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Ford Motor Company Batavia Transmission Plant Cleared for Continued Use
Another local brownfield is ready for redevelopment after undergoing an investigation and remediation through Ohio EPA's Voluntary Action Program (VAP), thanks to the voluntary efforts of the Ford Motor Company and IRG Batavia 1 LLC for the property located at 4300 Batavia Road, Batavia (Clermont County).
Ohio EPA has issued a covenant not to sue for the approximately 212-acre property located at 4300 Batavia Road, Batavia.
Ford manufactured automobile transmissions at this site from 1981-2009. A site Investigation of the property identified two areas where chemicals in the soil exceeded levels acceptable on commercial and industrial sites. Soil from those areas was removed.
Issuance of the covenant completes the volunteer's participation in the VAP. By entering the VAP, the volunteer assumed responsibility for remediating the property. Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, the company hired a certified environmental professional to assess the site, identify any areas of concern and remediate any contamination on the property to a level that allows for commercial or industrial use.
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. This protection applies only when the property is used and maintained in accordance with the terms and conditions of the covenant.
In the 17 years since Ohio EPA issued the first covenant under VAP, nearly 7,000 acres of blighted land have been revitalized at more than 350 sites across the state.