Federal and OH EPAs to clean up illegal dump site

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MORAINE, Ohio (AP) -- Federal and state environmental officials are working together to clean up a southwest Ohio site containing rusted drums of arsenic and lead that could affect the region's drinking water.

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says the cleanup of the Moraine site beginning Monday is expected to take several months.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/ZDO8Ed) reports the property is near the Opossum Creek tributary of the Great Miami River. Officials say the river can influence the quality of groundwater, a source of the region's drinking water.

The illegal dump site was designated a Superfund site after a December investigation found it contained between 50 to 100 drums of lead-based ink or paint and 80,000 scrap tires.

Officials believe the property may have been a junkyard decades ago.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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