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East Side oil plant closing to add filters

COLUMBUS — “An East Side oil refinery with a history of odor complaints could be shut down for as long as a month while it installs two pollution filters.

This is the second time in the past two months that the Heartland Petroleum plant has shut down to try to contain foul odors that spurred numerous neighbor complaints. The plant at 4001 E. 5th Ave. recycles used motor oil.

The decision partially settles an ongoing air-pollution case that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency filed against Heartland. Franklin County Environmental Judge Harland H. Hale approved the agreement yesterday afternoon.

‘I suppose it’s fair to ask, ‘Judge, why do you keep holding these hearings, shutting down the plant, starting them up and shutting them down again?’  Hale said.”

— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch

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