4/11/18
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Ohio EPA Considering Discharge Permit for Avon Lake Power Plant

Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, about a proposed renewal of the wastewater discharge permit for the NRG Power Midwest power plant.

The meeting will be held at the Avon Lake Public Library Waugaman Gallery, 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake. An information session will begin at 6 p.m. with a hearing immediately following during which the public can submit comments on the record about the permit renewal.

The company has applied to renew its permit to discharge wastewater from the coal-fired electric generation station at 33570 Lake Road. If approved, the permit would continue to allow the company to discharge approximately 389 million gallons of wastewater per day to Lake Erie. Most of the discharge is once-through condenser cooling water. 

The draft permit renewal also requires the company to address fish affected by the cooling water intake system. NRG Power is conducting a study and will submit a report to Ohio EPA proposing methods to reduce impacts caused by impingement or entrainment in the water intake system. The cooling water intake is in Lake Erie and pumps about 427 million gallons of water a day from the lake.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through May 2, 2018. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information about the permit, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. Please include the public notice number 17-12-007 on written comments.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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