10/4/21
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Troy Property Receives Environmental Covenant Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program

An environmental covenant has been approved for the former Edwards Cleaners site, 1845 W. Main St., Troy. The covenant was issued under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after the property management investigated and remediated the site.

The property is about 0.35 acres and includes three tenant suites in a retail shopping plaza that is part of the Troy Towne Plaza, which was built in 1990. Edwards Cleaners is a former dry cleaning business located in the center of the three suites. The other suites currently are occupied by GameStop and Premier Health Urgent Care. The property is owned by Mo Troy, LLC.

Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, real estate company, RPT Realty L.P., hired a certified environmental professional to assess the property and address areas of environmental concern, including removing contaminated soils from beneath the dry cleaning business, temporary operation of a sub-slab depressurization system, and soil vapor extraction.

The property meets VAP requirements for commercial or industrial use. The environmental covenant includes a prohibition on extraction or use of ground water under the site.

The covenant not to sue protections apply only when the property is used and maintained according to the specified terms and conditions. Since the Voluntary Action Program was created in 1994, more than 15,700 acres of contaminated land on 670 sites in 71 counties have been investigated and/or remediated, and subsequently received covenants not to sue. 

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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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