News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


UPDATE: Criminal charges in Youngstown dumping case are expected today
Meanwhile, the owner of D&L is appealing revocation of his permits
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Clean-up crews continue to work on a tributary of the Mahoning River as well as storm sewers.
Courtesy of M.L. Schultze
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
UPDATE: The U.S. attorneys office is holding a press conference in Youngstown at 1 this afternoon to announce criminal charges in the dumping case.

The director of the Ohio EPA expects legal action in the “very near” future. And he expects criminal investigators to be in Youngstown again today to continue questioning employees of a company accused of dumping tens of thousands of gallons of oil-drilling waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River. Meanwhile, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the owner of the company has an informal hearing today in which he's challenging revocation of his permits.
SCHULTZE: EPA Director on Younstown criminal investigation

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:11)


Two weeks ago tonight, the state got an anonymous tip that employees of D&L Energy were dumping tankers of brine, mud and other waste into a storm sewer in an area of warehouses  in the northwest side of Youngstown. 

Clean-up crews remain on the site. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources pulled D&L’s permits to haul and store the waste, and the U.S. Department of Justice has joined the state and federal EPA in a criminal investigation.

State EPA Director Scott Nally, says part of the difficulty is figuring out how much was dumped and how much of that happened before Jan. 31.

“Obviously, we were not present, or ODNR present on any of the potentially historical dumps that we’ve heard floating around various number of the media, and until somebody fesses up to how many times, we’re not quite sure.

The EPA has said D&L’s owner, Ben Lupo,  told investigators he thought he was doing the right thing in directing the dumping.  Nally says there is “absolutely no way he could have even thought for a second that that would have been an appropriate means of disposal.”

Lupo has not responded to calls for comment, but he is scheduled for a hearing at 10 this morning with the head of ODNR's oil and gas division. He's challenging the permanent revocation of his permits to haul, store and dispose of oil-field waste.  


Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University