Step One: Orders for Clean-up Investigation Signed
A legal agreement between Ohio EPA and the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) to determine nature and extent of contamination present and propose ways to clean up the contamination, if any exists.
Step Two: Public Meeting
Opportunity for the public to obtain information and ask questions regarding activities at the Site. These meetings are organized and run by Ohio EPA, although they may include brief presentations by others involved in the project.
Step 3: Work Plan Approved by Ohio EPA
Ohio EPA approves all proposed investigations and interim remediation work that is performed under the Orders.
Step 4: Samples Collected
Activities outlined in the approved work plan are implemented by the PRPs, with oversight by Ohio EPA.
Step 5: Results Reported to the Ohio EPA
All sampling results are provided, in report form, to Ohio EPA for review and approval.
Step 6: Public Meeting About Sample Results
Depending on public interest, a meeting may be held to explain the results from the investigation of a certain portion (or the entire) site.
Step 7: Research Cleanup Methods
Based on sample results, the PRPs research a variety of cleanup methods.
Step 8: Cleanup Methods Recommended to Ohio EPA
The PRPs provide information regarding a variety of applicable cleanup methods to Ohio EPA within a Feasibility Study Report.
Step 9: Public Meeting on Cleanup Methods
Ohio EPA prepares a Preferred Plan which presents the Agency's preferred way to clean up the property. The community is given an opportunity to officially comment on the Preferred Plan during a public hearing and 30-day public comment period.
Step 10: Ohio EPA Selects Cleanup Methods
Keeping in mind all public comments provided during the public comment period, Ohio EPA selects a remedy for the site.
Step 11: Orders Signed for Cleanup
Ohio EPA and the PRPs negotiate, and eventually sign, Orders for the implementation of the remedy selected by Ohio EPA.
Step 12: Cleanup
The PRPs implement the remedy for the site, with oversight by Ohio EPA.