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Heritage Thermal Reaches Agreement with Ohio EPA

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — Heritage Thermal Services has agreed to resolve air and hazardous waste violations at its commercial hazardous waste incinerator facility here, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

The violations stem from a July 13, 2013, ash release. Due to a malfunction that forced ductwork out of place, approximately 761 pounds of incinerator ash was discharged forcefully enough from the incinerator to deposit the material in a nearby neighborhood outside the facility’s boundaries.

Heritage Thermal Services hired an environmental contractor to conduct sampling in areas affected with ash deposits to determine the impact of the release. Impacts were determined to be minimal by the Ohio Department of Health and readings were within standards that are considered safe.

As required by law, the OEPA said in its announcement that Heritage took measures to prevent future incidents. These measures included intensifying screening, adding tighter restrictions on waste, performing more frequent inspections of solids within the secondary combustion chamber to remove and control buildup, redesigning the slag quench system and cancelling problem waste streams. These measures will need to be added to the facility’s permit requirements.

In addition, Heritage agreed to pay a $34,000 civil penalty.

Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.