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Hazardous waste cleanup begins at the Gray Container facility in Cleveland

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Rachel Bassler (

For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA058

CHICAGO (May 11, 2017) – This week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began cleanup of hazardous waste from a former storage drum-reconditioning facility, Gray Container, located at 2800 East 90th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

Earlier this year, EPA took emergency action to secure the facility from unauthorized break-ins. Previous site assessments conducted by Ohio EPA found hazardous liquid wastes for chloroform, trichloroethylene and benzene. Current sampling has identified heavy metals and volatile organic compounds above cleanup levels in surface soils. EPA has also identified numerous drums and one aboveground storage tank with unknown contents.

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