Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization

Oversees investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites; permitting, inspection, compliance and reporting of hazardous waste sites; and provides assistance and guidance for the voluntary cleanup and reuse of brownfield sites.

Announcements/Highlights

June 2018

June 1, 2018
  • On June 1, 2018, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a Decision Document identifying the selected alternative to remediate contamination at the site located at 1175 North Main Street, Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio, formerly known as Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Site). In the future the Site will be referred to as Cooper Standard. Neither Cooper Standard Automotive, Inc. nor Cooper Tire & Rubber Company were involved with the historical release of contamination on the Site.

    The Site is currently owned by Cooper Standard Automotive, Inc. who purchased the property in 2004. Historical Site activities included flame cutting, welding, shearing, punching, forming, machining, honing, solvent degreasing, assembly, priming and painting (both dip and spray). TCE, xylenes, and other solvents were used in the past on Site.

    On November 9, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a Preferred Plan that outlined Ohio EPA’s preferred alternative to remediate contamination at the Site. A public meeting was held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, during which public comments on the Preferred Plan were accepted. In addition, written comments on the Preferred Plan were accepted through December 20, 2017. No comments were received during the public comment period.

    A copy of the Decision Document has been provided to the Wood County District Public Library, located at 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green. The Decision Document and related materials are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northwest district office, by calling (419) 352-8486, or via the internet on the Northwest District Office Website at: http://epa.ohio.gov/districts.aspx#115772914-northwest.

May 2018

May 30, 2018
  • On May 29, 2018, the Director of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued as a final action Director’s Final Findings and Orders to Containercraft, Inc. to implement remedial design / remedial action (RD/RA) work at its facility property located at 144 Plymouth Street, in Lexington, Richland County, Ohio. The purpose of the RD/RA work involves the continued operation and augmentation of a sub-slab vapor mitigation system to reduce the source of perchloroethylene (PCE) in subsurface soil underlying the Property. Containercraft, Inc. will further evaluate PCE removal volumes to verify whether the system is operating effectively and determine if adjustments are needed. The remedial goals are to: (a) prevent inhalation of vapors emanating from soil, and (b) prevent migration of the PCE in the shallow soil from leaching to ground water.

    The Director’s Final Findings and Orders, and related documents, are available for review by appointment at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office: call Ohio EPA’s Northwest District at (419) 352-8486 or schedule via the Northwest District Office website at http://epa.ohio.gov/districts.aspx#115772914-northwest.

     

May 17, 2018
  • On May 14, 2018, Ohio EPA issued a Statement of Basis for remedy selection to Jewel Acquisition, LLC located at 1500 West Main St, Louisville, Ohio 44641. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts May 21, 2018 and ends on July 6, 2018.

April 2018

April 30, 2018
  • On April 26th, the Director of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued as a final action Director’s Final Findings and Orders to the Scott’s Company, LLC and Marysville Estates, L.L.C. to implement investigation and remediation activities at the former Ray Lewis Landfill, located at the northeast corner of Holly Drive and Cypress Drive, Marysville, Union County, Ohio.  The purpose of the investigation and remediation activities are to remediate soil and unused ground water, for any purpose, including drinking water, at the site.  The Director’s Final Findings and Orders require the following actions: investigate the nature and extent of releases of contaminants and implement a remedy to address the contaminants.  Both the investigation and remediation at the site will be conducted in a way that ensures the protection of human health and the environment.  The remediation will also ensure that human health and the environment remain protected at the site and the surrounding areas in the future.

    Site documents are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office by calling 614-728-3778 or e-mailing  lisa.oltman@epa.ohio.gov for an appointment.  A copy of these Director’s Final Findings and Orders is available for review and download at the following link:  LEWIS RAY LANDFILL, MARYSVILLE - DFFO - 4/26/2018 - REMEDIAL RESPONSE - UNION - 180000938 - 814436

April 9, 2018
  • On April 5, 2018, Ohio EPA issued a Corrective Action Statement of Basis to The Scotts Company, LLC located at 14111 Scottslawn Road, Marysville, Ohio 43065. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts April 12, 2018 and ends on June 1, 2018.

March 2018

March 19, 2018
  • On March 15, 2018, Ohio EPA issued a Draft Class 3 Modified Permit to Clean Water LTD located at 300 Cherokee Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45417. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts March 22, 2018 and ends on May 10, 2018.

March 16, 2018
  • On March 16, 2018, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued a preferred plan concerning the Former Kilgore Manufacturing site located at 600 North Spring Road in Westerville, Delaware County, Ohio. The preferred plan summarizes the history of the site and the investigation of contamination at the site, provides an analysis of the feasibility of remedial alternatives, and outlines Ohio EPA’s preferred alternative for remediation.

    The site was used to manufacture flares, fireworks, and other explosives and incendiaries during the 1950s and 1960s. These activities caused contamination of soil, sediment, and ground water with various chemicals. The preferred alternative includes excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 3,300 cubic yards of contaminated soils from five areas of concern; excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 75 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from two areas of concern and nearby hot spots; and entering an environmental covenant (i.e., institutional controls) for recreational and non-residential land (i.e., educational) use, prohibition of ground water use, a risk mitigation plan for potentially asbestos-containing materials in soil, and annual reporting and inspections.

    Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, to answer questions and to accept comments on the preferred plan. The public meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science located at 600 North Spring Road in Westerville, Ohio. The public meeting will begin with an information session during which Ohio EPA will present a summary of the preferred plan and answer questions. After the information session the public can submit oral or written comments for the record regarding the preferred plan.

    In addition, Ohio EPA will accept written comments through May 8, 2018. Anyone may submit written comments on the preferred plan by U.S. mail to Robin Roth, Site Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Central District Office, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or by email to him at Robin.Roth@epa.ohio.gov. Ohio EPA will consider all comments submitted during the public comment period before taking a final action.

    A copy of the preferred plan has been provided to the Otterbein Courtright Memorial Library, located at 138 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081. The preferred plan and related documents are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office by calling (614) 728-3778 for an appointment, or at the link below.

February 2018

February 8, 2018
  • Ohio EPA has added three new types of Universal Waste (UW) to our existing UW Rules. They are Paint and Paint-Related Waste, Antifreeze and Non-Empty Aerosol Containers. According to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-51-09, UW are not fully regulated as hazardous waste. See OAC rule 3745-273-89 to learn which wastes are eligible to be managed as a universal waste under Chapter 3745-273.

December 2017

December 22, 2017
  • On December 21, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a Draft Ohio Hazardous Waste Director Initiated Modification for Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc. located at 876 Otter Creek Road, Oregon, Ohio 43616. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts December 27, 2017 and ends on February 23, 2018.

    For more information, please see the factsheet, the strikeout permit, and the draft permit.

Archived Announcements/Highlights

November 13, 2017
  • PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA Issues Preferred Plan for
    Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, Bowling Green, Ohio;
    Public Meeting to be Held

    On November 9, 2017, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued a Preferred Plan concerning the former Cooper Tire and Rubber Company located at 1175 North Main Street, Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio (Site). The Preferred Plan summarizes the history of the Site and the investigation of contamination at the Site, provides an analysis of the feasibility of remedial alternatives, and outlines Ohio EPA’s preferred alternative for remediation.

