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Ottawa Lead

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  • Ottawa, OH (Putnam County)
  • EPA ID# OHN000510386
  • Aliases: GTE/Sylvania/Philips Residential Lead Assessment Site
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Virginia Narsete (narsete.virginia@epa.gov)
312-886-4359 or 800-621-8431, ext. 64359

On-scene Coordinator
Lori Muller(muller.lori@epa.gov)


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In July 2008 Ohio EPA collected a sample of waste scrap glass on a residential property that tested as unsafe for lead. An investigation revealed the waste material may have come from the former GTE/Sylvania/Philips plant that once operated in Ottawa. Apparently for many years the former GTE plant had used locations in and around Ottawa to dispose of reject television tubes. Various time periods have been documented by Ohio EPA's investigation of plant records that show disposals occurring from the 1940s to the early 1990s. Most of the waste was disposed of at what are now private residences.

In December 2008 Ohio EPA requested EPA's assistance in performing a site assessment at the residential property where the complaint originated.

EPA's Superfund "removal" program is conducting the assessment. The removal program handles short-term investigations and cleanups where pollutants could potentially affect people's health if not contained or removed in a timely manner. You may hear talk of Superfund's "remediation" program as well. The remediation program manages long-term cleanup projects where the imminent health threats no longer exist but pollutants must eventually be removed.

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September 22, 2009 - Public meeting

A public meeting is scheduled on Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Ottawa-Glandorf High School, 630 Glendale Ave., Ottawa. In April 2009, US EPA Region 5 and Ohio EPA performed a limited assessment on four residential properties in Ottawa where GTE/Sylvania/Philips had disposed of waste. The sampling results showed that one of the properties has elevated lead levels in surface soil. Although the other three properties did not have unsafe lead concentrations, the federal and state agencies want to conduct additional assessments on other lots in and around Ottawa where industrial dumping may have occurred. Several locations have been identified. EPA wants to carry out further testing.

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