4/11/18
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Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Plan Addressing Contamination at Westerville Site

The preferred plan to address the former Kilgore Manufacturing property in Westerville will be the subject of an Ohio EPA public meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science, 600 N. Spring Road, Westerville.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m. during which 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.

Kilgore Manufacturing used the 40-acre site between 1941-1962 to manufacture explosive and incendiary materials for the U.S. military and later for flares and fireworks. The property is currently owned by Otterbein University. A remedial investigation of the site identified contamination at levels that pose risks to human health and ecology risks in the soils, stream sediment and ground water at the site.

Otterbein University provided multiple alternatives for Ohio EPA to consider to remediate soil, ground water and sediment. Ohio EPA’s preferred alternative includes excavation and off-site disposal of 3,300 cubic yards of soil from five areas, excavation and off-site disposal of 75 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from two areas and entering an environmental covenant that limits use of the property to recreational and non-residential uses and prohibiting ground water use.

The preferred plan can be viewed online, or at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office, in Columbus. Call 614-728-3778 to make an appointment. A copy of the preferred plan also has been provided to the Otterbein Courtright Memorial Library, 138 W. Main St., Westerville.

Written comments on the preferred plan will be accepted at the hearing or may be emailed to robin.roth@epa.ohio.gov or mailed to Robin Roth, site coordinator, Ohio EPA Central District Office, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Comments will be accepted until May 8, 2018.

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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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