Ohio EPA presents preferred plan for Fayette cleanup 7.22.09

Written by David Green.

The Ohio EPA is calling for status quo at the site of the former Fayette Tubular Products site and the adjacent property owned by the school district.

At a public meeting July 14, representatives from the Ohio EPA met with village and school officials and area residents to present the preferred plan for cleanup of the site.

A public comment period was initially scheduled to end a week after the hearing, but was later extended until Aug. 3.

Comments and questions about the plan can be submitted for inclusion in the public record by sending e-mail to [email protected] or by writing to: Edward Onyia, 347 N. Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402.

Comments will be addressed at a later date.

The preferred plan calls for continuation of the ground water filtering system that’s been in operation for several years. The plan also looks for “natural attenuation” of the existing contaminants in which pollutants would break down naturally over time.

Furthermore, the former factory site is to be used only for industrial purposes and the former school site must remain as “green space” in accord with an agreement between the school board and D.H. Holdings, the company charged with cleaning up the site.

The plan calls for creation of a local ordinance to prohibit the use of shallow ground water for potable purposes. Subsurface activities within the contaminated area at the factory site should be prohibited and a floor inspection, maintenance and repair regimen will be undertaken to prevent chemical vapors from migrating into the air.

Additional details about the 40-minute meeting will appear in a later edition of the Observer.

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