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Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Remediation Plan at Urbana Site

The preferred plan to remediate the Grimes Aerospace property in Urbana will be the subject of an Ohio EPA public hearing on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Champaign County Library, 1060 Scioto St.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a hearing at 6:30 p.m. The library requests anyone attending the meeting to park on the Scioto Street side of the parking lot.

During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details and answer questions about the preferred plan. During the hearing, which will follow the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the plan.

Grimes Aerospace is now owned by Honeywell International. The 12-acre site is located at 515 North Russel St. The facility produces lighting products for aircraft. Before Honeywell’s ownership, Grimes Aerospace also made aircraft lighting systems. These activities released hazardous materials onto the property.

Interim remedial actions have been taken to reduce chlorinated solvent compounds in the ground water and to excavate and remove contaminated soils.

Honeywell provided four alternatives for Ohio EPA to consider to prevent potential human exposure to the released chemicals. The preferred alternative includes limiting the property to industrial or commercial uses, prohibiting use of ground water, continuing to connect property owners to Urbana’s municipal drinking water supply, maintaining the existing building slab and vapor intrusion mitigation in the building, and periodic ground water sampling until contaminant concentrations fall below remediation goals.

The preferred plan can be viewed online or at Ohio EPA’s Southwest District Office, 401 E. Fifth St., Dayton; call (937) 285-6357 to make an appointment.

Written comments on the preferred plan will be accepted at the hearing or may be emailed to Leslie Williams, site coordinator, at leslie.williams@epa.ohio.gov or mailed to Ohio EPA Southwest District Office, 401 E. Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402. Comments will be accepted until May 17.

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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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