Make Sure Your Old Building Isn't Hiding Anything Hazardous
Large brownfield sites such as abandoned factories or commercial businesses can be found in the city’s or town’s industrial section. Smaller brownfield sites include former dry cleaning businesses or gas stations. Typical contaminants found on contaminated brownfield land include petroleum products, dry cleaning solvents, heavy metals, and asbestos.
Brownfields in Ohio may be transitioned to reduced liability through the entrance into the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP). The VAP minimizes governmental red tape and maximizes resources and expertise in the private sector. If someone wants to clean up a piece of property, it may be done following specific standards developed by Ohio EPA. When cleanup requirements are met, the director of Ohio EPA issues a Covenant Not to Sue (CNS). A CNS protects the property owner or operator and future owners from being legally responsible to the State of Ohio for further investigation and cleanup. This protection applies only when the property is used and maintained in the same manner as when the covenant was issued.