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To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946


Meeting Set for Water Quality Impacts from U.S. 20A Construction

Meeting to be Held Jan. 10, 2019

Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at a public hearing for a water quality certification related to a proposed construction project on U.S. 20A in western Lucas County. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in the Swanton Village Meeting Room, 219 Chestnut St.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning to construct two roundabouts where U.S 20A intersects with Route 295 and Township Road 117. The project also includes construction of a connector road between Air Cargo Road (County Road 2470) and Berkey Southern Road. The project is intended to improve intermodal transportation infrastructure to support economic development around the Toledo Express Airport and reduce congestion around the proposed airport industrial park project.

If the water quality certification is approved, the project would result in impacts to seven moderate- and high-quality wetlands and one stream. The proposed degradation of water quality would be offset through appropriate mitigation. 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 Jan. 17, 2019. Comments should be emailed to or mailed to EPA-DSW, Attention Permits Processing unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.


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.