Cleveland Asks Ohio EPA to Lighten Restrictions on Brownfields

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The City of Cleveland has asked the Ohio EPA to reduce cleanup requirements for groundwater emissions.

A pending application would declare the entire city an “urban setting,” which basically gives the city a pass on cleanup because nobody’s drinking water directly from the land. So far, 20 percent of the city already bears that distinction.

Ohio EPA spokesman Mike Settles says the reclassification would make it easier to sell and reoccupy industrial-commercial properties in areas like the Flats and the industrial valley.

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