- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The owner of a Columbus recycling facility where a massive fire broke out last month is facing deadlines for cleaning up the site.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1I4VnNp ) the owner has until the end of July to remove material and debris from the site and until the end of August to demolish eight buildings damaged by fire.

Officials say the cleanup is moving along, but has been slowed because the state Environmental Protection Agency must approve contractors and test the debris before it can go to a landfill.

Fire officials say the May 1 blaze started behind a concrete dock was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. The fire caused $8 million in damage.

The owner’s attorney says a judge will sign an order this month reflecting the cleanup deadlines.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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