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Ohio EPA Schedules Community Meeting to Discuss Restoration of Nease Chemical Site
Ohio EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a community meeting on April 9, 2015, to discuss the draft natural resources restoration plan for the former Nease Chemical site, located on State Route 14A, Salem.
The session begins at 6 p.m., at Salem Public Library’s Quaker Room, 821 E. State Street, Salem. The public meeting will provide citizens with an opportunity to learn more about the draft plan, ask questions and submit comments prior to any final decision.
The plan will address damaged natural resources and lost ecological functions from the release of hazardous substances from the former Nease facility. Once the plan is finalized, the party potentially responsible for past contamination will be asked to fund and implement the approved restoration projects.
The plan was developed by representatives from Ohio EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The restoration plan includes:
- enhancing and preserving riparian, flood plain and upland habitat to benefit birds and fisheries;
- enhancing, preserving and reestablishing wetlands;
- improving aquatic habitat by removing a low-head dam; and
- providing clean recharge to ground water aquifers and potable use surface water by protecting drinking water resources.
A copy of the draft restoration plan is available at the Salem Public Library Quaker Room, 821 E. State Street, Salem or Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, by calling (330) 963-1200 for an appointment. The preferred plan also is available online.
Citizens may submit written comments by Friday, April 17, 2015, to Sheila Abraham, Site Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg. Comments also may be faxed to Sheila Abraham at (330) 487-0769, or emailed to: Sheila.Abraham@epa.ohio.gov.
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.