Since receiving the Ohio EPA Final Findings & Orders on May 3, we have been working diligently and have completed all the agency orders, meeting all compliance dates. The most significant action this week is the completion of the cap extension, further enhancing our control of odors.
While we have met all the agency orders on time, we remain committed to our site inspections and monitoring all the important structures we now have in place.
Here is a more complete update on all activities:
Synthetic Cap Extension Completed: On August 26, 2017, we completed the extension of the synthetic cap, covering an additional 8 acres, including the completion of the pipe boots and applying vacuum. This proactive measure should further enhance our control of odors.
Drilling Complete for Necessary Updates to the Gas Well Collection Network: All gas well drilling on site is now complete. The employees are on site for daily inspections to ensure all wells are operating properly and the vacuum is being applied.
Air Monitoring Enhancements: We continue with sampling of our ambient air monitoring along with RAPCA conducting periodic monitoring in the community. RAPCA updates their website with the ambient air monitoring data and community air monitoring data as they are received and after they have undergone Ohio EPA review. More information can be found at http://www.rapca.org/programs/air-quality-monitoring/stoney-hollow-sampling.
Odor Surveillance: We continue to conduct odor surveillance three times a day, seven days a week. Results are maintained on site and available for agency inspection. Since activating the cap in late January, we have seen promising results. The third-party consultant has reported a decrease in intensity and scope of odors in the daily odor surveys. As we continue site maintenance work, we will issue potential odor alert notifications when we expect the potential for off-site odors.
Odor Management Plan: The order sets clear guidelines and measurement criteria that must be met before the Ohio EPA will give approval for any changes. We continue to operate in accordance with the plans outlined in the order.