January 24, 2018
As previously reported, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requested that Goodwill conduct indoor air sampling of the property located at 1201 N. Main Street, Orville, Ohio 44667 for the chemical trichloroethylene. Goodwill is pleased to report that the indoor air sampling at the Property has been completed and the chemical trichloroethylene was not detected in any indoor air sample. Accordingly, Goodwill is reopening the store located at the Property effective immediately. Goodwill values its customers and we apologize for any inconvenience that this matter may have caused you, but we wanted to error on the side of caution when we became aware of a potential issue. We do sincerely appreciate your understanding in this matter.
January 9, 2018
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) recently contacted Goodwill Industries of Wayne and Holmes Counties, Inc. (“Goodwill”) and requested that Goodwill review its files for any information relative to the environmental condition of Goodwill’s property located at 1201 N. Main Street, Orrville, Ohio 44667 (the “Property”) and possibly conduct indoor air sampling for the chemical trichloroethylene (“TCE”). The EPA’s request is part of an EPA initiative with respect to TCE, and we understand that similar notices have been sent to a number of property owners across the State of Ohio.
Importantly, Goodwill did not contribute to any contaminants that may be located on the Property and, when Goodwill purchased the Property, the Seller provided Goodwill with a number of environmental reports concerning the Property including the fact that the Property had complied with the EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (“VAP”) and that no further action was required. Indeed, on the issue of indoor air quality, said reports concluded that “site specific modeling demonstrated that the risk is acceptable in accordance with VAP rules” and that “the results of this analysis indicate that the concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) detected in soil and groundwater do not pose risks to indoor air exceeding the Ohio EPA target values . . . .” Further, since that time, Goodwill purchased the Property and installed the concrete slab upon which our building currently rests, which acts as a further barrier to any potential indoor air intrusion.
Nonetheless, in an abundance of caution, Goodwill intends to comply with the EPA’s request and has retained the services of an environmental consultant to review the historic environmental reports and conduct indoor air sampling.
Goodwill has closed the store located at the Property until the testing is completed, and will reopen once we confirm there is no indoor air issue.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
Judy Delaney, President