3/29/18
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Ohio EPA Meeting to Discuss Permit Variance Request for Defiance Company

A request to grant a temporary variance from the mercury limits allowed in the Metal Management of Ohio wastewater discharge permit will be the topic of an April 11, 2018, Ohio EPA public meeting. An information session will begin at 6 p.m., immediately followed by a public hearing at the Community Auditorium-Old Middle School, 629 Arabella St., Defiance.

Ohio EPA is reviewing an application from the metal fabrication company, located at 27063 State Route 281, Defiance, to modify its current discharge permit to temporarily grant a variance from the 1.3 parts per trillion (ppt) monthly average mercury limit.

If approved, the change would allow the facility to continue to discharge mercury to the Maumee River at current levels which exceed the 1.3 ppt requirement in the current permit. As conditions of the variance, the facility would be required to identify the sources of mercury and take steps to eliminate or minimize those sources.

The proposed variance may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but does not authorize any violation of Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the proposal before deciding whether to approve or deny the permit change.

Comments on the proposed permit modification may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by email to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period will end April 18. Following consideration of public comments, Ohio EPA will decide to whether to approve or deny the variance.

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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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