Sparing me the 'Well, they can bury the landfill deep enough and vent the methane and everything will be ok...' comment, why on Earth would you build a shopping center and resturants (resturants?!) on a covered up landfill? Back in the 80's, weren't some ex-Giants players getting cancer at an unusually high rate from having to play in the Meadowlands?
GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A Wal-Mart store in Garfield Heights' City View Plaza has been closed because of health concerns.
The plaza is built on an old landfill and the store has been shut down indefinitely because of safety concerns for customers and associates.
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Tara Stewart said an independent contractor evaluated the building and that Wal-Mart didn't like what the contractor found.
"Whatever it was, structural shift, foundation issues, sewer backup, water main, methane, electrical – lots of different things and to us, wanted to be sure what was going on in the store," said Stewart.
Earlier this month, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency threatened to shut down City View if the owners did not step up monitoring and venting of underground explosive gases.
Wal-Mart told employees Monday that the store was closing. The mayor of Garfield Heights was told a short time later.
A representative told NewsChannel5 that the developer has made progress in making improvements and monitoring the methane gases, and at this point they believe the center is safe.
The EPA said health department officials as well as EPA workers are at the shopping center every day, monitoring the gases, and they believe that the center is safe as well.
Anyone who has prescriptions at the Garfield Heights Wal-Mart can pick them up at the Bedford location, at 22209 Rockside Road.