Austin Master

Waste Disposal at a Cost

Austin Master is a waste disposal company located in Martins Ferry. The facility has been located in town since 2015 and sits atop the city's aquifer, which feeds water into Martins Ferry and Bridgeport.

Processing potentially radioactive waste daily could contaminate the air and water in and around Belmont County. Don't we deserve to live without these hazards?

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Austin Master Facts

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports state that some of the waste is so highly radioactive that it must be shipped to Utah to be disposed of since no local landfill can take it.

  • The site is just around 2,500 feet from Purple Rider Stadium, East Ohio Regional Hospital and the United Dairy, and just a few hundred feet from the water plant and homes.

  • The facility operates on top of the aquifer (underground water network) that feeds the Martins Ferry public drinking water wells and is located in a flood plain.

  • The EPA's water assessment of Ferry's water wells states that they are highly susceptible to contamination - adding to the importance of protecting our water.

  • Oil & gas wastewater or "brine" contains heavy metals, toxic levels of salt, and radium. Radium flows with water, can travel with dust, and can be breathed or ingested into the human body. Because radium has a chemical make-up similar to calcium, once inside the body it accumulates in bones.

  • The facility operates with open doors, potentially leading to contamination of the community with radioactive airborne particles.

  • If a fire were to ignite, the water used to put out the fire could contaminate groundwater and drinking water wells.

  • It is not known what other types of hazardous waste is being sent to Austin Masters.

  • Workers are potentially being exposed and are likely spreading the radioactive material from their clothes and shoes out into the community.

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