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Meeting Set for Water Quality Impacts from Ohio Turnpike Project

Meeting to Be Held Nov. 21 for Toll Booth Construction

Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at a public hearing for a water quality certification related to a proposed toll booth construction project on the Ohio Turnpike in Williams County. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in the Edon Community Building, 320 Parkway St.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission is planning to modernize the Westgate Toll Plaza located between County Road 4 and County Road 5. The existing toll plaza will remain open during construction.

If the water quality certification is approved, the project would result in impacts to two high quality and one low quality wetlands and one stream. Mitigation for the wetland impacts would be onsite. Mitigation for the stream impact will be purchased through The Nature Conservancy’s Ohio in-lieu fee program. The proposed project cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny a permit. The application and technical support documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website.

Ohio EPA values comments from the public and will accept written comments about the certification until Nov. 29, 2019. Comments should be emailed to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov or mailed to EPA-DSW, Attention Permits Processing unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

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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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