    The Site is currently owned by Cooper Standard Automotive (CSA), which purchased the property from Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper Tire) in 2004. Historical Site activities included flame cutting, welding, shearing, punching, forming, machining, honing, solvent degreasing, assembly, priming and painting (both dip and spray). TCE, xylenes, and other solvents were used in the past on Site. The preferred alternative includes: Institutional controls limiting the property to commercial/industrial use; Utilizing the current parking lot as an asphalt cap; maintenance and repair programs for the asphalt cap and Site Building floor; Installing a passive ventilation system; Sub-slab soil gas and indoor air sampling; and, Ground water management and monitoring.

    Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, to answer questions and to accept comments on the Preferred Plan. The public meeting will begin at 6:00pm at the Ohio EPA 347 N. Dunbridge Road in Bowling Green. The public meeting will begin with an information session during which Ohio EPA will present a summary of the Preferred Plan and answer questions. After the information session, the public can submit oral or written comments for the record regarding the Preferred Plan.

    In addition, Ohio EPA will accept written comments through December 20, 2017. Anyone may submit written comments on the Preferred Plan by writing to: Ghassan Tafla, Site coordinator, Ohio EPA, Northwest District Office 347 N. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Comments can also be faxed to Ghassan Tafla at (419) 352-8468 or e-mailed to him at ghassan.tafla@epa.ohio.gov. Ohio EPA will consider all comments submitted during the public comment period before taking a final action.

    A copy of the Preferred Plan has been provided to the Wood County District Public Library located at 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green. The Preferred Plan and related documents can be made available, as part of a formal records request, by contacting Ohio EPA’s Northwest District at (419 352-8486) or via the internet on the Northwest District Office website.

    COOPER PREFERRED PLAN
October 12, 2017
  • PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA Issues Amended Preferred Plan for
    Zeidrich Dump, Minerva, Ohio
    Public Meeting to be Held

    On October 11, 2017, the Ohio Environmental Protection agency (Ohio EPA) issued an Amended Preferred Plan concerning the Zeidrich Dump located near East Line Road, approximately 1,300 feet east of the Village of Minerva, Minerva, Columbiana County, Ohio. The Amended Preferred Plan summarizes the history of the Site and the investigation of contamination at the Site, provides an analysis of the feasibility of remedial alternatives, and outlines Ohio EPA’s preferred alternative for remediation.

    The Site is a 1.5 – 2-acre landfill, where approximately 16,000 tons of municipal and industrial waste were disposed in a ravine. From 1963 to 1970, the landfill accepted industrial wastes that included ceramic mold material, which contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and drummed wastes. The drummed wastes consisted primarily of caustic soda, baghouse dust, solvents, and elemental mercury. The preferred alternative includes: excavation and off-site disposal of landfill materials; groundwater assessment to determine remedy effectiveness and mitigation, if needed; ground water use restriction, if necessary; and mitigation of impacts to adjacent wetlands as necessary.

    Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017, to answer questions and to accept comments on the Amended Preferred Plan. The public meeting will begin at 6:00pm at the Minerva Highschool, located at 501 Almeda Avenue, Minerva, Ohio 44657. The public meeting will begin with an information session during which Ohio EPA will present a summary of the Amended Preferred Plan and answer questions. After the information session, the public can submit oral or written comments for the record regarding the Amended Preferred Plan.

    In addition, Ohio EPA will accept written comments through December 18, 2017. Anyone may submit written comments on the Amended Preferred Plan by writing to: Edward D’Amato, Site Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087. Comments can also be faxed to Edward D’Amato at 330-487-0769, or e-mailed to him at Ed.Damato@epa.ohio.gov. Ohio EPA will consider all comments submitted during the public comment period before taking a final action.

    A copy of the Amended Preferred Plan has been provided to the Minerva Public Library, located at 677 Lynwood Drive, Minerva, Ohio 44657. The Amended Preferred Plan and related documents are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office by calling 330-963-1200 for an appointment, or via the internet at the following link: http://epa.ohio.gov/Districts.aspx#115772912-northeast
October 3, 2017
  • On October 3, 2017, Ohio EPA reissued a draft Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility Installation and Operation Permit and a Draft Modified Ohio Hazardous Waste Facility Installation and Operation Permit to Retriev Technologies, Inc. located at 265 Quarry Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts October 4, 2017 and ends on November 7, 2017.

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.
September 28, 2017
  • On September 27, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a draft Renewal Permit to PPG Industries Ohio, Inc located at 559 Pittsburgh Road Circleville, OH 43113. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts October 5, 2017 and ends on November 30, 2017.

    A public meeting will be held on November 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Pickaway County District Library Main Branch located at 1160 N. Court St. Circleville, OH 43113

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.
September 28, 2017
  • On September 26, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a draft Class 3 Modified Permit to AMG Vanadium, LLC located at 60790 Southgate Road ambridge, Ohio 43725. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts October 5, 2017 and ends on November 30, 2017.

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.
September 25, 2017
  • ​On September 28, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a draft Modified Permit to Clean Harbors Recycling Services of Ohio, LLC located at 581 Milliken Drive SE, Hebron, Ohio 43025. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts September 28, 2017 and ends on November 17, 2017.

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.
September 8, 2017
  • PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA and Gould Electronics, Inc.
    Assessing Cleanup in Bridgeport
    Belmont County


    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and Gould Electronics, Inc., (Gould) are reviewing the effectiveness of the cleanup to address soil, sediment, surface water and ground water contamination at the Former Manufacturing Facility (Site) located approximately 2.5 miles west of Bridgeport, Ohio, on State Route 40. A five-year review of remedial actions is required at sites where cleanup activities are ongoing. The review will determine if cleanup activities remain protective of human health and the environment.

    The principal operation at the Former Manufacturing Facility was the production of bearings. Gould owned and operated the Site from 1969 through 1981. As a result of the manufacturing processes on the property, including a leak from an underground pipeline, industrial wastes (trichloroethylene [TCE]; 1,2-dichloroethene [1,2-DCE]; lead and arsenic) were released into the environment. The Former Manufacturing Facility Site is currently vacant and is owned by George Kryston.

    The remedial actions at the site addressed contamination in soil, sediment, surface water and ground water. Ohio EPA’s selected alternative for addressing soil contamination included excavation of the top two feet of Site soil and waste material which exceeded lead and arsenic soil remediation goals. The selected alternative for addressing sediment and surface water contamination was the development of a monitoring program to ensure progress towards meeting remediation goals. Ohio EPA’s selected alternative for addressing ground water contamination included the installation of a ground water extraction and treatment system consisting of extraction wells, equalization tank, air strippers, liquid phase and vapor phase carbon vessels. Phytoremediation of contaminants in soil and ground water utilizing hybrid poplar trees outside of the source area was also implemented. Additionally, deed restrictions were placed on the property to prevent potable use of contaminated ground water and restrictions of any non-residential use of the property where it would be reasonable to expect that adults or children would be exposed to soil or groundwater, specifically for the use of a school, daycare center or playground use.

    Documents relating to the investigation and cleanup of the site are available for review at the site information repository, the Bridgeport Public Library, located at 661 Main Street, Bridgeport, Ohio. Arrangements to review the documents at Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office can be made by calling (740) 385-8501 or by fax at (740) 385-6490. For more information or to comment on the cleanup activities, contact Shannon Cook at (740) 380-5278 or by email at shannon.cook@epa.ohio.gov.

September 8, 2017
  • PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA and Gould Electronics, Inc.
    Assessing Cleanup in McConnelsville
    Morgan County


    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and Gould Electronics, Inc., are reviewing the effectiveness of the cleanup to address soil and ground water contamination at the former Glacier Clevite Heavywall Bearing (GCHB) Site located at 5037 State Route 60, McConnelsville, Ohio. A five-year review of remedial actions is required at sites where cleanup activities are ongoing. The review will determine if cleanup activities remain protective of human health and the environment.

