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The right track?

July 29, 2012
Morning Journal News


Regarding the July 21 Morning Journal article about the sale of the former Youngstown and Southern Railroad to Tervita LLC. This is the railroad that is being used to haul East Coast construction debris and trash of questionable content like medical waste to the polluting dump about Negley. The Port Authority is understandably anxious to off-load their $1.7 million debt since acquiring the railroad and recoup investment expenses. Isn't it about time the Port Authority gave up on this unwanted scheme of trash transportation that is not only harmful to the environment but to the health and welfare of the people of Negley? That railroad pathway and location would make an excellent bike and hiking trail for a number of communities in Mahoning and Columbiana County. Come on, Movers and Shakers, do something positive once for the environment and we people who live in it.

Recent and reliable sources in the community-more than a rumor-indicate garbage is now seriously considered for this landfill/dump, although according to a July 15 Morning Journal article OEPA media relations coordinator, Mike Settles, is quoted as stating this would require a permit change and no permit change application has yet been received from Total Waste Logistics. The operative word in "yet."

John Herbert

East Palestine



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