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Stark County Property Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
Through the voluntary efforts of a Stark County property owner, an industrial site in Canton has been investigated and remediated under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP).
Ohio EPA has issued a covenant not to sue to International Utility Structures Inc. (the volunteer) for the Union Metal Corporation property located at 1432 Maple Avenue. The 41-acre property is used as a manufacturing site for steel and aluminum light and sign poles, cell towers, pilings and other products.
Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, the volunteer hired a certified environmental professional to assess the site, identify any areas of concern and remediate contamination to a level that would allow for continued commercial/industrial use. Remediation included removal of contaminated soils.
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 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.
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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.