27 Investigates: EPA: Eliminating odor at E. Liverpool plant is top priority

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) –  Ohio EPA crews spent the day Thursday evaluating the former Dacar Industries plant in East Liverpool.

That included walking through the building with the company president. Company officials won’t say what chemicals are at the property, but said they are not a public safety threat.

Contractors also were at the site on Thursday with proposals for cleaning up the property. Fencing around the tar pit is also being put up after two dogs covered in tar were found around the building earlier this week. The company also is closing any open doors to prevent people from getting inside.

A handful of people came back to the plant on Thursday, saying they are still worried about the chemicals and odor in the air.

“I feel completely concerned about it. I feel concerned for the safety of my kids. I have a 7-year-old and a 6-month-old,” Kelly Howard said.

Linda Oros of the Ohio EPA said the investigation is continuing to determine if the company violated any environmental laws. The EPA said it found no company violations in its initial check.

Oros also told me getting rid of the materials producing an odor at the plant is a top priority.

Dacar’s president said cleanup will probably start on Monday and eventually the building will be demolished.

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