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OLER UPDATES MY WAY FIRE CLEANUP, WARNS OF HAZARDS AT SITE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Ron Oler updated Common Council Monday night on progress at the My Way Trading fire site.  The EPA turned the property back over to the city last week after months of cleanup.  Here’s what the city is dealing with now:  "There are a lot of pits and basements and loading ramps.  The city is in the process of filling those.  One of the pits is 15 feet deep," Oler said.  And the city is still having issues with Seth Smith, who owns part of the fire site.  "We'll keep a security fence around the trailers until their fate is decided.  That's an ongoing issue with the owner.  The owner still has a site there that has debris on it," Oler explained.  Oler also cautioned about the smokestack, which is still standing and has been filled with concrete.  He called it the most solid structure in Richmond after the EPA was unable to knock it down.