The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $6 million to clean up a construction and demolition (C&D) debris dump site in Cleveland, a report by Cleveland.com says. The Cuyahoga County board of health declared the site a nuisance in March.
The four-story site located at the former Arco Recycling property includes concrete, dirt, lumber and other material gathered from previous home demolitions and has been sitting for three years. According to the report, the site will be cleaned up in 10 months with dump trucks carrying away loads every six minutes.
Arco Recycling received a permit to operate a C&D recycling facility on the property in 2013. It provided jobs and recycled materials for a period before residents realized debris continued to be dumped at the site but was not being processed. Locals began voicing concerns in 2014 and began officially complaining to the city, county and EPA about dust, noise and the dumped materials in 2016.
The EPA announced the site was an open dump in January after visiting the area in summer 2016 and issued a noticed of violation and orders to Arco to stop accepting materials and remove the debris piles. Arco stopped accepting debris at the site and appealed the orders to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission.
Because Arco is the only dump that abuts homes in Ohio, the EPA put this site at high priority. Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), introduced a measure in the upcoming budget to transfer $6 million from an EPA litter prevention fund for cleanup. The report says the state will give the money as grants to the county and the board of health will oversee the cleanup. The EPA is providing $1 million to the county from current funds until the budget is passed.