Scrap Yard Pollution Prevention Project
TMACOG’s Environmental Planning staff and the City of Toledo will be working together for the next two years on a program to reduce pollution from scrap yards in the city. With a grant from U.S. EPA Pollution Prevention Program , the program will inventory scrap yards in the Ottawa River watershed and evaluate and rank facilities based on the likelihood that they are contributing to runoff pollution. As part of the evaluation, consultants will look for outfalls coming from scrap yards and draining into waterways. They will collect samples of the outfall and analyze it for PCBs, PAHs, and heavy metals. Best management practices and good housekeeping standards will be addressed at the yards. As the program continues, further testing will show where there has been improvement. Area scrap yards and recyclers have asked for advice as they work to control hazardous runoff and are partnering in the project.
When the project is complete, the City of Toledo will have an updated list of scrap yard and recycling facilities that will be mapped and linked with Toledo storm sewer GIS maps. The information will also be available to emergency response agencies to expedite service in the event of an accident or spill.