Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ohio EPA issues covenant not to sue for Erie County Ford facility

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently issued a covenant not to sue, through its Voluntary Action Program (VAP), to Ford Motor Company for environmental concerns at its facility in Margaretta Township, Erie County.


To earn the covenant not to sue, Ford investigated and remediated the former ACH Sandusky Plant property, which has previously been used to manufacture metal and plastic automobile parts but is now solely dedicated to manufacturing plastic parts. The plant, located at 3020 Tiffin Ave. in Margaretta Township, consists of 356 acres and raised environmental concerns due to chemicals like volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, PCBs and total petroleum hydrocarbons.

Ford hired a certified professional to investigate the 32 problem areas and have since addressed the site’s environmental concerns. The company is pumping and treating contaminated ground water and restricting areas of the buildings to particular uses to mitigate vapor intrusion concerns. Ford has also removed and disposed of contaminated soil and sediment.

Through the covenant not to sue, the Ohio EPA is protecting Ford from future legal responsibility to the state for environmental concerns related to known releases, though the protection only applies while the property meets. specified terms and conditions.

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