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State gives oil refinery new chance to end odors

COLUMBUS — “An East Side refinery with a history of odor complaints was allowed to reopen yesterday and can continue to operate if it keeps the air clear.

A court order issued late Tuesday by Franklin County Environmental Judge Harland H. Hale allows Heartland Petroleum to resume operations after repairs the company made. Heartland cleans used motor oil so that it can be reused.

The refinery, 4001 E. 5th Ave., voluntarily shut down on Oct. 12 after reporting that emergency vents had malfunctioned.

Hale’s order also cancels a hearing next Thursday that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had requested. The state wanted Hale to order a shutdown after four incidents in which pollutants escaped from refinery valves in August and September.

The EPA filed an affidavit with Hale that stated ‘roughly 200 incidents’ were reported by sick Ohio Department of Job and Family Services employees who work across the street from Heartland.”

— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch

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