November 10, 2016 Ohio EPA Requests Public Input on Volkswagen Settlement
Ohio EPA is asking the public to weigh-in on a plan that will use Ohio’s portion of the Volkswagen consent decree/settlement to offset the effects of diesel emissions. The state’s share of the settlement dollars is anticipated to be $71.4 million over 10 years, and will be directed toward grants and other efforts that can produce the greatest air quality benefits such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission reductions, reduced public exposure to the pollutants in diesel exhaust and the promotion of clean vehicle technologies.
November 4, 2016 Ohio EPA Proposes 2017 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Program Management Plan
Ohio EPA will hold a meeting on Nov. 21, 2016, to discuss the Agency’s draft 2017 Program Management Plan for the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). The fund provides financial and technical assistance to improve the quality of Ohio's rivers, streams, lakes and other water bodies.
November 3, 2016 Cleveland Economic Development Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
The Cleveland Department of Economic Development has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after investigating and remediating a property on Crescent Avenue in Cleveland.
November 1, 2016 Ohio EPA Issues Air Permit for Bio-Energy Project at Brown County Landfill
Ohio EPA has issued an air permit-to-install to Bio-Energy (Ohio) to build a landfill gas power station at the Rumpke Brown County Landfill located at 9427 Byers Road, Georgetown.
November 1, 2016 Hamilton County to Improve Wastewater Treatment; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
Hamilton County is using a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA to make improvements at the Muddy Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant that will, in turn, help improve the water quality in Muddy Creek.
October 31, 2016 Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to Improve Sewer System Through Funding from Ohio EPA; Sponsors Water Quality Projects
Ohio EPA has approved a $69.5 million low-interest loan to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) to aid in constructing combined sewer overflow storage tunnels. The Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) project will help bring NEORSD in compliance and improve the water quality of Lake Erie.
October 26, 2016 Wintersville to Improve Wastewater Treatment; Receiving Financing from Ohio EPA
Wintersville has received a $420,000 low-interest loan from Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) to conduct a Sewer System Evaluation Survey (SSES). This study will help Wintersville identify (so that the village can subsequently eliminate) points at which sanitary sewers and storm water combine. As a result, the system will have fewer overflows into area streams. The improvement in water quality will help both public health and the environment.
October 26, 2016 Richland County Property Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
Honeywell International has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after investigating and remediating the former Prestolite property.
October 24, 2016 Cleveland Property Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
Auburn Parking and DSW Inns have received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after investigating and remediating the former Rockwell Parking Garage Property in Cleveland.
October 21, 2016 Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Grant to Cuyahoga County Organization
Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation in Cleveland will educate businesses and area residents about how they can use landscaping to help control storm water runoff with help from a $5,000 Ohio EPA grant. The community will retrofit existing green infrastructure with non-edible, perennial plants that will be serve two purposes – storm water control and public programming craft demonstrations.
October 21, 2016 NEXUS Pipeline Water Quality Certification Comment Period Extended to Oct. 31
In response to numerous requests for additional time to review the NEXUS Gas Transmission 401 water quality certification, Ohio EPA has extended the comment period until the close of business on Oct. 31, 2016.
October 21, 2016 Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Lucas County Organization
Toledo Botanical Garden will use a $1,282 grant from Ohio EPA to host a one-day, six-hour training for 25 elementary school teachers that will provide hands-on lessons about pollution in waterways and how to manage urban runoff.
October 21, 2016 Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting to Discuss Permit Modification for Cristal USA
A request to modify a discharge permit for Cristal USA in Ashtabula will be the subject of a Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 Ohio EPA public meeting. An information session will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a public hearing at the Kent State Ashtabula Auditorium, 3300 Lake Road West.
October 20, 2016 Ohio EPA Awards $800 Environmental Education Grant to Hardin County Organization
Blanchard River Watershed Partnership will take a “snapshot” sample of the Blanchard River Watershed using funding from an Ohio EPA grant to Ohio Northern. The $800 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant will support water chemistry sampling at several locations in the watershed and produce a “grade card” brochure to be distributed to the public.
October 20, 2016 Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Grant to Summit County Organization
First Congregational Church of Akron, will receive a $5,000 Ohio EPA environmental education grant to expand its current rainwater collection system and educate the public about how diverted water is used in the church’s produce garden.