November 28, 2014


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.

  • Denise Caruloff

    good job dennis!…you are an awesome councilman..others could take a page from you.

  • Phil Blank

    What about cleaning-up the poisonous Beryllium that they exposed during construction work on 1st street in Lorain (behind City Hall) a few years ago?

    At the time, they just reburied it.

    Are they waiting for some future builder to uncover it and then pretend they didn’t know it was there, thus sticking the potential builder with the bill?

    There are links at the OSHA web site for the below topics, but I chose to remove them so this post wouldn’t get blocked:

    Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program. US Department of Energy (DOE), (1999, December 8). Provides links to DOE policies, guidance, training regarding beryllium and a search feature of DOE resources through the responses to inquiries link.

    Preventing Adverse Health Effects from Exposure to Beryllium on the Job. OSHA Hazard Information Bulletin (HIB), (1999, September 2). Alerts employees working with beryllium about the hazards associated with their work. OSHA has recent information suggesting that the current permissible exposure limit (PEL) for beryllium in the workplace may not be adequate to prevent the occurrence of chronic beryllium disease (CBD) among exposed workers.

    Criteria Document for Beryllium. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (1977, August 19). Testimony to the US Department of Labor (DOL) on the effects of occupational exposure to beryllium and results of studies conducted by NIOSH.

    TOXNET for Beryllium, Elemental. The National Library of Medicine Hazardous Substance Database.

    Beryllium compounds (as Be). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), (1994, May). Provides an Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH) document that includes acute toxicity data for beryllium.

    Report on Carcinogens (ROC). US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Toxicology Program (NTP). Identifies and discusses agents, substances, mixtures, or exposure circumstances that may pose a health hazard due to their carcinogenicity. The listing of substances in the RoC only indicates a potential hazard and does not establish the exposure conditions that would pose cancer risks to individuals.

    Notice 67:70707-70712, (2002, November 26). OSHA requests information
    and comment on issues related to occupational exposure to beryllium,
    including current employee exposures to beryllium; the relationship
    between exposure to beryllium and the development of adverse health
    effects; exposure assessment and monitoring methods; exposure control
    methods; employee training; medical surveillance for adverse health
    effects related to beryllium exposure; and other pertinent subjects. The
    information received in response to this document will assist the
    Agency in determining an appropriate course of action regarding
    occupational beryllium exposure.

    • stillsleepyeyes

      Shhhh…….no one is suppose to know,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,