State had ordered cleanup at fire site
EPA investigators found low levels of pollution at a pond on the property.
BY AMANDA GARRETT
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
LEAVITTSBURG -- A Florida couple who own property where thousands of illegally dumped tires caught fire Saturday night had been ordered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency last August to clean up the Risher Road site.
Frank and Lorell Naypaver of Sun City Central, Fla., were supposed to have their property cleaned up by Dec. 10.
Warren Township firefighters think someone set fire Saturday night to tires at a pond embankment on the property.
Firefighters were called at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and battled the blaze until 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
In August, the Ohio EPA gave the Naypavers 120 days to remove 2,000 tires from their property, citing a danger to the public health and environment.
The Ohio EPA is now working with the Ohio attorney general's office to arrange for a cleanup of the property and to seek reimbursement from the Naypavers for the Ohio EPA's efforts, spokesman Mike Settles said.
The Naypavers, who are in their 80s, have lived in Florida for several years and Ohio EPA officials think they know who is responsible for the dumping on the property, Settles said.
They could not be reached Monday afternoon.
Two Ohio EPA investigators found low levels of pollution when they took water samples from the pond Monday afternoon, Settles said.
The pond feeds into a tributary of Duck Creek, which flows into the Mahoning River, Settles said. The pollution, which Settles did not specify, was not significant enough to affect either Duck Creek or the Mahoning River, he said.
The Naypavers since 1994 also have been repeatedly cited by the Trumbull County Board of Health for illegal dumping, the Ohio EPA said.