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Lake County Property Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
Through the voluntary efforts of a Lake County property owner, another area brownfield has been investigated and remediated under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP).
Ohio EPA has issued a covenant not to sue to the Parker Hannifin Corporation (the volunteer) for an 8.9-acre site located at 33800 Lakewood Boulevard in Eastlake. Issuance of the covenant completes the volunteer’s participation in the VAP.
Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, the volunteer hired a certified environmental professional to assess the site, identify any areas of concern and, if needed, remediate contamination to a level that would allow for safe redevelopment.
Beginning in 1970, the property housed a variety of industrial businesses including the Cliff Impact Division, Catalina Cylinders and Parker Hannifin Hose Products. Now, with a covenant not to sue in hand, the volunteer is able to redevelop the property for industrial or commercial use.
A covenant not to sue protects the property’s owner or operator and future owners from being legally responsible to the State of Ohio for further 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 16 years since Ohio EPA issued the first covenant under VAP, more than 6,000 acres of blighted land have been revitalized at more than 300 sites across the state.