1,000 Acre Property
Perry County, OH
EMH&T conducted a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for an approximately 1,000 acre property located in Perry County, Ohio that was historically utilized as farmland and woodland with minor underground mining of coal. In addition, historical strip mining activity extended across the site and major tributaries of Moxahala Creek, terminating in near-vertical highwalls and pit ponds. Because of the date of this historical strip mining, all of these areas were considered to be ‘Pre-Law’ and therefore had no outstanding reclamation or bonding obligations. These areas did, however, present a number of challenges to future land uses. The presence of pre-law highwalls, many of which were more than sixty feet high, created not only a physical barrier to surface transportation but also a potential safety concern to persons unfamiliar with the terrain.