Community group wants answers about hazmat situation

Residents in the area that surrounds Western Avenue and Corinth Street say they have been ignored by city leaders and the company responsible.

Junction Coalition leaders gather to discuss hazmat situation on Nov. 13, 2020. (Jaden Jefferson)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Around 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5th, the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department responded to reports of a strong odor coming from a large area along Western Avenue and Corinth Street. Turns out, that smell came from an accidental hazmat spill from a nearby company.

A group of community members are part of the “Junction Coalition”, an organization that wants answers about the hazmat spill and the company behind it, held accountable.

Residents say that they have been dealing with minor health issues, such as: headaches, dizziness, a burning sensation to the eyes, and sickness. The Junction Coalition wants to hear from Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, the company behind the spill as well as Toledo Fire & Rescue, to gain additional information about the hazardous material that was spilled in their neighborhood.

Junction Coalition Safety Committee Chair Kenny Boles says that he was made aware that the City of Toledo had put out social media posts about the hazardous material spill, but he would prefer that city leaders go door to door to communicate their message.

Video: Nick Mandros of the Ohio Environmental Council discusses Toledo hazmat spill

Nick Mandros sits on the Ohio Environmental Council and attended today’s group meeting in order to hear feedback from residents and advocate for concise communication between city leaders and the community.