East Side oil recycler replaces part
Ohio EPA inspectors who visited the Heartland Refinery Group’s used-oil refinery found the odors emanating from a cracked pipe.
Erica Snedegar, Heartland’s vice president of sales and marketing, said workers replaced the pipe.
The plant initially was praised by local officials and state EPA officials as a “green” recycling business when it opened in February 2009 because it would clean old motor oil and sell it for new use.
In December 2009, about 4,000 people around the plant at 4001 E. 5th Ave. were evacuated when a gasket blew, releasing a cloud of what firefighters feared might be hydrogen sulfide gas.
The Ohio EPA filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in June to demand fixes at the plant.
In related court hearings in August and September, Judge Harland H. Hale rejected state requests to close the plant until a plan to eliminate the problems was in place.”
— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch