Toronto-based Avison Young has been retained to advise on the redevelopment of the property in an environmentally conscious manner and for the future sale of the remediated property.
ALERG has also retained Gensler, a San Francisco-based architecture and planning group, who is positioning the property to expand economic activity and benefit the surrounding communities through job creation and enable this site to provide the best potential use for the community and City of Avon Lake moving forward.
April 25, 2022
In January, with the help of environmental consulting firm Verdantas, the City of Avon Lake applied for a $300,000 assessment grant from Ohio’s Brownfield Remediation Program. The grant is for the power plant site. This was a new $500 million grant program for the state, and Avon Lake applied in the first of multiple rounds of the program. It is called an assessment grant because it is specifically for environmental testing, and not for demolition or remediation. The City was excited to hear, on April 25, that it had received this $300,000 grant.
May 2, 2022
The Avon Lake Environmental Redevelopment Group (ALERG) has received questions from Avon Lake's Environmental Affairs Advisory Board (EAAB) regarding the remediation and demolition of the Avon Lake Power Plant. Below, we have listed the questions tendered on Thursday, April 28, followed by ALERG's response.
Q: Will there be an environmental site assessment/baseline of the Avon Lake Coal Power Plant be performed?
A: ALERG has been conducting detailed environmental due diligence reviews and Phase I ESA work for the past several months. The Phase 1 ESA was completed before closing and has onsite recognized environmental conditions (RECs) that will be addressed during the remediation and demolition of the plant. Now that we have acquired the property and the plant is being de-energized, we can begin further environmental Phase II testing and assessments in the coming months.
Q: What is the redevelopment/land use plan for the facility?
A: ALERG is working closely with our real estate advisor, planners, engineers, and the City of Avon Lake to assess various land use plans and alternatives for the property. Although still in very early conceptual planning, these Master Plan Concepts have been presented in recent public meetings at the City.
Q: What is the remedial action plan for the facility?
A: Our integrated work teams are currently preparing the site with important environmental controls and best management practices to ensure the site is ready for clean-up and demolition. Subsequent near-term work includes inventory and removal of petroleum, residual chemical/material substances, remaining coal material/coal residuals, and asbestos abatement/removal. These actions will then prepare various areas of the plant for dismantlement/demolition. The facility's Remedial Action Plan (RAP) will be further developed as several rounds of Phase II environmental investigations are conducted and the nature and extent of potentially contaminated media (soil, sediment, groundwater, surface water) become defined and quantified.
Q: How will the soil and groundwater contamination be managed/remediated?
A: When the site is ready and prepared to conduct Phase II ESA work safely, ALERG will assess soil and groundwater conditions. Analytical data will be compared to Ohio EPA's applicable soil and water quality standards.
Contaminants in soil and/or groundwater will be assessed with respect to potential exposure pathways and risks to human health and the environment. If necessary, for risk reduction, feasible, cost-effective, and sustainable remedial approaches will be implemented. Remedial approaches will be defined as further site conditions become defined by Phase II work.
Q: How will hazardous materials, including but not limited to decommissioning waste (i.e., process chemicals, asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls, lead, concrete structures and substructures contaminated with PCB's/other process chemicals, etc.) be managed and disposed?
A: We have a team of highly trained, experienced staff and contractors that specialize in managing the wastes and residuals from a large power plant demolition, abatement, and clean-up project, such as Avon Lake. For the most part, off-site disposal and off-site recycling/re-use of wastes and residuals will be conducted. Appropriately licensed off-site treatment, disposal, and recycling destination facilities capable of processing/disposing of/recycling/treating the compounds in the demolition materials will be used. Clean concrete will be crushed and utilized onsite as structural backfill for subsurface voids, basements, and tunnels.
Q: How will the redevelopment plan and remedial action plan be integrated to reduce risk?
A: ALERG's objective is to safely and effectively remove the power plant and its components to an acceptable standard of workmanship and an environmental due care standard. As future land uses and/or development plans are determined, further risk-based assessments will be conducted by others responsible for redevelopment or, depending on timing, scope, and objectives, may be able to be integrated into our work concurrently.
Q: How will stakeholders be incorporated into the project lifecycle?
A: ALERG's team has communicated frequently with the City of Avon Lake and its Community Improvement Corporation. We will continue maintaining City awareness and provide information from time to time. ALERG's team also works with state and local regulatory agencies while maintaining compliance with all permit requirements.
Q: Who will be the final regulatory approval body, when it comes to remedial actions, and clean-up targets?
A: ALERG's work is regulated by Ohio EPA. We have obtained/transferred various environmental permits for our planned work. As we conduct environmental assessments, remediation, demolition, and risk reduction planning, we will be following the applicable rulemaking and policies under the Ohio Voluntary Action Program and under the review of an Ohio Certified Professional (CP).
Q: What is the phased project approach and the approximate project schedule?
A: We expect an approximate 24 to 36-month schedule for the work, which has now started.