December 21, 2014

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EPA, Lorain Health Department investigate junkyard

LORAIN — An investigation of a junkyard with a history of environmental problems is ongoing.

Members of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Lorain’s Health Department recently have inspected the Stoveworks, 1200 Long Ave., Mayor Chase Ritenauer said at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Ritenauer’s comments were prompted by questions from Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, whose ward includes the Stoveworks off West 13th Street.

“There’s been a number of complaints regarding the Stoveworks,” said Ritenauer, who wouldn’t elaborate. Law Director Pat Riley said there have been inspections and meetings with the property owners in the last several months over dangerous buildings, high grass and excessive rubble and debris. He hadn’t seen a report on the investigation, but would release it to the Chronicle-Telegram Tuesday.

Flores said large mounds of dirt trucked in from road construction could potentially cause health problems.

Flores said diesel fuel leaked from the property in the summer. An environmental cleanup previously was done in 2005.