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Ohio EPA Hosting Meeting about Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant

Ohio EPA has issued a draft air pollution permit-to-install for a proposed natural gas-fired electric power plant in Oregon. A public information session and hearing to explain the draft permit and listen to public comments will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bay Shore Road, Oregon. During the information session, staff from Ohio EPA and Toledo Division of Environmental Services (TDES) will present information about the draft permit and answer questions. During the hearing, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the draft permit.

If approved, the permit would allow construction of the Oregon Clean Energy Center at 816 Lallendorf Road.

The 799 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine facility would emit nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic chemicals, sulfuric acid mist, greenhouse gases and particulate matter. The federal Clean Air Act and its amendments regulate the type and quantity of materials that may be discharged to the air. The maximum allowable emission levels are designed to protect human health and the environment. These levels are set in permits issued by Ohio EPA.

Ohio EPA and TDES will accept written comments on the draft permit through May 13, 2013. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. Ohio EPA will take all public comments into consideration before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit.

To comment or receive information on the draft air permit, write to Matt Stanfield, Toledo Division of Environmental Services, 348 South Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604; fax comments to Matt Stanfield at (419) 936-3959; or email matthew.stanfield@toledo.oh.gov.  The application and other related materials are available for review at TDES by calling (419) 936-3015. The draft permit also is available online.

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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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