To begin the remediation process, analysis work has commenced at the City of Loveland’s Chestnut Street Property.
In April 2022, the city was awarded a $3.3 million grant for cleanup/remediation of the 8.33-acre property under the Ohio Brownfield Remediation Program. For years, the property has been a site for uncontrolled dumping. Past environmental studies, commissioned by the city, have discovered lead contamination in the soil and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) contamination in groundwater, along with significant amounts of other solid waste requiring disposal.
In late May, technicians from Meristem took field samples to conduct a preliminary analysis of the site under the direction of Patriot Engineering and Environmental, Inc, the city’s environmental consultant for the project. With this data, a Wetland Delineation Report is being created.
The degree of wetlands present will determine the mitigation plan and future course of remediation. Based on preliminary data, the property may have a smaller wetland area than originally anticipated; however, this will be subject to confirmation in the final report, which will be issued in the coming weeks.
Ultimately, with the approved grant funds, the Chestnut Street Property will be excavated, and the excavated materials will be transported off-site for disposal at appropriately licensed facilities. Groundwater will be treated, and two years of groundwater monitoring activities will be completed to confirm the effectiveness of the remediation efforts.
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