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Ohio EPA Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss a Plan for a Portion of The Diamond Shamrock Site
A plan for a parcel of land located at the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works site will be the focus of an Ohio EPA public meeting set for Thursday, August 27, 2015.
An information session and public hearing will be held to provide citizens with an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments concerning Ohio EPA’s preferred plan for operable unit 5 (OU5). This is one of 24 operable units or parcels of property that make up the 1,100-acre Diamond Shamrock Site. OU5 is currently owned by Elm Street Truck Depot, LLC.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Painesville Township Hall, 55 Nye Road, Painesville. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting, or they can be submitted to Ohio EPA through September 4, 2015.
OU5 (2.9-acres) is located in the southern portion of the Diamond Shamrock property. The proposed remedial plan would maintain the existing environmental covenant which restricts OU5 to commercial and industrial use only. The environmental covenant also prohibits the use of ground water and requires annual reporting.
In addition to the public meeting, anyone wishing to submit comments in writing to Ohio EPA may do so: Attn: Teri Heer, Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, 44087, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The preferred plans are available for review at the Morley Library in Painesville, the Fairport Harbor Library in Fairport Harbor, and at Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office by calling 330-963- 1200. Electronic copies are available online at http://epa.ohio.gov/derr/EnvironmentalResponseandRevitalization.aspx.
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.