    The principal operation at the GCHB Site was the production of heavywall bearings for aircraft and locomotive engines and has supplied the power generation, energy transmission and marine equipment industries. As a result of the manufacturing processes on the property, industrial wastes including tetrachloroethylene (PCE); trichloroethylene (TCE); 1,1,1-trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCA); and carbon tetrachloride, were released into the environment. The property where GCHB formerly operated is currently owned by the Morgan County Improvement Corporation (MCIC), where MIBA Bearings, LLC. continues to manufacture heavywall bearings.

    Ohio EPA’s selected alternative for addressing soil contamination and the leaching of soil contamination to ground water was the installation of a soil vapor extraction (SVE) system to achieve cleanup goals. Ohio EPA’s selected alternative for addressing ground water contamination was hydraulic containment of the ground water plume with onsite recovery wells and onsite treatment of extracted ground water with air stripper towers. Additionally, an environmental covenant was enacted to prevent potable use of contaminated ground water on the property.

    Documents relating to the investigation and cleanup of the site are available for review at the site information repository, the Kate Love Simpson Library, located at 358 East Main Street, McConnelsville, Ohio. Arrangements to review the documents at Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office can be made by calling (740) 385-8501 or by fax at (740) 385-6490. For more information or to comment on the cleanup activities, contact Shannon Cook at (740) 380-5278 or by email at shannon.cook@epa.ohio.gov.

June 28, 2017
  • On June 28, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a draft Ohio Hazardous Waste Renewal Permit to Heritage Thermal Services, Inc., for its facility located at 1250 Saint George Street, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts June 29, 2017 and ends on August 18, 2017.

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.

June 6, 2017
  • PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA Issues Preferred Plan for
    Former Kilgore Manufacturing Site, Westerville, Ohio;
    Public Meeting to be held

    ** The public meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled **

    On May 30, 2017, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued a Preferred Plan concerning the Former Kilgore Manufacturing Site located at 600 North Spring Road, Westerville, Delaware County, Ohio (Site). The Preferred Plan summarizes the history of the Site and the investigation of contamination at the Site, provides an analysis of the feasibility of remedial alternatives, and outlines Ohio EPA’s preferred alternative for remediation.

    The Site is comprised of approximately 40 acres of vacant property that is partially wooded and overgrown with dense grasses and brush. Approximately 10 acres of the Site is wetlands. The Site was a farm that was converted to a pyrotechnics and ordinance manufacturing facility for World War II. The chemicals of concern at the Site include dioxins/furans and metals. The preferred alternative includes: Soil Alternative S-5, Excavation of Areas of Concern (AOCs)1,2, 3, 6, and 8; Sediment Alternative SED-4, Excavation of AOCs 1, 5, 8 and Miscellaneous Locations; and Ground Water Alternative G-2, Land Use Controls; please see Preferred Plan link to better describe the proposed areas for excavation.

    Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 24, 2017, to answer questions and to accept comments on the Preferred Plan. The public meeting will begin at 6 pm at the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science, located at 600 N. Spring Road in Westerville. The public meeting will begin with an information session during which Ohio EPA will present a summary of the Preferred Plan and answer questions. After the information session, the public can submit oral or written comments for the record regarding the Preferred Plan.

    In addition, Ohio EPA will accept written comments through August 4, 2017. Anyone may submit written comments on the Preferred Plan by writing to: Robin Roth, Site coordinator, Ohio EPA, Central District Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio 43216. Comments can also be faxed to Robin Roth at (614) 728-3898 or e-mailed to Robin.Roth@epa.ohio.gov. Ohio EPA will consider all comments submitted during the public comment period before taking a final action.

    A copy of the Preferred Plan has been provided to the Courtright Memorial Library, located at 138 West Main Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081. The Preferred Plan and related documents are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office by calling (614) 728-3778 for an appointment, or via the internet at http://www.epa.state.oh.us/Districts.aspx#115772913-central.

    Kilgore Manufacuring Westerville - Preferred Plan [.PDF]

May 18, 2017
  • On March 31, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a draft Ohio Hazardous Waste Director Initiated Modification for Ross Incineration Services Inc. located at 36790 Giles Road Grafton, Ohio 44044. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts April 13, 2017 and ends on May 31, 2017.

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.

March 31, 2017
  • On March 31, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a draft Ohio Hazardous Waste Renewal Permit to IRG Dayton II, LLC, for its site, known as, Former Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC Wisconsin Boulevard Operations, located at 1515 Cincinnati Street Dayton, Ohio 45406. Written comments relating to this draft action may be submitted before the end of the comment period. The comment period starts April 6, 2017 and ends on May 31, 2017.

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.

January 27, 2017
  • On January 26, 2017, Ohio EPA issued a draft Ohio Hazardous Waste Renewal Permit to Klor Kleen, Inc. located at 3118 Spring Grove Ave in Cincinnati, Ohio 45225. The comment period starts February 2, 2017 and ends on March 22, 2017.

    For more information, please see the factsheet and the draft permit.

January 18, 2017
  • On January 13, 2017 the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) finalized a Modified Decision Document identifying the selected modified alternative to remediate contamination at the Coopermill Road Dump site located at 1313 Coopermill Road, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio (Site). A copy of the Ohio EPA’s Modified Decision Document to remediate the Site and related documents are available at: Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 E. Front Street, Logan, Ohio 43138 and/or the Muskingum County Library – John McIntire Library, 220 North 5th Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701.

    The complete public notice including instructions for requesting information may be obtained at: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/Actions.aspx

    Coopermill Road Dump – Zanesville

January 10, 2017
  • Notice is hereby given that the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has dismissed a verified complaint in accordance with Ohio Revised Code § 3745.08(B). The complaint was filed by Ashley Kessler for the alleged violations of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 6111 and ORC Chapter 3734. Ms. Kessler asserts that the BP Property is causing pollution to waters of the state and/or improperly disposing of hazardous or solid waste; she has requested an investigation to identify and remediate any on-going violations. Based on the investigation conducted concerning this matter, the Director has determined that no violations actionable under Ohio EPA’s authority have occurred.

    A copy of the Director’s dismissal letter may be obtained from the Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049 or Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

    This action of the Director is final and may be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (“Commission”) pursuant to ORC 3745.04. The appeal must be in writing and set forth the action complained of and the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The appeal must be filed with the Commission within thirty (30) days after notice of the Director’s action. The appeal must be accompanied by a filing fee of $70.00, made payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio”, which the Commission, in its discretion, may reduce if by affidavit it is demonstrated that payment of the full amount of the fee would cause extreme hardship. Notice of the filing of the appeal shall be filed with the Director within three (3) days after the appeal is filed with the Commission. Ohio EPA requests that a copy of the appeal be served upon the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Enforcement Section. An appeal may be filed with the Commission at the following address:

    Environmental Review Appeals Commission
    77 South High Street, 17th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215

January 4, 2017
  • On January 4, 2017 the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) finalized a Decision Document identifying the selected alternative to remediate contamination at Operable Unit 10 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works site located at 1897 Fairport Nursery Road, Painesville Township, Lake County, Ohio (Site). A copy of the Ohio EPA’s Decision Document to remediate the Site and related documents are available at: Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 E. Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44081 and/or http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/remedial/cleanup_plans/cleanupplans.aspx.

