Columbus Issues Deadline For Fire Cleanup

Columbus Issues Deadline For Fire Cleanup (Image 1)

The City of Columbus says the cleanup process at a recycling plant destroyed by flames isn’t moving fast enough.

It’s been almost a month since the fire at the Phoenix Recycling Plant started after fire officials say someone failed to properly throw out smoking materials.

Thursday, the attorney for the plant met with building inspectors and the city attorney’s office for a status conference at the Franklin County Municipal Court.

The clock is now ticking to the deadline when the charred and melted debris at the plant must be safely removed.

“The plan is for primarily to have all of what we call the solid waste, the stuff on the property gone within 60 days,” said Steve Dunbar, the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Columbus.

Phoenix Recycling now has 60 days to work with the EPA to identify what each piece of debris is and send it off to the proper place for disposal.

It is debris that Dunbar says should not have been stored here to begin with.

“They were running a salvage yard without the appropriate license to do so,” Dunbar said.

When flames overtook the recycling plant on May 1,  Dunbar said it drew attention to other issues not just here but at other sites the business runs.

He said the Columbus Division of Fire has issued notice of several safety violations at the businesses other properties, many of which were re-inspected Thursday.

As for the clean up on Marion Road,  “They’re making progress but they have not complied with those orders,” according to Dunbar.

So, next week, Dunbar says his office will submit new filings against Phoenix Recycling in order to keep the cleanup process moving along.

Phoenix Recycling has an additional 90 days to demolish buildings on the site that building code inspectors deemed unsafe.

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