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Mosaic Tile Dumpsite Focus of Cleanup

Chicago, IL— An investigation and cleanup of the former Mosaic Tile dump site in Zanesville, Ohio has been launched.

With oversight from EPA, contractors for Collins & Aikman Corp. and Marmon LLC, are collecting soil samples from the site, digging up and appropriately disposing of tile waste and contaminated soil, and restoring the now-empty lots. The two companies are considered responsible for the contamination.

The site has two sections, both located south of Pershing Road between Benjamin Avenue and Woody Lane. Local and Ohio EPA officials are also being consulted.

The five to six-acre Mosaic Tile Plant Dump site, in Springfield Township near Zanesville, was used by Mosaic Tile Co. in the 1960s to dispose of waste tile, glaze material and solid waste. The company closed the plant about 1967.

At the time, it was common practice to use lead as a base material in the ceramic glazing process. Investigations by Ohio EPA beginning in 1991 confirmed the presence of high levels of lead in the soil and higher than normal levels in the air over the site. To control blowing lead-contaminated soil, property owners covered the site with asphalt and vegetation in 1993.

The site is now fenced and has been under EPA oversight since last summer.






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