    The complete public notice including instructions for requesting information or appealing this final action may be obtained at: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/Actions.aspx or: Hearing Clerk, Ohio EPA, PO Box 1049, 50 W. Town St. Columbus, Ohio 43216. Ph.: 614-644-2129 email: HClerk@epa.state.oh.us.

December 19, 2016
  • On November 29, 2016, Ohio EPA issued a draft Ohio Hazardous Waste Renewal Permit to Chemical Solvents, Inc. located at 1010 Denison Ave in Cleveland, Ohio. The comment period starts November 29, 2016 and ends on February 10, 2017. For more information, please see the factsheet. The draft permit can be found here.

December 19, 2016
  • On December 16, 2016 the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency issued Final Findings and Orders to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Shawn & Melissa Sexton, J. Gregory Fields, and Sanitation Commercial Services, Inc. for Jackson County Landfill located at 1851 Smith Bridge Road, Jackson, Jackson County, Ohio (Site). These Orders require completion of Remedial Design/Remedial Action activities related to the soil and groundwater at the Site along with cost recovery requiring that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company pay Ohio EPA’s past and future response costs related to Ohio EPA’s role in assisting in the completion of remediation activities related to contamination at the Site.


    Jackson County Landfill RD/RA
December 9, 2016
  • Verified Complaint Received – Narrative for Ohio EPA Notices Webpage

    Stark County

    PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA Received a Verified Complaint for
    Tyler Lautzenheiser
    11522 Lawndell Rd SW, Navarre, Ohio

    Notice is hereby given that the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has received a verified complaint in accordance with Ohio Revised Code § 3745.08(B). The complaint was filed by Tyler Lautzenheiser for the alleged violations of Ohio Revised Code 6111.043 and Ohio Administrative Code 3745-1-54. Tyler Lautzenheiser asserts that a point source is polluting the aquifer from which his on-property well draws drinking water; he has requested investigation to identify and remediate this potential point source.

    A copy of the verified complaint may be obtained from the Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049 or Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087.

November 9, 2016
  • PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA Director Issues
    Final Findings and Orders for
    Toledo Edison, Toledo, Ohio

    On November 9, 2016, the Director of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued as a final action Director’s Final Findings and Orders to Toledo Edison of Toledo, Ohio to requiring payment of past response costs at the Toledo Edison site, located at 1045 Post Street, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. The purpose of the cost recovery order is to pay for costs associated with investigatory activities related to the PCB contamination and subsequent remediation at the site. The Director’s Final Findings and Orders, and related documents, are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office by calling (419) 352-8461 for an appointment.

October 18, 2016
September 14, 2016
  • Verified Complaint Action Taken – Narrative for Ohio EPA Notices Web Page

    Stark County
    PUBLIC NOTICE
    Ohio EPA Takes Action on a Verified Complaint for
    Phillip Berresford

    Notice is hereby given that the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has dismissed a verified complaint in accordance with Ohio Revised Code § 3745.08(B). The complaint was filed by Philip Berresford for the alleged violations of Ohio Revised Code 6111.043 and Ohio Administrative Code 3745-1-54. Mr. Berresford asserts that a point source is polluting the aquifer from which his on-property well draws drinking water; he has requested investigation to identify and remediate this potential point source. Based on the investigation conducted concerning this matter, the Director has determined that no violations actionable under Ohio EPA’s authority have occurred.

    A copy of the Director’s dismissal letter may be obtained from the Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049 or Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087.

    This action of the Director is final and may be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (“Commission”) pursuant to ORC 3745.04. The appeal must be in writing and set forth the action complained of and the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The appeal must be filed with the Commission within thirty (30) days after notice of the Director’s action. The appeal must be accompanied by a filing fee of $70.00, made payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio”, which the Commission, in its discretion, may reduce if by affidavit it is demonstrated that payment of the full amount of the fee would cause extreme hardship. Notice of the filing of the appeal shall be filed with the Director within three (3) days after the appeal is filed with the Commission. Ohio EPA requests that a copy of the appeal be served upon the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Enforcement Section. An appeal may be filed with the Commission at the following address:

    Environmental Review Appeals Commission
    77 South High Street, 17th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215

August 24, 2016
  • The Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization (DERR) has developed a memorandum on action levels and response timeframes for sites that are being investigated for vapor intrusion of trichloroethene (TCE) and other associated chemicals. These actions levels and time frames are based primarily upon the short term exposures to TCE and the potential for cardiac malformations in developing fetuses. DERR developed this guidance in consultation with USEPA and use these risk levels and response times when conducting Ohio EPA lead investigations for the CERCLA and RCRA programs. This guidance does not have the force of law, but Ohio EPA recommends its use to outside stake holders, including the Voluntary Action Program (VAP), in evaluating the concentrations of volatile compounds in ground water, soil gas or indoor air in residences and commercial buildings.
August 17, 2016
  • On August 4, 2016, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (jointly, Trustees) issued a Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Ottawa River located in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. The RP/EA addresses natural resources injured and ecological services lost due to releases of hazardous substances to the Ottawa River, and outlines the Trustees’ selected alternative for restoration. The Trustees are in settlement negotiations with the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs), in which the PRPs would implement projects to compensate the public for injuries to natural resources due to releases of hazardous substances to the Ottawa River. Decades of manufacturing activity and improper waste disposal practices resulted in the release of hazardous substances to the Ottawa River and its watershed. The Selected Restoration Alternative in the RP/EA involves Natural Resource-based Restoration projects within the Western Lake Erie Basin and the Ottawa River that enhance and preserve aquatic habitat and natural areas through acquisition/protection and reestablishment of wetland, riparian, and upland habitats. The Trustees held a public meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Toledo City Council Chambers to answer questions and to accept comments on the RP/EA. The public meeting included an information session during which the Trustees presented a summary of the RP/EA. Written and oral comments were accepted at the meeting and through April 15, 2016. The Trustees considered all comments submitted during the public comment period before taking a final action, and the formal Response to Comments is included in the Final Restoration Plan. The RP/EA and related documents are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office by calling (419) 352-8461 or electronically at:
    http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/EnvironmentalResponseandRevitalization.aspx

    This action of the Director is final and may be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (Commission) pursuant to ORC 3745.04. The appeal must be in writing and set forth the action complained of and the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The appeal must be filed with the Commission within thirty (30) days after notice of the Director’s action. The appeal must be accompanied by a filing fee of $70.00, made payable to “Treasurer, State of Ohio”, which the Commission, in its discretion, may reduce if by affidavit it is demonstrated that payment of the full amount of the fee would cause extreme hardship. Notice of the filing of the appeal shall be filed with the Director within three (3) days after the appeal is filed with the Commission. Ohio EPA requests that a copy of the appeal be served upon the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Enforcement Section. An appeal may be filed with the Commission at the following address:

    Environmental Review Appeals Commission
    77 South High Street, 17th Floor
    Columbus, Ohio 43215

