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Former General Clay Products Property in Logan 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 Hocking County Board of Commissioners.

Ohio EPA has issued a covenant not to sue for the approximately 10.5-acre former General Clay Products property located at 195 Homer Ave. in Logan (Hocking County). The property previously was used as a commercial brick manufacturing plant by the General Clay Products Corporation, dating back to the 1910s. The property is currently owned by the board.

ssuance of the covenant completes the board’s participation in the VAP. By entering the VAP, the board assumed responsibility for remediating the property. Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, the board 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 restricted ground water use. The board received more than $840,000 in Clean Ohio grants between 2006-2010 to remediate the property and demolish structures at the site.

The investigation identified areas of the property where levels of lead in soil exceeded applicable standards. The remediation included excavating approximately 27 tons of soil; removing 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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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.

 
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