Fri. 1:28pm: Company says no ill effects from ash

EAST LIVERPOOL – Initial test results of ash collected in East End following the July 13 incident at Heritage Thermal Services show there is no cause for concern at this time about adverse health effects, according to the company.

A summary of the findings will be published on the company’s website at The company operates a hazardous waste incinerator on Saint George Street.

“We thank our neighbors for their patience to learn about the results,” HTS President John Avdellas said in a release Thursday. “We needed this time to ensure the samples were collected and tested properly.”

The issue arose about 1 p.m. July 13, when a large amount of ash fell from the interior walls of the incinerator during routine operations. The volume of the falling ash was greater than the ash removal system was able to handle, causing an undetermined amount of ash to be released outside the facility and into the air.

Employees of HTS took to the streets immediately after the release of the ash, collecting samples from poles, meters, surface areas and swimming pool water.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has said test results from its samples will take some time to compile, after which it will be determined whether any enforcement action or recommendations on alternate operations will be imposed.