(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Attorney General Mike DeWine said today that a consent decree has been agreed to by his office, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), Otterbein University and the U.S. Department of Defense that will outline responsibilities in investigating contamination on the former Kilgore Manufacturing property, located at 600 N. Spring Road in Westerville (Delaware County). The property is now owned by Otterbein.
In addition to requiring cost sharing between Otterbein and the Department of Defense, the consent decree requires both parties to pay costs to Ohio EPA for its oversight of the investigation and to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for its enforcement efforts. The agreement also provides that the parties will work toward a final consent decree regarding property cleanup after the investigation work is completed in the coming years. Judge George Smith, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, signed the consent decree last week.