August 16, 2016
  • On August 4, 2016 the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (jointly, Trustees) issued a Final Natural Resource Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Nease Chemical Assessment Area located in Columbiana County, Ohio. The RP/EA addresses natural resources injured and ecological services lost due to releases of hazardous substances from the former Nease Chemical facility, and outlines the Trustees’ selected alternative for restoration.
August 4, 2016
  • On August 4, 2016 the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued Final Findings and Orders (Orders) to Rütgers Organics Corporation for the former Nease Chemical Company facility located on State Route 14A, Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio (Site). These Orders are a cost recovery settlement requiring that Rütgers Organics Corporation pay Ohio EPA’s past and future response costs related to Ohio EPA’s role in assisting the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the completion of remediation activities related to contamination at the Site.
May 27, 2016
  • The Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization (DERR) is rescinding aspects of its guidance document titled, “Sample Collection and Evaluation of Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air for Remedial Response and Voluntary Action Programs (May 2010).” DERR considers Chapter 10 (Data Evaluation) and Chapter 11 (Modeling the Vapor Intrusion Pathway) to be out of date and are no longer considered appropriate guidance for projects seeking cleanup under any of DERR’s programs. Until DERR has the opportunity to revise these chapters or issue new guidance, it is appropriate to rely on U.S. EPA’s guidance document titled, “Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion Pathway from Subsurface Vapor Sources to Indoor Air (June 2015)” and U.S. EPA’s Vapor Intrusion Screening Level (VISL) calculator.
May 26, 2016
  • The 2016 VAP Rule revisions became effective on May 26th. For more information about the new rules, click here.
March 4, 2016
  • Lucas County

     

    PUBLIC NOTICE

     

    Ohio EPA and U.S. FWS Issue Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Ottawa River,
    Toledo, Ohio;

     

    Public Meeting to be held

     

    On February 29, 2016, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (jointly, Trustees) issued a Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) for the Ottawa River located in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. The RP/EA addresses natural resources injured and ecological services lost due to releases of hazardous substances to the Ottawa River, and outlines the Trustees’ preferred alternative for restoration.

    Read more...
February 4, 2016
  • The webpage for Ohio Development Services Agency’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program is now available at https://www.development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_agsc.htm. On the webpage you will find program guidelines and resources to determine your site’s eligibility. ODSA anticipates the online application will be available on the webpage in mid- to late February.
January 14, 2016
  • Sunoco Logistics Mid-Valley Pipeline Release Site – Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning Issued
    The Director of Ohio EPA and the Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3 have issued a Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning to the Mid-Valley Pipeline Company and Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P., as well as any associated parent companies of those two entities. This public notice confirms that the designated State and Federal Trustees are currently undertaking restoration planning to assess and redress any injuries caused by the 2014 oil spill into the un-named creek within the Oak Glen Nature Preserve and adjacent private properties, all located in Hamilton County, Ohio.
November 20, 2015
  • Green I Landfill – Remedial Design / Remedial Action Order Issued
    The Director of Ohio EPA has issued a final action Directors Final Findings and Orders to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to implement Remedial Design and Remedial Action activities at the Green I Landfill site located off of Hunters Woods Road (Township Road 358), Section 36 of Green Township.
November 20, 2015
  • Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works Site – Decision Document Issued
    Ohio EPA has issued a plan identifying the selected alternative for the cleanup of Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works site located at 950 Elm Street, Painesville, Ohio.
November 13, 2015
  • The 2015 Winter SABR News edition is now available. Topics include: Stark County Port Authority - Former Alliance Community Hospital Project, Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant, Federal Grant Opportunities, Piqua Brownfield Funding Workshop, Interested Party Review - VAP Draft Rules, CP Annual Training, and Courses Approved for PDHUs.
October 21, 2015
  • USEPA has Announced their request for Proposals for their 2016 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants and on October 20 posted the grant proposal guidelines.

    Instructions to request and receive a state support letter for a grant proposal (required for all grant proposals) from Ohio EPA can be found here
September 15, 2015
  • The Call for Presentations for the 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference is now open. Presentation submittals must be received no later than November 30, 2015. The 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference will be at Hilton Columbus/Polaris on April 6 and 7, 2016.
August 26, 2015

***This updates and replaces an announcement previously posted on July 23, 2015.

  • This June, US EPA, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) issued final guidance for the evaluation of vapor intrusion to indoor air (US EPA VI guidance). The US EPA VI guidance, similar to DERR’s 2010 VI guidance, emphasizes a “multiple-lines of evidence” approach when evaluating the VI pathway. US EPA refers to the Vapor Intrusion Screening Level (VISL) Calculator as the preferred frontline screening methodology, and de-emphasizes reliance on mathematical models, the use of which is included in DERR’s 2010 VI guidance. This has led to some confusion on which tool to use to screen out the VI pathway or evaluate compliance with applicable standards for VAP.

    DERR has reviewed the new federal guidance for application when evaluating sites under our cleanup programs. For Remedial Response and RCRA sites, we are recommending use of the US EPA VI guidance for VI investigations, along with some aspects of the DERR’s 2010 VI guidance. For more specific information, please contact the appropriate program. Similarly, for VAP, we advise the use of the VISL Calculator for screening, with emphasis on further sampling (soil gas and indoor air) if site concentrations exceed screening levels. Mathematical modeling, which is permitted under the VAP rules, may have utility but should be evaluated on a site-specific basis. With respect to the Johnson and Ettinger model for vapor intrusion to indoor air specifically, the appropriateness of using this model has been called into question. However, no further action letters that include VI demonstrations may continue to rely on mathematical modeling conducted in accordance with the VAP rules and DERR’s 2010 VI guidance until such time the guidance is updated. We also strongly recommend you consult with the program if you have a project with VI issues, especially if you have or would like to rely upon VI modeling.
July 23, 2015
Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works – Preferred Plan Issued
  • Ohio EPA has issued a plan identifying the preferred alternative for the cleanup of Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works site located at 950 Elm Street, Painesville, Ohio. A public meeting on the Preferred Plan will be held on August 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Painesville Township Hall, 55 Nye Road, Painesville, Ohio. Public comment will be accepted at the public meeting and can be submitted to Ohio EPA through September 4, 2015.
April 30, 2015
  • The 2015 Spring SABR News is now available. Topics included in this issue: Youngstown Urban Core Redevelopment, Katie Courtright Joins Ohio EPA, Summit County Background Report, Planning Underway for 2016 Ohio Brownfields Conference, and more!.
April 27, 2015
  • The Conceptual Site Model (CSM) Guidance for use at DERR sites is now available. For more information, please visit the Misc. Remedial Response Guidance section on the Remedial Response program guidance page.
March 5, 2015
Draft Natural Resource Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment Issued for Nease Chemical Assessment Area
  • This Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) was prepared by Ohio EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Trustees) to address natural resources injured and ecological services lost due to releases of hazardous substances from the former Nease Chemical facility near Salem, Ohio. Public comments are being sought on this RP/EA and will be considered and incorporated in the Final RP/EA as appropriate. The Trustees will hold a community meeting on April 9, 2015, to answer questions and accept comments on the preferred plan. The community meeting will begin at 6 p.m., at the Salem Public Library (Quaker Room), 821 E. State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460.
November 7, 2014
  • The 2014 Winter SABR News issue is now available. Topics included in this issue: U.S. EPA Opens FY15 Brownfield Grant Round, Brownfield Funding Workshops, Recent CP Trainings, SABR Staff Changes, Chardon Rubber Company Cleanup and Redevelopment, and Courses Offered for PDHUs
October 20, 2014
  • U.S. EPA is opening the FY2015 Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant round by the end of October. If you are submitting an application/proposal for one of these grants, you will need a State Support Letter. Instructions on how to obtain a State Support Letter can be found here.
August 1, 2014
July 31, 2014
  • New Lab Certification applications for 2014 have been posted and can be found here.
July 1, 2014
  • New VAP Rules go into effect August 1, 2014. Please see the VAP Rules Page for more information.
April 8, 2014
  • View the new Community Brownfield Funding Resources webpage. This webpage provides a list of various sources of assistance available to communities for assessment, remediating, and redeveloping brownfield sites.
January 27, 2014
  • Effective January 22, 2014, ALS Environmental (CL0022) of Cincinnati, Ohio received certification for the analysis of Mercury on soil vapor and air. Please contact ALS Environmental for more information.
February 18, 2014
  • View the latest pre-approved courses, webinars, and archived webinars for PDHU credits!
November 21, 2013
November 14, 2013
September 6, 2013
August 16, 2013
  • Submit your presentation proposal for the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference. Submittals for this Call for Presentations must be received no later than the close of business on Nov. 15, 2013. Presentations submitted after that date will not be considered for the conference.
August 15, 2013
  • Save the Date!  The 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Visit our Ohio Brownfield Conference website for more info!
June 25, 2013
  • Read the latest SABR Newsletter for updates on PDHU courses, the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference, JobsOhio/Clean Ohio Interim Program and more!
May 30, 2013
  • View our new Summaries of CNS Projects web page. Find summaries of covenants not to sue (CNSs) issued by Ohio EPA in recent years, including historical use, types of contamination, applicable standards, remedies or land use restrictions, any state cleanup funds received, plans for redevelopment and photos.
April 18, 2013
April 12, 2013
  • The Clean Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Fund programs have leveraged over $10.00 of investment per grant dollar through the redevelopment of over 380 former commercial and industrial properties.If you have a project and would like to discuss funding opportunities please contact the JobsOhio Network Partner for your area.

