Contamination slows sale of property


BEAVERCREEK — A potential contamination issue is impeding the sale and redevelopment of land in Beavercreek.

In 1985, the Ohio EPA determined the water and soil on the property located at the former location of NuGlo at 3465 Dayton-Xenia Road contained chemical contaminates but was below the level that required immediate actions. Beavercreek completed a phase 1 assessment of the land in 2008, but has since taken no action.

According to the Superfund Activities: EPA Report of August 1989, the William Ankeney Company reported that there water test indicated high levels of contamination and blamed the issue on former NuGlo Laboratory, which was adjacent to their building. At the time, the EPA tested the original water and soil sample from the Ankeney Company and did find high levels of contamination. But, later, the EPA testing showed a lower level that showed a lower level of contamination that didn’t warrant a threat.

During the time of the EPA Report of August 1989, there were 47 potentially hazardous waste sites in the Dayton area. Those sites included K & S Circuits in Clayton, Dayton Tire & Rubber Co. in Dayton, Landfill in Moraine, Landfill in Huber Heights, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton and NuGlo Laboratories.

NuGlo Laboratories, of course, is long gone. But, a portion of the building remains and so does the possible contaminates in the water and soil. Since the initial phase 1 testing by the City in 2008, the land sits vacant with no other testing and the severity of the contamination has not been identified.

The City of Beavercreek has recently learned of a grant that is available through the Ohio EPA’s Target Brownfield Assessment Program that could help identify any toxins and dangerous materials in the water and soil but also help clean it up the property to help it be sold and developed. If the city meets the criteria and is accepted to participate in the program, the grant would cover 100 percent of the costs and no money from the residents’ tax money would be used for this purpose.

City council authorized the Beavercreek City Manager Michael Cornell to take the necessary actions to apply for the Ohio EPA’s Target Brownfield Assessment Program in order to take the next steps to attempt to move forward in cleaning up the abandoned property.