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Meeting addresses three areas at Camp Ravenna

By MATTHEW MERCHANT Staff Writer Published: November 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Three areas of concern within the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center were addressed at a public meeting Tuesday in Paris Township.

Final reports for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers related to two of the areas, Load Line 10 and the three electrical substations, recommended no further action for environmental remediation. The third site, a dump along Paris-Windham Road, had land-use controls recommended.

Camp Ravenna is currently used as a training ground for the Ohio National Guard. Both the load line and two substations are on the southwestern side of the camp, and the dump and third substation are on the eastern side.

The dump along Paris-Windham Road was of most concern for inspectors, as the area was used for discarding construction materials containing asbestos. The site had been remediated in 2003, with 300 tons of material removed and disposed off-site, said Heather Adams, study and design team leader for Leidos, a Twinsburg-based contractor for the Army.

After chemicals of concern were detected again along the steep, roadside area, the Army recommended filling in the slope with fill and grass, then marking the area with color-coded stakes, said Katie Tait of the Army National Guard.

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Because the chemical need to be monitored, the remediations are expected to cost $103,300, which covers inspections every 5 years for 30 years. Those funds come from the capital fund as well as the operational maintenance funds of the camp.

Load Line 10, a 36-acre site with mostly overgrown fields previously used to manufacture ammunitions materials, was cleared for unrestricted/residential land use based on multiple tests conducted Leidos and checked by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

All three of the electrical substation sites, two of which contain small brick buildings that housed electrical transformers and lead acid batteries, were also cleared for unrestricted land use. One of those sites is currently used by the Guard.

Residents can submit comments online at www.rvapp.org.


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