Public Information Session on
General Environmental Management Hazardous Waste Violations
Monday, December 18, 2006
City of Cleveland, Public Utilities Building
1201 Lakeside Avenue
Sponsored by Ohio EPA and Cleveland Division of Air Quality
Ohio EPA and the Cleveland Division of Air Quality have announced they will hold an
“information session” to discuss hazardous waste violations at General Environmental
Management. Ohio EPA cited GEM in September for eleven counts of violations of
hazardous waste storage, labelling, disposal, transportation, design, and operations laws.
This is the first time that these two agencies have held a public meeting about the
problems at General Environmental Management. It is an opportunity for people
in Cleveland to make it clear we do not want GEM to get away with polluting the air
and endangering its neighbors.
Facts about General Environmental Management (GEM):
GEM is an industrial waste treatment facility located in Cleveland’s Flats. On
April 20, 2006, GEM had a catastrophic fire and explosion which sent five people
to the hospital, some with severe burns. After the fire, the City of Cleveland Fire
Department filed legal action to keep GEM shut down until they met the fire
codes, but the court allowed GEM to resume partial operations.
General Environmental Management's record shows a pattern of violations of city
fire safety codes and virtually every environmental law that they are supposed to
follow. For a list of these violations, go to:
The “biotreatment” unit at GEM’s operations, which has been identified as the
source of GEM’s terrible odors, has been operating with no restrictions on its air
emissions ever since it went on-line approximately two years ago. GEM
management has asserted that its emissions are not significant enough to require a
permit, so the City of Cleveland has never required them to take air tests, despite
receiving 100 odor complaints.
*Over 1500 people have written or called Mayor Frank Jackson since the explosion in
April, urging him to shut GEM down.
For more background information, go to
If you want more information or need transportation, please call Ohio Citizen Action at
216-861-5200 or email email@example.com.