Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 23 newspaper on Page A1.

JACKSON — The remediation process continues at the former Meridian Automotive Plant in Jackson.

In late September, Jackson County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Sam Brady, along with APEG Ohio Project Manager Taylor Stepp, and Tetra Tech Program Manager Matthew G. Wagner held an onsite project update and tour for local officials and the media to give them a firsthand glimpse at the progress being made.

During that tour, Brady reported that 2,019 tons of contaminated soil, sediment and concrete has been disposed of at Rumpke. In addition, Brady reported that 27 of the machine pits have been demolished, remediated and backfilled. Also, 6,600 cubic yards of clean concrete from the footers and foundation is to be recycled.

The scope of work for the project involves excavation and removal of contaminated soils; demolition; and removal of machinery pits, foundations, footers and bulk debris remaining on the site. The site has been subdivided into three distinct areas. The primary concern based on the analytical results, according to Wagner, was petroleum hydrocarbon contamination.

The clean-up portion of the project is supposed to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. The JCEDP hopes to attract some kind of industry to the site following clean up.

Back in June, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the beginning of the remediation and redevelopment of the property.

The clean-up process started on or around July 22, with the project contractor, Thompson Petroleum, working to clean up the property. Tetra Tech is the company overseeing the clean-up process.

Last year, Brady had reported that the JCEDP had received $1.8 million in funding to purchase the site (22.3 acres) and redevelop it. The project will also include two roadway investments.

Funding was provided by JobsOhio, Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio.

Earlier this year, JCEDP had closed on the real estate transaction, and things started to progress forward.

Meridian, according to Brady, was located in Jackson from 2000 to 2007. Much of the plant was torn down in 2015 and officials have since sought to clean up the site to make it usable again. Previous occupants included Goodyear (1966-1997) and Cambridge Industries (1997-2000).

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