COLUMBUS—State Senator Nathan Manning
(R-North Ridgeville) is pleased to announce the Controlling Board has released $250,000 to clean up an abandoned gas station on Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville. The funds were granted through the Ohio Department of Development’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant program, administered by the ODOD, the Ohio EPA, and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations.
"The Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grants provides communities the financial resources to ensure that former sites of gas stations do not adversely affect the lives of residents," said Manning. "I’m proud to support this funding to the City of North Ridgeville as they look to protect their residents and prepare the site for future development."
The grant was established to assess and clean up former gas and service stations with documented petroleum releases. The first phase of this project will be an exploratory excavation to assess the type of storage facility, then the installation of monitoring wells. Crews may also empty or remove underground storage tanks and remove asbestos, lead or other contamination. They will clear the site as needed and even demolish it, if necessary.
To be eligible for the grant, a property must have been formerly used for gas station or service station operations, be vacant, and have a documented petroleum release that has cleanup costs the responsible party is not able to pay. Former gas stations with the greatest potential for environmental, community, and economic impact get top priority for funding.