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Ohio EPA to Extend Public Comment Period About Meigs County Mine Project

Ohio EPA will accept public comments about a Meigs County mine discharge diversion project until April 9, 2013. This is an extension from the original April 2 deadline. Comments can be emailed to dswcomments@epa.state.oh.us or sent to Ohio EPA-Division of Surface Water, Attention:  Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049.

Comments will be considered before Ohio EPA issues or denies the permits being sought by Southern Ohio Coal Company to construct a pipeline to divert discharges from Meigs Mine No. 31 near Langsville (around 30012 SR 124) to the Ohio River (mile 257.5). The permit applications and related materials are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office, 2195 Front St., Logan, OH 43138, by first calling (740) 385-8501. Interested parties may request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to the same address.

Ohio EPA held an information session and public hearing on March 26, 2013, to discuss the water quality impacts of the proposed pipeline. Ohio EPA is reviewing applications for the company’s wastewater discharge permit renewal and a permit-to-install to construct the diversion pipeline from the mining operations. Facility owner, Consol Energy Inc., is proposing to install a pipeline to divert treated discharge from Parker Run (which joins Leading Creek before discharging into the Ohio River) to the Ohio River. The 14-mile project would go through Salem, Rutland and Salisbury townships.

The Agency’s review of the applications is to ensure that discharges would comply with Ohio's water quality standards that protect aquatic life and human health. Ohio EPA also is considering other alternatives that may have lesser or no impacts to water quality, for example, treatment to reduce the total dissolved solids.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.


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