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Williams County Property Receives Covenant Not to Sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
The Winzeler Stamping Company has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) for its Plant 2 property located at 109 E. Main St., Montpelier.
Following an environmental investigation, the covenant was issued to the company for the 24-acre property where the company manufactures stamped metal goods. The manufacturing activities currently occur on the northern portion of the property.
Winzeler purchased the pro perty in 2001 from the Montpelier Development Commission. It is the site of the former Mohawk Tool Co., which operated at the site from 1952 to 1992.
Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, the company hired a certified professional to assess the property and address any areas of environmental concern. To address the identified areas of concern, the company will limit use of ground water under the site. The property is suitable for commercial or industrial activities.
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 relating to known releases. This protection applies only when the property is used and maintained in accordance with the terms and conditions of the covenant.
In the 19 years since Ohio EPA issued the first covenant under VAP, more than 8,800 acres of blighted land have been revitalized at nearly 450 sites across the state.
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.