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CVS to undertake remediation from past gas station

Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton CVS has indicated an intent to remediate "gasoline-related constituents" at the site, which has not been a gas station since 1981.

A downtown Warren business is in the process of remediating “gasoline-related constituents” present at the site for 40 years.

CVS has filed a Notice of Intent to Remediate with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regarding the 100 Market St. property.

“This notice of intent to remediate states that the site was a service station from approximately 1938 to 1957,” according to a legal notice on the issue. “The site has been found to be contaminated with gasoline-related constituents, which has impacted soil and groundwater on the site.”

According to the Notice of Intent to Remediate provided by DEP, the property functioned as a gas station until 1981 “which utilized two dispenser islands, four 2,500 gallon leaded underground storage tanks and one 550 gallon waste/use motor oil” tank.

Those tanks were removed in 1999.

The document states that “subsurface investigation activities” continued in 2015, 2018 and 2019 identified substances above the DEP’s Residential Soil Statewide Health Standard as well as groundwater contamination.

“At this time, CVS proposes to pursue closure of leaded gasoline and/or motor oil-related compounds in soil and groundwater via the establishment of site-specific standards in combination with an Environmental Covenant for soil and groundwater through Act 2,” the notice states.

The Notice of Intent to Remediate is the first step in that process which will culminate in an extensive final report.

The notice states that the “proposed future use of the property will continue to be non-residential for commercial use.”

A comment period is running through Sept. 6 and anyone looking to make comments on this issue should submit them to the DEP’s Meadville office.

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