Published Mon, Dec 3, 2012 11:38 am Dateline
An abandoned former Hocking County industrial site is safe for redevelopment.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency cleared the former site of General Clay Products in Logan after a remediation period.
The Hocking Board of Commissioners oversaw the remediation process as part of the Ohio EPA's Voluntary Action Program. Remediation professionals examined the area for any contamination or areas of concern.
"Anytime we can work with a community to revitalize otherwise underutilized land is a good thing," Ohio EPA spokesperson Erin Strouse said. "Any case where it's made somehow more protective of human health and could potentially be redeveloped to bring jobs into the area and things like that is a good thing."
The Hocking Board received almost $1 million dollars in grants from Clean Ohio between 2006 and 2010 to improve the former General Clay property.
Under the Voluntary Action Program, over 7,000 acres of previously unusable land in 350 locations have been revitalized in the past 17 years.