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Hancock County Landfill Expansion Permit Subject of Ohio EPA Meeting

Hearing Scheduled May 29 in Findlay

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, regarding a proposed expansion of the Hancock County Landfill that, if approved, would increase the landfill’s footprint by 56.5 acres. The meeting will be in the Findlay-Hancock Public Library’s Lindamood Room, 206 Broadway St., Findlay.

Hancock County owns the municipal solid waste landfill at 3763 County Road 140, Findlay. The Hancock County Board of Commissioners is applying for the lateral expansion.

The landfill receives approximately 464 tons of waste per day. If approved, the landfill would add more than 6.8 million cubic yards of capacity, increasing the facility’s lifespan to 43 years at current disposal rates. The landfill currently is authorized to take up to 750 tons of waste a day.
The expansion application includes a request for an exemption from a rule requiring at least a 200-foot setback from a stream, lake or wetland. If approved, the landfill would be less than 200 feet from three wetland areas. A fourth wetland would be removed by the expansion. The county has applied for an Ohio isolated wetland permit for authorization to eliminate the small, low-quality wetland.

During the information session, Ohio EPA staff will explain the permitting process and provide an overview of the permit application. The Agency will respond to questions about the proposed expansion.

During the public hearing, Ohio EPA will accept comments on the record about the draft permit. Ohio EPA values public input. Anyone may submit comments and/or request to be on a mailing list to receive notice regarding further action on the expansion application by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216, attention Brian Dearth, or by email to epa.dmwmcomments@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends on June 5.

The draft permit is available for review 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. 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.

 
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