Ensign Products Co. is a former rustproofing and lubricant manufacturer located in Cleveland, Ohio in a mixed residential and light industrial area. The company operated from 1967 until a fire destroyed the business on June 13, 2016. Cleveland Fire Department responded to the fire and the site was left abandoned following the fire.
Subsequently, Ohio EPA (OEPA) conducted a complaint investigation on December 6, 2017 after Cleveland Fire Department notified OEPA that oil-related waste remained in the building fire debris. A Notice of Violation (NOV) was issued by OEPA on December 13, 2017 to the property owner requiring the owner to properly evaluate the waste to determine if it is a hazardous waste. On December 15, 2017, OEPA referred the site to USEPA for evaluation.
On January 3, 2018 USEPA initiated an emergency site stabilization action and collected samples to characterize remaining waste and debris left on the site. Laboratory results indicated that certain wastes left on site were hazardous.
On May 14, 2018, USEPA initiated a time critical removal action to control, characterize, remove, and dispose of hazardous waste including drums, containers, building debris, and underground storage tanks left abandoned at the site.
On July 24, 2018, USEPA completed the cleanup of the Ensign Products site.