Ohio EPA Hosting Meeting about Lima Refinery Project

Ohio EPA has issued a draft air permit for equipment changes at the Lima Refining Company’s facility on South Metcalf Street. Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, to explain the draft permit modification and accept public comments. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Lima City Council chambers, 50 Town Square.

If approved, the permit would allow the company to install or modify equipment so it would have the flexibility to process various forms of crude oil. The permit limits emissions to levels that are protective of air quality and public health.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft permit through Oct. 7, 2013. Ohio EPA will take all public comments into consideration before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit.

Comments on the draft permit may be presented at the public meeting, or sent to Jeff Skebba, Division of Air Pollution Control, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402. The draft permit is available online.


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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.

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