What We Do

The Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization (DERR) handles the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites, including RCRA corrective action and closure, VAP, federal facilities, Superfund and remedial response. DERR provides emergency response and oversight of environmental emergencies, spills, incidents and releases, as well as emergency preparedness assistance. DERR also provides assistance and guidance to communities and private entities interested in assessment, clean up and reuse of brownfield sites.

Mission Statement

The Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization protects human health and improves the quality of the environment for present and future generations through the prevention, identification, investigation, regulation and remediation of chemical and petroleum hazards in all environmental media.

Long-Term Goals

  • Determine that sites are safe for their intended use.

  • Effectively and efficiently respond to the sudden releases of contaminants that may negatively impact Ohio's environment.

  • Achieve integration of DERR's cleanup programs with voluntary, involuntary and sudden release approaches.

  • Define and identify Ohio's contaminated sites that DERR will address.

  • Secure adequate infrastructure to effectively and efficiently administer Ohio's cleanup program. (Assumes response is a part of the integrated cleanup program.)

  • Administer an effective and efficient prevention program that results in fewer releases to Ohio's environment.

How do I take a site through the Voluntary Action Program?

Download the VAP fact sheet [.PDF]

Benefits of the VAP

Ohio recognized the need to remove the environmental and legal barriers that stalled redevelopment and reuse of contaminated properties. Now anyone can undertake a cleanup project and be assured it meets environmental standards without direct oversight from Ohio EPA. The VAP minimizes governmental red tape and maximizes resources and expertise in the private sector. If someone wants to clean up a piece of property, it may be done following specific standards developed by Ohio EPA.

Certified Professionals and Laboratories

The VAP maximizes resources and expertise in the private sector by utilizing qualified, experienced professionals such as engineers and scientists who are certified by Ohio EPA. These certified professionals (CPs) are responsible for verifying properties are cleaned up to the levels required by the program rules. The detailed program rules allow these qualified professionals and the volunteer that he or she represents to do the work without ongoing Agency involvement.

Ohio EPA operates a certification program to ensure that only environmental professionals with the appropriate qualifications and experience are licensed as CPs. In addition, to help ensure high-quality work, CPs must meet annual continuing education requirements and be recertified by Ohio EPA each year. Information about CPs can be found here: http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/volunt/certification/cpapp.aspx

To ensure high-quality laboratory data, Ohio EPA also certifies laboratories that test environmental samples that support voluntary cleanups. Before any certification is issued, Ohio EPA conducts an evaluation of the laboratory’s documents and staff in order to determine its qualifications for certification. This evaluation includes a detailed technical review of all laboratory documents associated with an application and an on-site inspection to assess analysts’ skills and knowledge in conducting the analyses. Information about certified laboratories can be found here: http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/vap/pro_lab/labs.aspx

No Further Action Letter

When a CP determines after site investigation and any necessary cleanup that the property meets the standards contained in the program rules (OAC Chapter 3745-300), he or she can prepare a No Further Action (NFA) letter. This document describes the environmental problems found at the site, how those environmental problems were investigated and how the site was cleaned up.

The NFA letter includes a Phase I property assessment report that contains information concerning the CP’s investigation of the historical and current uses of the property. This information allows the CP to determine whether or not there is a reason to believe that a release of hazardous substances or petroleum has or may have occurred at the property.

If there is reason to believe a release has occurred and the site may be contaminated, a Phase II property assessment is then conducted. The Phase II assessment includes collecting soil, ground water, surface water and sediment samples from the site as necessary. The Phase II assessment ensures that all potential contaminants identified in the Phase I assessment are adequately evaluated and compared to the appropriate VAP cleanup standards. If the Phase II assessment indicates that cleanup standards are met and the site is protective of human health and the environment, the CP will determine that the voluntary cleanup is completed and prepare the NFA letter.

If the Phase II assessment indicates that more action is needed to meet the standards, additional remedial activities will occur to make the site protective of human health and the environment. Remedial activities may include things such as soil removal, ground water treatment, barriers to the contamination such as a clay or asphalt cap, or placing limitations on future use of the property.

If volunteers want assurance that U.S. EPA will also not ask for additional cleanup, they need to implement the additional steps outlined in the agreement negotiated by Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA. These additional steps include direct oversight of investigation and cleanup activities by Ohio EPA and opportunities for public review of site documents as they are produced by the volunteer. For details regarding the memorandum of agreement track, see: http://epa.ohio.gov/portals/30/vap/docs/MOA%20Track.pdf

Through technical assistance, Ohio EPA can assist volunteers with any questions they have regarding their participation in the VAP. Since the VAP relies on user fees to help support the program, volunteers must pay for the Agency’s assistance. Although some volunteers receiving technical assistance submit NFA letters, many volunteers conduct work in accordance with Ohio EPA’s advice but do not submit an NFA letter. Even if a volunteer does not submit an NFA letter, VAP rules and technical assistance can be used for cleanup and redevelopment of those properties.

Covenant Not to Sue

If the volunteer wants a legal release from Ohio, the certified professional submits the NFA letter to Ohio EPA for review. VAP technical staff reviews NFA letters submitted to the Agency to determine if program standards are met and that the site is protective of public health, safety and the environment. When cleanup requirements are met, the director of Ohio EPA issues a covenant not to sue. This covenant protects the property owner or operator and future owners from being legally responsible to the State of Ohio for further investigation and cleanup. This protection applies only when the property is used and maintained in the same manner as when the covenant was issued. A list of all the NFA letters received by the Agency and their status can be found here: http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/30/vap/docs/nfa_table1.html

A covenant is recorded in the county recorder’s office and transfers with the title of the property to a new owner. Restrictions on how a property may be used are filed along with the property’s deed in the county recorder’s office before a covenant is issued by Ohio EPA. When a covenant is issued or denied by the director, a notice is published in the local newspaper to inform nearby residents and other interested parties. Covenant issuances and denials can be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission.

