MARIETTA — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that he had settled a 2005 hazardous waste case with Eramet Marietta. Eramet has agreed to eliminate potential threats to public health and the environment from its 834 Crystallizer Unit. The company has submitted a hazardous waste closure plan to Ohio EPA; agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty to the state’s hazardous waste clean-up fund; and agreed to pay any stipulated penalties for failure to comply in the future. The spill occurred near the now shut-down “El Chrome” process.
The consent order requires that Eramet inform the public of its plan. Written comments may be sent through April 8, 2012, at Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Attn: Don Vogel, 50 W. Town St., P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. The plan will be available for review at the address above by first calling (614) 644-2924 and Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office, 2195 Front St., Logan by first calling (740) 385-8501 or (800) 686-7330.
—Melissa K. English, Development Director, Ohio Citizen Action
—Kevin Pierson, The Marietta Times