Youngstown board of control OKs $650M to clean up additional contaminants at site

By David Skolnick


Additional contaminants found on city-owned property being used by V&M Star for its $650 million expansion project increased cleanup costs by $197,972.

The board of control approved legislation Thursday to pay MS Consultants Inc., a Youngstown company, that additional money to clean up and dispose of the contaminated soil on two properties.

“As they were excavating, they found more contaminants,” said Charles Shasho, deputy director of the city’s public works department. “These are old industrial facilities. Especially with soils, what’s underneath isn’t always known.”

The work already has been done, he said.

As part of its agreement with the city, V&M Star will pay the additional cost for the cleanup, Shasho said.

The two properties last were used as an asphalt plant and for pickling steel, which uses an acid wash in the finishing process of metal to give it a smooth appearance.

The original cost of the work was $258,192. With the additional work, that increased to $456,164.

V&M is continuing to build its $650 million expansion plant off U.S. Route 422 on the city’s border with Girard.

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