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State wants refinery shut down for odors

COLUMBUS — “The state is taking steps to temporarily close an East Side refinery again, just 20 days after officials made a similar request.

The Ohio attorney general’s office and the state Environmental Protection Agency filed a request yesterday with Franklin County Environmental Court Judge Harland H. Hale to shut down Heartland Petroleum for its ‘ongoing air-pollution violations.’

‘For the protection of nearby workers and residents and to ensure compliance with Ohio laws and regulations, it is necessary that we seek a temporary shutdown of this facility while these recurring emissions problems are corrected,’ Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement.

The plant, at 4001 E. 5th Ave., opened in February 2009 and recycles used motor oil. It continually has received complaints from neighbors for ‘rotten egg’ and ‘burned rubber’ odors.”

— Charlie Boss, Columbus Dispatch

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