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Stickney Recycling reaches deal with state to stay open

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The owners of the Stickney Recycling Center have reached a deal with the state that allows the company to stay in business. The agreement comes after a fire burned at the landfill for days.

The temporary restraining order, which is stopping the recycling center from taking any additional waste, remains in effect for another 48 hours, pending approval from leaders in Columbus.

Lawyers with the Ohio attorney general's and Hemisphere LTD, the owners of the landfill, met for almost six hours to hammer out a deal to keep Stickney Recycling open and impose safety restrictions.

The state filed a complaint in court after the Lucas County Health Department and Toledo Fire complained the site has had violations in the past. The most recent was a massive fire, which, according to the state's complaint, may have started underground as many as two weeks ago, with flames only breaking above ground on Friday. It took firefighters over 72 hours to extinguish the blaze.

The agreement calls for the company to cover all debris with 12 inches of soil, install probes to investigate the waste, and conduct air monitoring for asbestos and make sure there's no visible emissions.

The company believes an arsonist may be to blame for the most recent fire. One of their lawyers says arson is believed to be the cause of another massive fire at the site two years ago.

"We will double up on our security, to make sure that we're very much aware of anybody that enters the facility at any point and take necessary precautions so this doesn't happen again," says attorney Mike Cyphert.

Health officials say air tests show conditions in the North Toledo area appear to be safe.

After the temporary restraining order expires, if leaders in Columbus approve the agreement, the company plans to use a temporary storage area for waste until a new cell is completed and certified for permanent disposal.

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