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Springfield Property Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
A site with a long industrial history in Springfield has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP).
Following an environmental investigation, the covenant was issued to Xylem Inc. for the former ITT Jabsco property located at 501 W. Liberty St. The 3.28-acre site has been used for manufacturing since 1883, most recently to produce marine pumps. Manufacturing operations ceased in 2000 and the property is currently owned by Buck Storage Inc.
Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, Xylem hired a certified professional to assess the property and address any areas of environmental concern. Remedial activities were not conducted because the land already met VAP standards for commercial or industrial land uses, with restricted ground water 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 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 18 years since Ohio EPA issued the first covenant under VAP, more than 8,000 acres of blighted land have been revitalized at nearly 400 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.