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Cuyahoga Valley Nation Park discovers dozens of dumped buckets and barrels
Ohio EPA is trying to determine the contents; Ira Road is closed

Mark Urycki
Barrels, buckets and drums were found on both sides of Ira Road. The contents have still not been identified.
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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is trying to determine today what is inside dozens of drums found in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park last night. EPA spokesman Mike Settles says they were discovered along Ira Road about 8 p.m. close to the Cuyahoga River.

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“So far, we’ve found about a dozen 55-gallon, 30-gallon drums on one side of Ira Road, and roughly 30 five-gallon and one-gallon containers on the other side of the road. We have not yet been able to assess what’s in those drums. We’re working right now to bring those containers up to the road and determine if there is any hazardous material.” 

Ira Road between Riverview road and Akron-Peninsula Road is closed until officials decide the area is safe. Some of the drums had spilled a substance onto the soil, but it has not affected waterways. Settles says the EPA has also begun a criminal investigation.

Organizers of the Towpath Marathon, which was delayed until this weekend by the federal shutdown of the parks earlier this month, say they do not anticipate the investigation will affect the marathon. Runners cross on the other side of the intersection.


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