Sunday, January 10, 1999

Tuesday meeting will air plan to decontaminate Hillsboro site

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A postponed meeting to explain why a soil decontamination project in Hillsboro could cause further pollution finally will be held Tuesday.

        The meeting now is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Highland County Employment and Training Center, 1575 N. High St., Hillsboro.

        Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) officials say streams and rivers probably will be contaminated when leaking underground storage tanks are cleaned up at BP Exploration & Oil Site.

        Gasoline has leaked into the soil and OEPA has issued a draft permit for the decontamination, which involves pumping up to 17,300 gallons of water daily from beneath the site.

        It will be run through an oil-water separator and treated water will be discharged into a nearby, unnamed tributary of Clear Creek. From there, it will flow into Clear, Rocky Fork and Paint creeks and the Scioto and Ohio rivers.

        A soil vapor extraction system also will be installed at the 161 Fair St. site as part of the effort.

        OEPA spokeswoman Lynne Barst said last week leaks have been stopped.

        Further, she said, discharges “will not be allowed to exceed state water-quality standards for the protection of human health or aquatic life.” However, the OEPA “believes the discharges could cause limited degradation to the existing water quality of the waterways.”

        Ms. Barst said the soil/water decontamination effort will be dedicated to existing pollution and no other wastes will be accepted.

        Written comments will be taken through Friday at OPEA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Section, Box 1049, Columbus 43216-1049.

        The draft permit-to-install the water/soil decontamination units can be read or copied at the OEPA in Columbus or Dayton.


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