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Austin Master Services Releases Latest ODNR Report
State agency submitted report based on site visit to the Martins Ferry facility
Martins Ferry, OH (September 21, 2022) – Austin Master Services, an environmental services firm specializing in radiological waste remediation, has released the latest Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) report to austinmasterservices.com. This report details the state of the Martins Ferry, OH facility when visited by agency representatives on August 24, 2022.
“This report details the state of the facility based on the perspective of ODNR representatives at the time of their recent quarterly site visit. Within the report you can read of the multiple improvements that are underway along with recommended action from the ODNR site visitors,” said Chris Martin, spokesperson for Austin Master Services.
ODNR representatives, within the report, highlight the investment and efforts Austin Master Services has employed at the facility including the construction of a floodwall; the temporary sand berm that was installed due to a storage bin wall collapse, which since the report date has been repaired; and storage bin and filter press capacity levels. Photographs were also included in the report which features multiple areas within the facility.
To gain access to the ODNR reports, please visit our website. The webpage includes all documents submitted by ODNR to Austin Master Services since 2015.
Austin Master Services receives confirmation of safe operating procedures
Ohio EPA Dismisses Complaint Against Austin Master Services
Martins Ferry, OH (August 18, 2022) – Austin Master Services, an environmental services firm specializing in radioactive waste remediation, has released the recent Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) dismissal report regarding a previously filed complaint filed by the Concerned Ohio River Residents (CORR).
“This dismissal from a governing body reinforces the ongoing efforts that continue to ensure that the Martins Ferry facility is and remains safely operated within state regulations,” said Chris Martin, spokesperson for Austin Master Services.
According to the OEPA dismissal, “the Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC), and Emergency Planning programs have been resolved with no further action required. It appears unlikely that any future violations of the cited rules will occur as Austin Master Services now has been issued an Air permit and submitted required reports. No violations of the Division of Surface Water (DSW) or Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) programs were identified during the investigation. Therefore, the verified complaint is hereby dismissed.”
As part of this process, Austin Master Services received multiple permits to continue operations. The permits included the Permit-to-Install and Operate (PTIO) material handling operations and an Ohio State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) report to record the annual chemical inventory on site. No other oil and gas waste facility similar to Austin Master Services has an OEPA air permit.
A copy of the dismissal documentation is available on the Austin Master Services website.
Austin Master Services Releases All ODNR Reports
State agency reports highlight ongoing state of operational improvements
Martins Ferry, OH (July 12, 2022) – Austin Master Services, an environmental services firm specializing in radiological waste remediation, has uploaded each of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reports to austinmasterservices.com. Each report showcases the state of operations on the specific day of a site visit by ODNR personnel. The latest report is from May 19, 2022.
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management website, Division personnel conduct routine inspections to ensure the operation and maintenance of the oil and gas waste facility along with the reclamation of the oil and gas waste is protective of the public and the environment. More information is available on the ODNR website.
“We are uploading these reports to our website to aid the Martins Ferry community in understanding the reporting process. Since the reporting process is ongoing, it is essential for those who review the reports to do so in their entirety. When these reports are reviewed in succession, a reviewer will see the enhancements made based on recommendations as well as the ongoing efforts related to operational and facility improvements,” said Chris Martin, spokesperson for Austin Master Services.
Key takeaways from the reports include the operations that occurred during the time of the review, the continual operational improvements planned and/or made, as well as the recommendations that ODNR representatives made to the Austin Master Services leadership.
The ODNR reports found on this website include all documents submitted by ODNR to Austin Master Services since 2015.
Austin Master Services Responds to Martins Ferry, Ohio Source Water Protection Complaint
Waste remediation company addresses the environmental group
Martins Ferry, OH (June 24, 2022) – Austin Master Services, an environmental services firm specializing in radiological waste remediation, has submitted its response to the Martins Ferry (OH) City Council related to the verified complaint submitted by the Concerned Ohio River Residents (CORR) group.
“The team at Austin Master Services has been very receptive and cooperative in developing this response,” said John Davies, mayor of Martins Ferry. “Their willingness to meet and discuss this matter has been very helpful as we continue our efforts to ensure the highest levels of quality among our water system.”
The Austin Master Services response includes clarification of the facility location regarding the Martins Ferry Source Water Protection Plan, the group’s designation of the facility and the processes that occur on-site, secondary containment systems within the facility, perceived waste ponds, underground sources of contamination, and fire control.
“Austin Master Services operates according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Chief’s Order and works with governmental agencies who have jurisdiction over their process and facility. The CORR group has no jurisdiction or oversight and continues to attempt to create issues when all authorized inquiries have resulted in a lack of findings,” said Chris Martin, spokesperson for Austin Master Services.
The response addresses the group’s concerns and is available for review on the Austin Master Services and Martins Ferry websites. Click here to read the complete response.