PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle
Ohio EPA Seeking Public Comments on New Injection Wells
Public Meeting Scheduled April 20 in Lima
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing on Thursday, April 20, 2017, to accept public comments about draft permits allowing Lima Refining Co. to drill three new Class 1 hazardous wastewater injection wells on the refinery property in Lima.
The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, Lima Municipal Center, 50 Town Square.
During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the draft permits and answer questions. During the hearing, which will immediately follow the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the permits.
If approved, the permits only would allow the company, located at 1150 South Metcalf St., Lima, to construct three injection wells. The permits would not authorize the company to use the wells for wastewater disposal without first obtaining additional permits from Ohio EPA to operate the wells.
Copies of the draft permits and related documents may be viewed at the Lima Public Library, 650 W. Market St., Lima; at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, for an appointment, call (614) 644-2752; or at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, for an appointment, call (419) 352-8461.
Written comments on the draft permits will be accepted at the hearing or may be emailed to Jess Stottsberry at Jess.Stottsberry@epa.ohio.gov, or mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Attn: Jess Stottsberry, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Comments will be accepted until April 24, 2017.
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.