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Ohio EPA Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss Former Kilgore Manufacturing Property

A plan to address cleanup at the former Kilgore Manufacturing Property, 400 N. Spring Road, Westerville, will be the focus of an Ohio EPA public meeting set for Mon., July 24, 2017.

An information session and public hearing will be held to provide citizens with an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments concerning an Ohio EPA Preferred Plan for the property that had been used as an ordinance manufacturing facility during and following World War II.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science, 600 N. Spring Road, Westerville. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting or can be submitted to Ohio EPA through Aug. 4, 2017. 

The site is currently owned by Otterbein University and is a vacant, undeveloped 40-acre parcel with 10-acres of mapped wetlands. The property is partially wooded with an overgrown mix of trees, dense grasses and wetland plants. 

Environmental research at the site included trenching to determine the limits of waste disposal areas, a soil boring study, installing monitoring wells along with sediment, ground water and surface water sampling.

Ohio EPA is proposing a preferred remedial option that includes soil excavation, land use controls restricting the property to recreational and educational uses under a commercial designation and prohibiting ground water extraction.

In addition to the public meeting, the public may submit comments in writing to Ohio EPA, attention of Robin Roth, Ohio EPA Central District Office, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, 43216-1049, or email robin.roth@epa.ohio.gov.

Preferred plans are available for review at the Courtright Memorial Library, 138 West Main Street, Westerville, or at Ohio EPA Central District Office by appointment at (614) 728-3778. Electronic copies are available online at: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/derr/EnvironmentalResponseandRevitalization.aspx.

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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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