November 21, 2014

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City mandates cleanups for Lorain Stoveworks sites

LORAIN — Cleanup of what a city Health Department official said are illegally dumped materials has been ordered at the Eastern and Western Stoveworks.

Fleming Mosely, the department’s director of environmental health, wrote in letters Thursday to the property owners that construction and demolition debris were illegally dumped at the Western Stoveworks and mixed with municipal solid waste. Mosely wrote that the landfill must be disposed of at an “appropriate” disposal facility.

The Western Stoveworks, at West 13th Street and Long Avenue, is owned by J. Ross Haffey of Lorain Properties Co. LLP.

Haffey couldn’t be reached Tuesday.

The Eastern Stoveworks at West 12th Street and Long Avenue contained construction debris mixed with “clean hard fill materials” that need to be removed, Mosely wrote to property owner Don Buchs of All American Demolition Corp.

Buchs didn’t return a call Tuesday.

The Stoveworks are a former stove-making plant that opened in 1895 as the National Vapor Stove Co., according to Frank Sipkovsky, a member of the board of trustees of the Black River Historical Society and former head of the society. The company closed in the 1950s.

In 1986, a spectacular fire occurred at the site. The Fire Department had staged a “controlled burn” at the site to train fire cadets in firefighting, said former Fire Chief Phil Dore.

Oil-soaked floors that firefighters weren’t aware of caused a massive conflagration. No one was hurt in the blaze.

“Just my feelings,” Dore said.

Mosely’s findings were based on a Sept. 4 inspection. Mosely said he requested a written response detailing the cleanup be made by next week.

The inspections were prompted by a complaint to Lorain officials by Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, whose ward includes the properties. Flores said Tuesday he contacted the city after seeing large mounds of debris.

In addition to the debris, Flores said he’s also concerned that holes in the fence around the properties might lead to trespassing or illegal dumping.

“I don’t know what we can do with the area,” Flores said.

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  • 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.