Company also fined $290,000 after odor complaints
COLUMBUS — “The owners of a Columbus refinery have agreed to pay the state $290,000 in fines stemming from foul odors that plagued the East Side plant.
Heartland Petroleum also agreed to take extra steps to keep pollutants from escaping the refinery during cleaning operations. Those were the major terms of an settlement approved yesterday by Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Harland H. Hale.
The refinery, located at 4001 E. 5th Ave, shut down for about a month in November and December to add odor-reducing pollution filters. The settlement eliminates the need for a trial, which was supposed to begin this week.
The company was sued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Complaints of “rotten egg” and ‘burned rubber’ odors have plagued the plant since it opened in 2009. Heartland cleans used motor oil so that it can be reused.
Among those who regularly filed complaints are Designer Shoe Warehouse headquarters employees and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services workers. Both offices are in buildings located across the street.”
— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch