County cracks down on illegal dumping with new crime unit

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County officials are cracking down on illegal dumping with the formation of an environmental crime unit.

A deputy will be assigned full-time to the unit, officials said at a press conference Wednesday. Sheriff Jim Neil says the task force will investigate environmental crimes throughout the county.

Officials are asking residents to report illegal dumping offenses through a new online portal. You can access that portal here.

The agreement between the sheriff's office and the district will last three years, Neil says.

One focus of the program is to combat tire dumping, which creates a nuisance and a breeding ground of mosquitoes carrying diseases through water accumulation, authorities say.

"Illegal dumping is not anything we want to see happening in our community. That we are better than that and that we all want a better quality of life than to live in a community where we the kind of dumping that we're now going to be enforcing vigorously," Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune said.

Officials say the unit will work closely with the prosecutor's office, public health, the health department, the department of public service, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, and Ohio EPA.

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