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Action taken on Dacar Plant

Updated: Friday, July 18 2014, 06:13 PM EDT
EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The plant where a dog was found covered in tar is undergoing major changes.
Environmental Protection Agency officials are now involved in urging the owners of the Dacar Plant to begin a work plan that includes cleaning up the chemicals.
Meanwhile, the people who live near the plant remain concerned about safety.
Days ago, the plant was surrounding by a hazmat team to investigate barrels of chemicals that were discovered after a dog was rescued there. Since then the old Dacar plant has been fenced up, security guards are posted throughout the day, and police guard the area afterward.
Still, people who live just a few homes away from the plant that sits on Michigan Avenue don't feel safe.
“Yes I am concerned,” resident Patricia Mook said. “We have a little baby that lives across the street that is 2 years old. She's going to be there for a long time.”
While 78-year-old Mook said she wants to see the plant torn down right away, it might turn into a lengthy demolition process.
EPA officials are asking the company for a work plan that includes a cleanup schedule and what they are planning to do to get the place torn down after cleaning it up.
After a thorough investigation this week, EPA officials said the material that was found inside the plant are not hazardous, but a solid waste because it is not usable.
Residents in the area believe the owner should have been more involved when the plant was supposed to be torn down a little over a year ago.
"I felt that he should've came down and checked on his property being demolished and when the people moved on and didn't finish the job, was he not getting a bill?" Mook asked. "I'd like for them to demolish it and clear the property off. Do whatever they have to do with the materials that are there, maybe make a nice park of some kind for the community."
Before any action is taken, the chemicals have to have a proper path to travel, and a contractor has to be approved to hauling the chemicals.
The EPA is asking the company start something there by at least July 22.

Action taken on Dacar Plant

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