11/29/17
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Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Plan Addressing Contamination at Bowling Green Site

The preferred plan to address the former Cooper Tire and Rubber Company property in Bowling Green will be the subject of an Ohio EPA public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details and answer questions about the preferred plan. During the hearing, which will immediately follow the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the plan.

Cooper Standard Automotive purchased the 25-acre site at 1175 North Main St., Bowling Green, from Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. in 2004. The property had been used by Cooper Tire to manufacture rubber hoses and seals for the automotive industry. Other businesses used the site for manufacturing before Cooper Tire began operations. Trichloroethylene (TCE), a common industrial solvent, is the primary contaminant being addressed by the preferred plan.

An interim remedial action has been taken to reduce TCE in soil and ground water on the site. Cooper Standard Automotive provided four alternatives for Ohio EPA to consider to prevent potential human exposure to the chemical. The alternative selected includes limiting the property to industrial or commercial uses, maintaining the asphalt parking lot as a cap over contaminated soil, installing a passive ventilation system, sampling sub-slab soil gas and indoor air and restricting ground water use.

The preferred plan can be viewed online or at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green; call 419-352-8461 to make an appointment. A copy of the preferred plan also has been provided to the Wood County District Public Library, 251 North Main St., Bowling Green.

Written comments on the preferred plan will be accepted at the hearing or may be emailed to ghassan.tafla@epa.ohio.gov or mailed to Ghassan Tafla, Site Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 20, 2017.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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