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Lordstown Ordnance Depot

The former Lordstown Ordnance Depot is a formerly used defense site located in Lordstown Village, approximately four miles south of Warren, Ohio in Trumbull County. The property covers approximately 520 acres, most of which is owned by the Ohio Commerce Center, excluding 39 acres owned by Trumbull County Schools known as the TAMPEEL property.


The facility was built in 1942 as a U.S. Army quartermaster depot responsible for transportation, storage, reconditioning and redistribution of equipment, material and supplies in support of the war effort during World War II.

Congress established the Defense Environmental Restoration Program/Formerly Used Defense Site (DERP/FUDS) program to clean up properties that were under the jurisdiction of the Secretary and owned, leased, or possessed by the United States and transferred from Department of Defense (DoD) control prior to Oct. 17, 1986. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages the FUDS program.

Major Milestones/Accomplishments

Environmental response actions at DERP/FUDS conform to the requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). Since 1994, USACE has been working in conjunction with the Ohio EPA to assess potential environmental issues associated with past Army activities on the site.

Potential areas of concern identified at the Ohio Commerce Center include:

  • Underground storage tanks (USTs) on the site were used primarily for storing heating oil. A Site Investigation of multiple USTs was completed in 2000. All suspected tank locations were investigated, and the tanks were closed in accordance with the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements in 2004.
  • The Army maintained a small-arms firing range on the northwest corner of the property. This area was investigated in 2004 and based on the sampling results, no remedial action was required.
  • Two areas of concern identified on the southwest corner of the property included a railroad salvage yard and several small areas (burn areas) used for burning non-inventoried, combustible materials (paper, wood, demolition debris, etc.) Investigations of surface and subsurface soil in these areas between 1998 and 2002 indicated that the levels of metals were consistent with naturally occurring levels in the region. Based on the assessment of risk for continued commercial use, no further remedial action is recommended for these two areas.
  • A third area of concern identified on the southwest corner of the site is a former pit used for disposal of wastes. Investigations of this area between 1998 and 2002 confirmed that the former pit was a source of a groundwater plume with elevated levels of chlorinated solvents. As a result, a large volume of soil was removed in 1998 to eliminate the continuing source of groundwater contamination. Additional investigations were conducted in 2007 and 2009 to further delineate the extent of soil and groundwater contamination.

  • A remedial Investigation was finalized for the TAMPEEL property located on the northwest corner of the former depot in December 2011. Based on the remedial investigation, no remedial action is necessary to protect human health and the environment at the TAMPEEL site. Therefore, USACE recommends No Action. This Proposed Plan has been reviewed by the Ohio EPA, who has concurred with the recommendation.
  • A remedial investigation was finalized for the three areas of concern on the Ohio Commerce Center in July 2014. For the Waste Oil Pit AOC, current land use is not associated with human health risks above USEPA’s target risk range for receptors. For future land uses, risks for hypothetical adult and child residents, industrial workers, and construction workers exceeded USEPA target risk range. A feasibility study to evaluate alternatives to address potential future risks with the former waste oil pit is expected to be completed in 2016.

Information Repository

The Information Repository has been established for the former Lordstown Ordnance Depot. This collection of reports is available for the public to view. The documents are available at the following locations during business hours.

Warren-Trumbull County Public Library Main Library
444 Mahoning Ave, NW
Warren, Ohio 44483

Lordstown Branch
1471 Salt Springs Road
Warren, Ohio 44481


Contact Information

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