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Ohio EPA Accepting Comments on General Permits for Ohio Department of Transportation Projects
Hearing Scheduled June 12, 2019
Ohio EPA is accepting comments regarding a renewal of a draft statewide general permit for road construction and repair.
An information session and public hearing will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the Summer Conference Room at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification to register at the security desk.
To alter stream banks, streambeds or wetlands in Ohio, individuals or organizations must receive authorization from Ohio EPA. To receive authorization, applicants must explain why their action will not harm the environment or, if an area is negatively affected, detail how those changes will be mitigated.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation, has requested that Ohio EPA combine road construction, maintenance and bank stabilization into one certification for the upcoming renewal. Combining permits into one certification is allowed if activities are substantially similar in nature and cause only minimal environmental impacts. If approved, the permit would offer coverage for five years.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft permit through June 15. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or sent to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.