Ohio EPA audits at least 25 percent of the properties taken through the VAP annually to ensure that sites have been properly addressed and that CPs and laboratories performed work properly. All documents related to the voluntary action may be examined by Ohio EPA during an audit. During the audit, Ohio EPA may also conduct on-site sampling to verify compliance with cleanup standards. Volunteers may lose their covenants if problems identified in an audit are not corrected. CPs and laboratories who have conducted work under the VAP may be civilly or criminally penalized for violating agreements and falsifying or withholding information.

Public Participation

All information provided to Ohio EPA about sites in the VAP is available to the public. This includes all the information provided by companies asking for technical assistance before submitting an NFA letter, and all the documentation included in an NFA letter, as well as all Agency comments. At any time during the NFA letter review process, the public can request and receive any cleanup document from Ohio EPA. In addition, each NFA letter must include a list of all the data, information and documentation relied on to conduct the voluntary action, even if the data is not included as part of the NFA letter submittal. This information is also available to the public upon request.

Though the law protects the volunteer from having any of this documentation used in any civil or administrative proceeding, it does not allow the volunteer to claim any of the information produced in connection with a voluntary action to be confidential or to alter any of the public’s rights to receive access to these documents.

Contact

For more information about the program, visit the VAP web page or contact Kelly Kaletsky or call (614) 644-2304.

How do I get funding or technical assistance for cleaning up a brownfield property?

For information on how to get funding or technical assistance for cleaning up a brownfield property, visit DERR's Grant-Funded Brownfield Assistance web page.

How do I know if I'm subject to a RCRA closure or a RCRA corrective action?

RCRA Closure

Hazardous waste rules require owner/operators of facilities that store, treat or dispose of hazardous waste to be subject to, among other things, closure and post-closure requirements.

Closure is the period directly after a hazardous waste treatment, storage or disposal facility (TSDF) stops its normal operations. During this period, a TSDF stops accepting hazardous waste; completes treatment, storage, and disposal of any wastes left on site; and disposes or decontaminates equipment, structures, and soils. Some owners and operators will completely remove all waste that was treated, stored, or disposed in their unit. This operation is known as clean closure. In order to demonstrate clean closure, an owner and operator must show that levels of hazardous contaminants at the facility do not exceed EPA-recommended exposure levels.

If you store, treat, or dispose of hazardous waste, you are likely subject to the hazardous waste closure requirements. Closures are unit-based activities whereas Corrective Action is site-wide. In closure, it is important to define the physical boundaries of the hazardous waste management unit subject to closure based upon the hazardous waste, hazardous waste constituents, or breakdown products associated with hazardous waste managed at the unit.

In instances where hazardous constituents are found to be present at or near the closure unit but are not attributable to the unit activities, Ohio EPA has several alternatives. The hazardous constituents found within the unit boundary can be addressed as a part of the closure process; as such the unit will not be investigated during Corrective Action. Alternatively, the unit can be closed addressing only the hazardous waste managed at or attributable to the unit (without addressing the other hazardous constituents); the closed unit will then be subject to Corrective Action investigation.

Hazardous constituents outside the closure unit boundary may be addressed through Corrective Action or other programs available through the state. In cases where the closure unit has released hazardous waste or constituents into the surrounding soil or ground water and the closure units are located near Waste Management Units (WMUs) or Areas of Concern (AOCs) that also had releases to the environment, the clean-up of similar releases may be subject to two different set of standards and procedures. Therefore Ohio EPA may address the closure unit under Corrective Action by exempting the closure unit from certain closure requirements conditioned on the incorporation of the unit into the Corrective Action program through a permit or order.

RCRA Corrective Action

Facilities generally are brought into the RCRA corrective action process through orders when there is an identified release of hazardous waste or hazardous constituents from waste management units (WMU), or when Ohio EPA is considering a facility’s RCRA permit application. Additionally, a facility owner or operator may volunteer to perform corrective action by entering an agreement with Ohio EPA in order to expedite the process.

The RCRA Corrective Action program investigates and remediates waste management units (WMUs) on a site-wide basis, as necessary, which are typically permit or order driven. Unlike the closure process, which provides two options (closure by removal and closure with waste in place) the Corrective Action process provides considerable flexibility to Ohio EPA to choose a remedy that reflects the conditions and the complexities of each facility. For example, depending on the site-specific circumstances, remedies may attain media cleanup standards through various combinations of removal, treatment, and engineering and institutional controls.

Where a collection of adjacent WMUs and a hazardous waste management unit undergoing closure are releasing hazardous constituents to the environment, two separate remedial processes would apply to the cleanup of the respective releases. Many times, the regulatory distinction between the WMU and the closure unit cannot be maintained because unit boundaries overlap, contaminant plumes are commingled, or it is difficult to identify the exact source of the contamination. The post-closure rule developed by U.S. EPA, and effective in Ohio as of December 7, 2004, addresses this situation by allowing the hazardous waste management unit to be addressed under Corrective Action. This rule allows the regulating agency to choose whether to apply current 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 (or OAC Chapters 3745-54 to 3745-205 and 3745-65 to 3745-256) to hazardous waste management units closed as a part of a broader Corrective Action or to address them through the Corrective Action cleanup requirements. However this rule was not intended as a way to bring WMUs under the unit-specific closure standards. For more information on RCRA Corrective Action, please go to the link for RCRA Closure Guidance on DERR’s Cleanup under RCRA web site.

How do I report a spill or release to the environment?

To report a spill or release call: 800-282-9378

There is no penalty for early reporting if a release is suspected; however, there may be penalties for failing to report in a timely manner. As soon as you become aware of or suspect a release, contact the spill hotline with as much of the following information as possible.

  • Responsible party (name of carrier, owner, operator or facility).

  • Date/time (discovered/occurred).

  • Location (address, cross street, mile marker).

  • Material(s) (chemical, product, or common name).

  • Quantity (estimated release/total).

  • Hazards (extremely hazardous substance, placard, materials safety data sheet [MSDS]).

  • Affected media/area (air, land or waterway, including threats to ditches, sewers, streams).

  • Actions/notifications (evacuations, containment, contractor hired).

  • Contacts on scene (responder cell phone number, responsible party, contractor, facility point of contact).

Other useful information (truck DOT or railcar number, chemical UN ID number, MSDS, etc.).

Requirements for Reporting Petroleum-Related Spills

Spills of petroleum products (diesel fuel, gasoline, hydraulic fluid, etc.) of 25 gallons or more on or adjacent to a public roadway must be reported.

Reporting is encouraged if you are uncertain how much was released; if the spill threatens a waterway; or, if unaddressed, will enter a waterway or storm sewer in the future.

What happens when I call Ohio EPA’s spill hotline?

Ohio EPA duty officers are available 24-hours a day to receive spill reports. The duty officer will contact an OSC if assistance is requested or the incident requires an immediate response. What happens when I call Ohio EPA’s spill hotline? Ohio EPA duty officers are available 24-hours a day to receive spill reports. The duty officer will contact an OSC if assistance is requested or the incident requires an immediate response.

For more information about reporting spills, download Ohio EPA's Emergency Response Program Fact Sheet [.PDF]

How do I become a VAP certified professional?

Download the fact sheet [.PDF]

Introduction

Ohio’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) was created to give businesses and property owners a way to investigate possible environmental contamination due to hazardous substances or petroleum releases, clean up the property if necessary and receive a covenant not to sue (CNS); that is, a release from the State of Ohio that no more cleanup is needed.

