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Steubenville Revitalization Group urges opposition to Crossridge landfill reopening

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Revitalization Group is encouraging area businesses, nonprofits and professionals to make sure the “appropriate state authorities” know what they think about a proposal to reopen a landfill just outside city limits.

Those who’d like to comment should submit their thoughts, on paper, to the SRG, which will make sure the information gets to the powers-that-be, the organization said.

New York-based Greenway Reclamation has proposed reopening the old Crossridge Landfill, correcting legacy environmental issues there and accepting out-of-state baled solid wastes, but it’s met with stiff opposition from local leaders as well as private residents who say it’s much too close to Steubenville, Wintersville and Mingo Junction.

“The close proximity of this Landfill to this large population center would endanger the health and happiness of many of our fellow citizens,” SRG said. “It would also immediately undo all of the efforts that we as a board and (the) membership of Steubenville Revitalization Group have been working towards for over 12 years. “

In a press release Saturday, SRG said it wants to make sure state and federal lawmakers “and the bureaucrats involved in the decision making process” understand how locals feel about the idea.

“We hold our local governments to a high standard by encouraging them to oppose,” SRG said. “This is an opportunity to join our voices with them as vested stakeholders in the region.”

Those interested in joining the fight can email their thoughts to info@downtown steubenvillesrg.com or mail a hard copy to Steubenville Revitalization Group, P.O. Box 602 Steubenville, OH 43952.

Jefferson County commissioners, meanwhile, reiterated their position on the proposal, saying “we are adamantly opposed to any landfill coming to Jefferson County.”

“We have sent letters of opposition to state and federal elected officials,” Commissioner Thomas Graham said. “The commissioners have no authority to stop this landfill company. But we can, will, and have stated our complete opposition to any landfill in Jefferson county. We will continue to state our position to those who have the authority, which is primarily the EPA and the Belmont/Jefferson solid waste board.”

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