An old factory in Alliance, Ohio, in the process of being demolished ended up creating a HazMat situation, officials said.
As a result, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is now involved with the demolition of the T&W Forge complex, when they got the call of a hazardous materials incident Thursday in Alliance, OH.
Alliance Fire Department responded at 2:35 p.m. Thursday to the 400 block of North Rockhill Avenue, after an area resident noticed a sheen on a nearby creek and notified the city engineer’s office.
City officials then notified state environmental folks.
“When I got on scene, I asked the company representative to contact the OEPA,” said Chief Jason Hunt, who had been in touch with Alliance Fire Department’s HazMat control officers and updated their strategy. “They felt comfortable in what we were doing at that point, and the OEPA was on its way.”
Jim Wallace Land Co. had been demolishing the T&W Forge complex, which is on 11.85 acres in the 900 block of Ely Street, since January. The company specializes in demolishing older factories and recycling materials, such as the metal and bricks, from structures.
T&W Forge once was part of Transue & Williams, a company that forged steel parts since the 1890s.
Hunt said the sheen on the water was an oil-based product running downstream from the site.
He said fire crews placed two booms near Rockhill Avenue and Harrison Street.
“The OEPA official was going to fortify those and place one more down,” he said. “We all had met upstream to make sure the water was clear before deciding the best course of action. During a field survey, we appeared to find the source of action, so we have asked the property owner to work with the OEPA to remediate the issue.”