March 4, 2014

Ohio EPA Hosting Meeting about New Plant Proposed in Lima

Ohio EPA has issued a draft air permit-to-install-and-operate for a proposed ultra-clean synthetic crude oil plant in Lima. A public information session and hearing to explain the draft permit for Lima Energy will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Lima City Council Chambers, 50 Town Square, Lima. During the information session, staff from Ohio EPA will present information about the draft permit and answer questions. During the hearing, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the draft permit.

If approved, the permit would allow for the construction of the Lima Energy facility at 1046 South Main St., Lima. The company has requested to construct a facility that would convert petroleum coke and other solid hydrocarbon feedstock into ultra clean synthetic crude oil.

The federal Clean Air Act and its amendments regulate the type and quantity of materials that may be discharged to the air. The maximum allowable emission levels are designed to protect human health and the environment. These levels would be set in permits issued by Ohio EPA.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft permit through March 24, 2014. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. Ohio EPA will take all public comments into consideration before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit.

To comment or receive information on the draft air permit, write to Mark Barber, Division of Air Pollution Control, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, or email The application and other related materials can be made available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office by calling (419) 352-8461. The draft permit also 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. 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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