The VAP maximizes resources and expertise in the private sector by using qualified, experienced professionals such as engineers and scientists certified by Ohio EPA as certified professionals (CP). To ensure high quality laboratory data, Ohio EPA also designates qualified laboratories as certified laboratories (CL) to test environmental samples which generate data used to support environmental cleanups.

The objectives of this fact sheet are to describe who may qualify as a CP and to explain what documentation must be submitted by a professional seeking to participate in the VAP.

Who Qualifies?

A person must meet the following criteria to be eligible to become a CP. The individual must:

  • hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized school in biology, chemistry, an appropriate area of engineering, geology, hydrogeology, toxicology, environmental sciences, the scientific sub-disciplines of public health, hazardous waste management or other equivalent curriculum acceptable to Ohio EPA;

  • have eight years of professional experience related to cleanup work. Of the eight years, three years must have been spent as a supervisor or project manager. A relevant master’s degree can substitute for up to one year of experience, and a doctorate can substitute for up to two years;

  • possess good moral character, as testified to by references under affidavit;

  • possess the professional competence and knowledge to perform the tasks required of a certified professional; and

  • take the initial training offered by Ohio EPA within one year prior to submitting a certification application.

Application Requirements

A person wishing to be considered for participation in the VAP must submit the following information and documentation by affidavit:

  • completed application with signed affidavit;

  • original transcripts of degree from a recognized educational institution;

  • six completed reference forms;

  • documentation of attendance at the initial training; and

  • record of payment of the initial professional certification fee, as established in OAC 3745-300-03.

The application and documentation must be mailed to:

Voluntary Action Program
Ohio EPA / DERR
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

 

Payment Required

In addition to the application requirements, a person wishing to participate in the VAP as a CP must submit a payment of $2,500 payable to:

Treasurer, State of Ohio

 

The payment should be sent to:

Office of Fiscal Administration
Ohio EPA
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049

 

Location of Application/ Rules

Visit the VAP Certified Professional webpage to view or download the application package:
http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/volunt/certification/cpapp.aspx

The rules are available here:
http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/derrrules.aspx

The VAP program technical guidance compendium can be found here:
http://epa.ohio.gov/portals/30/vap/tgc/TGC_Index.pdf

Contact

For more information, contact:

How do I become a VAP certified laboratory?

For information on how to become a VAP certified laboratory, visit DERR's Laboratory Certification Information & FAQ web page, or search through the Laboratory Certification Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I know if a Superfund site is in my neighborhood?

Search for Superfund sites where you live on U.S. EPA's Superfund website.

I want to purchase a property that may be contaminated. What problems I might encounter?

If you are looking to purchase a property that may be contaminated, you will want to have an environmental site assessment(s) performed by an experienced environmental consultant. Environmental site assessments are typically conducted in phases, and are used to determine whether a site is contaminated or not. A Phase I environmental assessment is a review of all the records and knowledge associated with the property’s historical record to see if there is the potential for the presence of contamination. If the Phase I indicates there is a potential for contamination, then the assessment of the site proceeds to the next phase. A Phase II involves sampling of the site and will help determine: the extent of contamination; the types and probable sources of contamination the level of risk to humans and the environment associated with the contamination and whether the contamination needs to be cleaned up.

Performing these phased environmental site assessments will give you information to help you determine what kind of additional costs you will incur before you finalize the property purchase. In the case of a property that is contaminated, you want to find out how much it is likely to cost to clean it up before you buy it. An environmental site assessment that meets the requirements of the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) rules (for more information on AAI, visit U.S. EPA's Brownfields website); can limit your liability under the federal Superfund law. In addition, an environmental site assessment conducted in accordance with Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) rules can be used as part of a no further action letter (NFA) when requesting a covenant not to sue (CNS) from the state. A VAP CNS, issued by Ohio EPA after a property completes a VAP cleanup, releases the owner (and anyone else with an interest in the property) from any future requirements to conduct additional investigation and cleanup on the property. For more information about the VAP, visit the Voluntary Action Program web page.

How do I obtain information from the various DERR databases maintained by the division?

To obtain information from various DERR databases maintained by the division, visit DERR's Database Request web page.

Administration

     
Proffitt, Mike Chief (614) 902-4232
Sferra, Jim Assistant Chief (614) 644-2824
Arthur, Kit Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 644-2932
Hale, Karen Environmental Specialist 3 (614) 644-2927
Zwissler, Lisa Executive Secretary (614) 644-2068
     

Assessment, Remediation and Corrective Action (ARCA)




Rickrich, Mark Assessment, Remediation, and Corrective Action (ARCA) Section Manager (614) 644-2305
Osborne, Chris Site Investigation Field Unit Supervisor (614) 836-8756
Armstrong, Gavin Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8762
Batin, Bill Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8754
Herlocher, Kurtis Enforcement Coordination (614) 728-1310
Link, Ed Site Investigation Field Support (614) 836-8760
Martin, Jeff Remedial Response Technical Support (614) 644-2294
Patchen, Emily Compliance / Enforcement (614) 728-5441
Reinbold, Karl Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8755
Sigler, Tori Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8757
Tucker, Brian Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) (614) 644-3120
Vorwerk, Wendy Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8759



Compliance

     
Mathews, Mitchell Environmental Manager (614) 644-2953
Cheung, Melissa Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 644-3067
Ferron, Peter Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-5367
Heffelfinger, Tammy Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 644-2954
Kabelen, Zak Environmental Specialist 2
(614) 441-0262
Killeen, Timothy Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-8961
McConnell, Tamara Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 644-2922
Sellers, Shawn Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 644-2933
     

Engineering and Risk Assessment

     
Hagen, Erik Risk Assessment Manager (614) 644-3173
Allen, Michael Risk Assessment Supervisor (614) 644-2322
Beal, Sarah Risk Assessment (614) 644-2972
Busalacchi, Dawn Risk Assessment (614) 644-3537
Christman, Tim ARARs, Engineering (614) 644-2297
Rasik, Carrie Risk Assessment (614) 644-2324
Vogel, Don Environmental Specialist (614) 644-4826
Weyrauch, Katie Risk Assessment (614) 369-4056
     

Fiscal

     
Snyder, Steven Fiscal Manager, Grants and Contracts (614) 644-2076
Andrews, Tonya   (614) 728-1801
Edwards, Angela Records Manager (614) 728-1298
McCloskey, Terri Fiscal Officer (614) 644-2275
     

Information Management

     
Robertson, Frank Manager, Information Technology (614) 644-2306
Andrews, Lexie Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-5332
Beaumier, Ray Contractor (614) 644-2086
Buchan, T.J. Electronic Design Specialist, DERR Webmaster (614) 644-2079
Canter, Paula Environmental Specialist 3 (614) 644-2923
Keller, Jacquie Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 728-5324
Macklin, Marilyn Records Management Officer (614) 644-2943
     

Permitting




Mitchell, Bradley Environmental Manager - TWL (614) 728-5361
Cáceres, Jessica Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 441-0261
Mercier, Chloé Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 441-0260
Nyers, John Environmental Specialist 2 (614) 644-2822



Voluntary Action Program / Federal Facilities




Shook, Lisa VAP Manager (614) 644-2295
Kaletsky, Kelly VAP Supervisor (614) 644-2304
Fleming, Chelsea VAP Coordinator (614) 644-2309
Poole, Sydney Lead VAP Coordinator (614) 644-3751
Shoemaker, Kevin VAP CP & CL Certifications, CP Professional Development Hour Unit (PDHU) Approvals (614) 644-2316



 
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