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ARCO Recycling Site – 1705 Noble Road

For Additional Information Contact:

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Barry Grisez, R.S. Supervisor
216.201.2000
ext. 1232
bgrisez@ccbh.net

In cooperation with the City of East Cleveland, the Cleveland Division of Air Quality, the Cuyahoga County Executive’s Office, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, CCBH will participate in the cleanup of the ARCO recycling facility at 1705 Noble Road in East Cleveland.

This page will be regularly updated with new information such as sampling reports, site visit summaries, and photos documenting the progress of the cleanup efforts.

Google Earth view of 1705 Noble Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


OVERVIEW
CCBH has been a delegated authority of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) for over twenty years, administering the solid waste and materials management-related programs. One of the programs involves the oversight of facilities that process or dispose of construction and demolition debris (C&DD). Although the processing, or recycling, facilities are considered excluded from current regulation per Ohio Administrative Code 3745-400-03(C), CCBH staff visit these operations on a regular basis to verify that the facility is being operated in a manner that is protective of health and safety.

In April 2014, ARCO Recycling, Inc. (ARCO) commenced a recycling and processing operation at 1705 Noble Road, East Cleveland, Ohio. ARCO originally submitted a business plan by which it proposed that construction and demolition debris was to be accepted and processed within thirty days of receipt to separate clean hard fill, scrap wood, and scrap metal from the remainder of the debris. The clean hard fill, scrap wood, and scrap metal were to remain on site temporarily, and all other debris was to be removed and properly disposed of in a landfill.

Since June of 2014, CCBH staff have routinely conducted site assessments and investigated nuisance complaints as necessary at ARCO Recycling, Inc., 1705 Noble Road, East Cleveland, OH 44112 (“The Site”). Along with representatives from the OEPA, CCBH staff walked the site generally on a biweekly basis to verify that only construction and demolition debris was being accepted, and ensure that the C&DD was being placed within the property boundary of the facility. CCBH also reviewed record-keeping documents to determine the amount of incoming and outgoing material, and make general observations about the overall condition of the site.

On January 17, 2017, OEPA issued a Notice of Violation and Director’s Final Findings and Orders to the business owner, ordering it to stop accepting waste and immediately remove all C&DD from the facility.  ARCO was given fourteen days to remove all of the debris from the site for proper disposal.

The order was the result of many inspections which indicated that the facility was not operating as a C&DD recycler, but rather as an illegal disposal facility. While the facility closed, none of the 230,000 cubic yards was removed. OEPA then asked the Ohio Attorney General’s office (AGO) to pursue a legal remedy.

On June 5 and June 27, 2017, the AGO filed a Partial Consent Order with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. ARCO agreed to give up its rights to all C&DD on the property and to provide full access to the site for the duration of the removal work. ARCO is also required to reimburse OEPA for all funds used to remove the debris and conduct air monitoring. The document also allows OEPA to seek civil penalties at a later date.

POTENTIAL HEALTH & SAFETY ISSUES
The property is next to several residential homes whose owners have complained of loud construction noises, dust, odors, unsightly dump piles, and the possibility of environmental hazards.

Along with the OEPA, CCBH has been responding to inquiries from elected officials and residents concerned about potential exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas, methane, volatile organic compounds and carcinogens, fugitive dust/particulate matter, and asbestos.

The OEPA and CCBH are monitoring the site on a weekly basis for air pollutants and nuisance conditions that would affect those in the surrounding area. While air pollutant levels are well below minimum risk levels, other unacceptable conditions related to the waste pile still remain.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPERTY & OPERATIONS DECLARED A NUISANCE
On May 24, 2017, the CCBH Board passed a resolution and adopted findings of fact declaring the property at 1705 Noble Road East Cleveland, Ohio and the ARCO operations to be a nuisance under Ohio law. The Board issued an order that the nuisance be abated. Further, the Board’s Order provides that pursuant to ORC 3707.01, if the property owner or operations owner is unwilling or unable to abate the nuisance, that the Board could take steps and actions to abate the nuisance provided that there are sufficient funds available from other sources.

FUNDING FOR CLEANUP
The OEPA has secured funding for the cleanup, and also obtained access to the site and the material placed on it.

CLEANUP PROCESS
The abatement process will be split into two or more phases. Phase I will consist of the removal, transporting, and processing of hard fill material. The amount of hard fill material on site has been estimated at approximately 82,000 cubic yards. Planning has begun for Phase II of the project, involving the removal of the remaining 148,000 cubic yards of C&DD.

CCBH has been in frequent communication with OEPA and plans to assist with the abatement project in the following ways:

  • Competitively procure the services of a contractor to load, remove, transport, and process the hard fill material
  • Manage the entire Request for Proposals process
  • Work with the contractor on a regular basis to verify that the project stays on pace and on budget
  • Work with the Cleveland Division of Air Quality (CDAQ) to coordinate air monitoring activities. CDAQ will oversee the monitoring of compounds such as asbestos, hydrogen sulfide, lead, particulate matter (dust), and volatile organic compounds. See the Air Data Summary below for detailed information.
  • Provide project updates to the members of the community and elected officials in East Cleveland and other interested parties

As the local branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of our natural and man-made environment, we work daily to safeguard the health of the residents of East Cleveland and surrounding areas. With the financial and technical assistance of the OEPA, CCBH will be able to take the steps necessary to permanently resolve this public health nuisance.

REMOVAL OF DEBRIS

  • 5,186 cubic yards of material/258 truck loads were removed from July 21 through July 28, 2017.
  • 5,740 cubic yards of material/287 truck loads were removed from July 31 through August 4, 2017.
  • 7,020 cubic yards of hard fill material/351 truck loads were removed from August 7 through August 11, 2017.
  • 6,960 cubic yards of material/348 truck loads were removed from August 14 through August 18, 2017.
  • 6,500 cubic yards of material/325 truck loads were removed from August 21 through August 25, 2017.
  • 6,320 cubic yards of material/317 truck loads were removed from August 28 through September 1, 2017.
  • 4,920 cubic yards of material/248 truck loads were removed from September 4 through September 8, 2017.
  • 2,840 cubic yards of material/142 truck loads were removed from September 11 through September 15, 2017.


Please follow the links below to see aerial photos of the property which detail the progressive removal of debris. The material removed was contained in the area highlighted in yellow.

July 21-27, 2017 removal of debris

September 4-8, 2017 removal of debris

 

REPORTS & PROPOSALS

Summary of Ohio EPA Sampling and Analysis – August 24, 2017

Metals Analysis July-August 2017

Air Sampling Results – June 28, 2017

Request for Proposals – May 2017

 

LINKS

City of East Cleveland

Cleveland Division of Air Quality

Cuyahoga County Executive’s Office

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

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