Industrial site cleanup does not satisfy neighbors

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been a week since HazMat crews responded to an abandoned building in East Liverpool after two dogs covered in tar were found in the area.

Residents on Michigan Avenue said the only thing that has changed since last week is the orange fencing that has been installed around the building.

But the Ohio EPA said Dacar Industries, which owns the building, has secured the area around the building, sealed doors and started cleaning up the outside. The EPA also said that Dacar is taking an inventory of known chemicals and waste on site and is taking bids from cleanup contractors.

“Ohio EPA is in contact with the company and our role really as the regulatory agency is to make sure the company is following through with what we need them to do,” Dina Pierce of the EPA said.

However, residents who live in the area said they would like more information.

“A little upset that they don’t seem to be as concerned as we are on this street. You would think that there would be something they have found out by now. It has been a week,” resident Patty Mook said.

Mook said she wants to know what exactly was found inside the building and would like to see it torn down.

Dewayne Siebert, who lives across the street from the Dacar facility agreed, saying he would like to know what was found in the building.

“It’s a little bit concerning for me as the fact that I found out that it was a chemical company and I did hear there was some bad chemicals. We have not heard what,” Siebert said. “No one has told us anything, no one has come by. We are still basically in the dark.”

He said he would like to know if he needs to leave, if his health is in danger and if he needs to see a doctor.

Mook said she would like to see the building torn down and grass planted.

“Maybe the kids can play ball down there,” she said.

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