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Ohio EPA Issues Permit for Enterprise Park
Ohio EPA issued final certification today to North Eastwood, LLC’s Enterprise Park project for a 100-acre medical campus in Howland Township, Trumbull County.
The certification is a required component of an application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which would allow the discharge of dredged or fill material into streams and wetlands during the construction phase of the project. Discharges from the project will impact wetlands and streams within the Lower Mosquito Creek watershed. To offset these impacts, North Eastwood, LLC will preserve approximately 27 acres of forested Category 2 and 3 wetlands and more than 5,000 linear feet of streams on the site, and purchase stream and wetland mitigation credits in other areas.
Before issuing the permit as final, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s application to ensure it would comply with federal and state standards, laws and regulations. The Agency also held a public information session and hearing about the project in December 2018 at Howland High School. The Agency reviewed and considered public comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period.
The final permits and the response to comments document are available online at: http://edocpub.epa.ohio.gov/publicportal/ViewDocument.aspx?docid=1085692.
Issuance of final permits can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; therefore, anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.
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.