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Piqua Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program for Memorial Hospital Property
The city of Piqua has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) for the former Piqua Memorial Hospital property at Park and Nicklin avenues.
Following an environmental investigation, the covenant was issued to the city for the 6.55-acre property. The site was a cemetery before the hospital was constructed. The property is currently owned by the Piqua City School District which is building a school on the property.
Following standards developed by Ohio EPA, Piqua hired a certified professional to assess the property and address any areas of environmental concern. Areas of concern were investigated further. Asbestos-containing concrete was removed from the site. The property is now suitable for residential or other uses.
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.