May/June 2011
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Scrap Yard Plan Begins in May

TMACOG’s Maumee River Coordinator is working with the City of Toledo on a two-year project to reduce pollution from area salvage sites and junk yards. The project begins activity this month. Owners and managers of the yards will receive a letter of information and site visits will follow. The Ottawa River Scrap Yard Pollution Prevention Program is one that yard operators have asked for. They want advice and help to control hazardous runoff from their properties.

The program is operating with a grant from U.S. EPA Pollution Prevention Program . The first step is to inventory scrap yards in the Ottawa River watershed and evaluate and rank facilities based on the likelihood that they are contributing to runoff pollution. As part of the evaluation, consultants will look for outfalls coming from scrap yards and draining into waterways. They will collect samples of the outfall and analyze it for PCBs, PAHs, and heavy metals. Next, best management practices and good housekeeping standards will be addressed at the yards. Participating businesses will be recognized for their actions to reduce pollution. As the program continues, follow up testing will show where there has been improvement. When the project is complete, the City of Toledo will have an updated list of scrap yard and recycling facilities that will be mapped and linked with Toledo storm sewer GIS maps. The information will also be available to emergency response agencies to expedite service in the event of an accident or spill.

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