12/2/14
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Ohio EPA Holding Public Meeting about Plan to Address Contamination at Former Lexington Factory

Ohio EPA will hold an information session and public hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, to answer questions and accept comments about a plan to address contamination at the former Hamilton Standard Controls facility in Lexington.

The meeting will be held at Lexington Senior Depot, 67 E. Main St., Lexington. During the hearing, the public can submit comments for the record regarding Ohio EPA's recommended remediation plan, known as a preferred plan. These comments will be considered before a final remediation design is chosen.

The plan recommends using soil vapor extraction to remove soil vapors, air sparging to clean ground water and institutional controls including prohibiting the use of ground water under and down-gradient of the property for potable uses, limiting future use of the property to commercial or industrial activities and prohibiting occupancy of any facility buildings. Associated soil and ground water monitoring would continue.

The 9.4-acre site is located at 147 Plymouth St. and is currently owned by Lexington Properties Inc. United Technologies Corp., a corporate successor to Hamilton Standard Controls. The company conducted a remedial investigation to determine the nature and extent of the contamination and evaluate the potential risks from exposure to the volatile organic compounds in the soil and ground water.

In addition to comments received at the meeting, Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the plan through Dec. 24. Anyone may submit written comments on the preferred plan by writing to Edward Onyia, site coordinator, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, or emailing edward.onyia@epa.ohio.gov. Ohio EPA will consider all comments received before issuing a final decision on a remediation plan.

A copy of the preferred plan and related documents can be reviewed at Ohio EPA's Northwest District Office in Bowling Green by calling (419) 352-8461 for an appointment.

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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.


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