December 8, 2017
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold December Meeting at Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Columbus
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus.

December 5, 2017
Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Four Northeast Ohio Organizations
Four northeast Ohio organizations have received grants from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF): Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Western Reserve Land Conservancy and The Ohio State University.

December 1, 2017
Cuyahoga River Water Quality Continues to Improve; U.S. EPA Agrees to Remove “Aesthetics” Impairment Designation
Responding to Ohio EPA’s recommendation from earlier this year, the U.S. EPA has agreed to remove the “Degradation of Aesthetics” Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) from the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC).

November 27, 2017
Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Amended Zeidrich Dump Preferred Plan
The amended preferred plan to address the Zeidrich Dump site, located near East Line Road, approximately 1,300 feet east of the village of Minerva (Columbiana County) will be the subject of an upcoming Ohio EPA public information session and hearing.

November 24, 2017
Rover Pipeline Spills Contaminants in Ohio Stream
Ohio EPA has cited Rover Pipeline, LLC for spilling contaminants into the Black Fork of the Mohican River, Ashland County. The Notice of Violation is Rover’s fifth since the company received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September to resume drilling construction at certain locations in Ohio. These latest violations are summarized in a letter Ohio EPA sent to Rover this week, requesting that the company pause horizontal drilling activities, review its contingency plan and ensure readiness to respond to future inadvertent returns.

November 21, 2017
New Waterford Improving Drinking Water System with Financing from Ohio EPA
New Waterford is improving the village’s drinking water treatment and distribution system in a project financed with an interest-free loan from Ohio EPA.

November 20, 2017
Ohio EPA Accepting Public Comments on Proposal to Remove Beneficial Use Impairment from Ashtabula River Area of Concern
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on a proposal to remove a Beneficial Use Impairment from the federally designated Ashtabula River Area of Concern (AOC). The meeting will be held Dec. 4, 2017, at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Harbor-Topky Memorial Library, 1633 Walnut Blvd., Ashtabula.

November 17, 2017
Campbell Building Emergency Water Connection with Financing from Ohio EPA
The city of Campbell is establishing an emergency drinking water connection with Youngstown in a project financed with an interest-free loan from Ohio EPA.

November 17, 2017
Geauga County Community Improving Drinking Water System with Financing from Ohio EPA
The Paw Paw Lake subdivision in Geauga County is replacing the community’s drinking water treatment plant with a project financed with a low-interest Ohio EPA loan.

November 17, 2017
State of Ohio Releases Latest Version of Plan to Reduce Nutrients in Lake Erie Basin
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have completed the Ohio Domestic Action Plan (DAP) 1.0 to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. This version of the Ohio DAP is being provided to U.S. EPA for review and comment and to serve as Ohio’s part of the US Domestic Action Plan, the final version of which is due in Feb. 2018.

October 25, 2017
Lorain County Making Sewer System Improvements; Receives Financing from Ohio EPA
Lorain County is receiving a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA to reduce storm water infiltration and inflow into the Pheasant Run sanitary sewer.

September 22, 2017
Rover Pipeline Resumes Construction, Immediately Spills Contaminants in Ohio Stream
Ohio EPA cited Rover Pipeline, LLC again this week for spilling contaminants into a stream: soap wastewater and soil/sediment into a tributary of Irish Creek, Loudon Township, Carroll County. The Notice of Violation comes only three days after the company this week received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to resume drilling construction at certain locations in Ohio.

September 19, 2017
Ohio EPA Issues Water Quality Certification for NEXUS Pipeline
After lengthy and careful review and consideration to ensure this pipeline project complies with Ohio law and is protective of the environment and public health, Ohio EPA has issued a Water Quality Certification for the Nexus pipeline to be built in Columbiana, Stark, Summit, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, Henry and Fulton counties.

September 15, 2017
Ohio EPA Provides Loans to Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to Reduce Combined Sewer Overflows
Ohio EPA has provided more than $150 million in low-interest loans to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) for two projects aimed at reducing combined sewer overflows (CSOs). The sewer district’s projects are among 25 projects statewide that received funding in July, totaling $475 million, a one-month record for Ohio EPA’s loan programs.

September 15, 2017
Ohio EPA Assists Ashtabula County Community with Facilities Planning
Ohio EPA has provided a $30,000 loan to the city of Geneva to plan for the community’s future wastewater treatment needs.

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