The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently granted Groffre Investments a covenant not to sue over the former J&L Steel Lagoons property in Louisville, Ohio, due to the company’s investigation and remediation efforts.
The covenant means that the state will not hold the property owners and operators — or future owners or operators — responsible for environmental investigation and remediation. It does requires that the property’s use and maintenance comply with conditions established within the covenant.
The J&L property is consists of approximately 210 acres and, after investigation of 22 areas, it was determined that the site is contaminated with volatile organic compounds, Semion-volatile organic compounds, total petroleum hydrocarbons, metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Amongst the remediation actions that have already been undertaken, PCB-contaminated liquid and soil is being addressed, and clean fill has been added in some areas. Additionally, some portions of the site are under an environmental covenant, which restricts their uses, and the covenant requires the site to have a Risk Mitigation Plan, which sets standards for exposures for the construction and excavation workers on the site.
The property is currently owned by Chesapeake Land Development Company LLC, Seventy Seven Land Company LLC and the city of Louisville.