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Ohio EPA Meetings to Focus on Diamond Shamrock Preferred Plan

Virtual Information Session Scheduled Jan. 11; Public Hearing Scheduled Jan. 20

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual information session on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 6 p.m. to discuss a Preferred Plan, also known as a recommended remediation plan, for the former Diamond Shamrock location in Painesville. During the information session, Agency staff will give a brief presentation and answer questions from the public regarding the preferred remediation plan. An in-person public hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, where the Agency will accept comments on the record.

The Preferred Plan specifically focuses on an area known as Operable Unit 4, located in the west-central portion of the property along the Grand River. The plan summarizes the history of the site and the investigation of contamination. The plan also provides an analysis of remedial alternatives, and outlines Ohio EPA’s preferred alternative for remediation.

Participants who want handouts for the Jan. 11 virtual information session should email Paula.Payne@epa.ohio.gov so electronic copies may be emailed on the day of the public meeting. Also, those participating in the information session should register at least 15 minutes before the meeting begins to ensure connectivity. Registration is available online at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2265461664114839310.

Written comments may be submitted during the public hearing or emailed to scott.aschenbrener@epa.ohio.gov. All comments received at the public hearing or via email by 5 p.m. Jan. 31, will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal.

The Preferred Plan and related documents are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office by calling 330-963-1200 for an appointment, or online: https://epa.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/epa/divisions-and-offices/environmental-response-revitalization/announcements/december-2021.

 

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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.