Athens Mayor Reacts To Logan Solid Waste Decision

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Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl says he's disappointed by the failure of a new management plan for the Athens Hocking Joint Solid Waste District.  

This is the third time Logan City Council has shot down a waste management plan.  

It's now up to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to step in and develop a plan and Wiehl says it's going to be a lot more expensive than the one just rejected by Logan.

Wiehl says the counties have to accept the EPA's changes or risk having to deal with hefty fines.

"We're not driving the bus here.  We're just, we're going along for the ride.  We are the number one waste generator in the district.  I think number two is the university, so we're players," says Wiehl.

The Waste District is under the control of both sets of county commissioners.  

The EPA's plan will need to cover both recycling and trash needs.