Ohio EPA Clears Logan Property For Redevelopment

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A Hocking County brownfield is ready for redevelopment after undergoing an investigation and remediation by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency said Thursday that it has issued a covenant not to sue for the approximately 10.5 acre former General Clay Products property in Logan.

The property was previously used as a commercial brick manufacturing plant by the General Clay Products Corporation, and is currently owned by the Hocking County Board of Commissioners.

Ohio EPA spokesperson Erin Strouse said in a press release that the investigation identified areas of the property where levels of lead in soil exceeded applicable standards.

The Hocking County Board of Commissioners received more than $840,000 in Clean Ohio grants to remediate the property and demolish structures on the site.

Strouse said the remediation included excavating approximately 27 tons of soil, removing asbestos-containing materials from buildings prior to demolition and establishing an environmental covenant to limit use of the property.

A covenant not to sue protects the property's owners and future owners from being legally responsible to the State of Ohio for further environmental investigation and remediation.