Posted: 8:44 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
Timeline of Dicks Creek
Here is a look at how the contaminants at Dicks Creek were discovered and significant dates until the settlement agreement in 2006.
1966 to 1983: Armco used PCB-containing oils in hydraulic machinery and other equipment. Armco recycled used PCB-containing oils in oil/water separator ponds at the slag processing area south of Oxford State Road.
1977: Production of PCBs were banned by the government because of reported links to cancer and other health problems for fish, wildlife and humans.
1980s: Armco ceases using PCBs and closed the oil/water separator ponds.
1995: A Wright State University student begins chemical and biological tests at Dicks Creek
1998: WSU finds the creek has several thousand times the maximum level of PCBs set by federal law
February 2000: State and federal inspectors test the creek.
June 2000: Ohio and U.S. EPAs file a lawsuit against AK Steel for violation of clean air, resource conservation and recovery, and clean water acts.
March 2003: Ohio EPA tests for PCB levels at Dicks Creek.
July 2003: AK Steel discovers and reports elevated levels of PCBs in groundwater seeping to Dicks Creek.
March 2004: AK Steel and Ohio EPA settle air nuisance claims.
April 2004: AK Steel builds a fence behind Amanda Elementary to restrict access to Dicks Creek.
April 2006: AK Steel settles its lawsuit and agrees to pay for the remediation and restoration of Dicks Creek.