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Former Carlyle Tile Plant Property in Coal Grove Cleared for Redevelopment

Another local brownfield is ready for redevelopment after undergoing an investigation and remediation through Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), thanks to the voluntary efforts of the village of Coal Grove.

Ohio EPA has issued a covenant not to sue for the approximately 33-acre former Carlyle Tile plant property located at 922 Pike St. in Coal Grove (Lawrence Co.). The company manufactured bricks on the site from the late 1800s through 1935. Between 1935 and 1978, the property was used by the company to manufacture quarry tile. In the early 1980s, a coal-loading facility was located on a portion of the property, followed by an asphalt plant from 1989-1992. McGinnis Inc. now owns the property.

Issuance of the covenant completes the village’s participation in the VAP. By entering the VAP, the village assumed responsibility for remediating the property. Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, the village hired a certified environmental professional to assess the site, identify any areas of concern and remediate any contamination on the property to a level that allows for commercial and industrial redevelopment and unrestricted ground water use. The village received $750,000 in Clean Ohio grants in 2006 to remediate the property and demolish structures at the site.

The investigation identified several areas of the property where levels of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soil exceeded the applicable standards. The remediation included excavating approximately 6,776 tons of soil contaminated with PAHs; removing approximately 700 cubic yards of asbestos-containing materials from buildings prior to demolition; and establishing an environmental covenant to limit use of the property.

A covenant not to sue protects the property’s owners or operators and future owners from being legally responsible to the State of Ohio for further environmental investigation and remediation. This protection applies only when the property is used and maintained in accordance with the terms and conditions of the covenant.

In the 17 years since Ohio EPA issued the first covenant under VAP, nearly 7,000 acres of blighted land have been revitalized at more than 350 sites across the state.


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