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12/2/16
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Ohio EPA Hosting Meeting to Discuss Draft Permit for Apex Sanitary Landfill Proposed Expansion

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, regarding the Apex Sanitary Landfill located in Jefferson and Harrison counties. The information session will be immediately followed by a public hearing and will take place at VFW Post 232, 412 Liberty St., Amsterdam.

The municipal solid waste landfill is located at 11 County Road 78, Amsterdam, and is owned and operated by Apex Environmental LLC (Apex), which is a subsidiary of the Prophet Equity Group.

During the meeting, Ohio EPA staff will explain the permitting process and provide an overview of the permit application. The Agency also will respond to questions about the proposed lateral and vertical expansions and the proposed increase to the authorized maximum daily waste receipt (AMDWR).

Apex proposes to increase the landfill’s capacity by 61.1 million cubic yards within an additional 171 acres. If the application is approved, the landfill would have a total capacity of 83.6 million cubic yards within 288.5 acres. Approximately 15.2 million cubic yards of capacity has already been filled within the developed 99.2 acres of the currently permitted 117.5 acres.

The landfill is currently permitted to accept 7,500 tons of waste per day. Apex seeks to increase the AMDWR to 10,000 tons. In 2015, the landfill’s average daily waste receipt was 1,877 tons. Since waste delivery by rail resumed in April 2016, the landfill’s daily waste receipt has averaged 3,694 tons. 

Anyone may submit comments and/or request to be on a mailing list to receive notice regarding further action on the proposed permit-to-install application and draft permit by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, Administrative Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. To be considered as part of the public record, comments must be received by Dec. 20, 2016.

Materials related to this expansion request are available for review online and at the Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 E. Front St., Logan by calling (740) 385-8501 to make an appointment, or at the Jefferson County General Health District, 500 Market St., 7th Floor, Steubenville by calling (740) 283-8530 to make an appointment.

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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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