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Broken glass contaminates soil near U.S. 6 and Ohio 61

Register • May 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Driving south on Ohio 61 when the sun is shining at just the right angle, you may be as surprised as I was. One particular area will glitter like there are a million diamonds shining at you. In reality and after investigation you will see that the problem is an environmental ground contamination nightmare. That’s because an old greenhouse was torn down with improper cleanup of the soil. The soil is contaminated with millions of small glass shards shining. This made my mind wander to the dilapidated greenhouse on the corner of U.S. 6 and Ohio 61.

Glass is broken and contaminating the soil the very same way. Millions of glass shards that will take thousands of years or more to allow nature’s natural removal are polluting the soil in and around the structure.

After investigation with several government agencies I find that the owners of the land are apparently hiding behind the fact the land is zoned agricultural, which allows the owners to contaminate their land. No one with authority seems willing to step forward and put a stop to this sad situation. In my mind the thought immediately comes to mind — political payoff? How can this happen? Never would I have thought the owners of this land would not take pride in their land as I do my holdings.

Never would I believe our government agencies, from city to township to federal, would allow this type of neglect and contamination to occur. In my beautiful small town of Vermilion, someone with authority would stop a similar problem.

I can say this to all the people who drive by and see this abortion. I’m so sorry, all of Erie County people are not like this, we are proud of our homes and lands.

Our farmers are not all like this, most stand tall and are proud of their holdings.

It’s just a sad situation when people lose their pride of ownership and then our government stands by and allows this type of nature contamination to happen.

—Ben Gleason


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