8/2/21
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Ohio EPA Meeting About Wastewater Permit for Woodville Quarry

Public Information Session and Hearing Aug. 16

Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, regarding an application to renew a wastewater discharge permit for the Area Aggregates/Olen Corp. Woodville Quarry.

The meeting will be held at Woodmore High School, 633 Fremont St., Elmore. An information session begins at 6 p.m. with a hearing immediately following, during which the public can submit comments on the record about the application for the discharge permit. Attendees are expected to follow the rules of the building which may have mask/distancing requirements.

As part of the permit renewal, the company is requesting an increase in the discharge flow rate up to 1.5 million gallons per day from the quarry, which is located at 659 County Road 32, Woodville. Specifically, the increase would apply to an outfall that discharges quarry dewatering water. The discharge consists of stormwater and ground water collected in the south sedimentation pond. The pond discharges to Nuhfer Ditch, then to Sugar Creek.

If the renewal is approved, the discharge may result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality conditions of the Sugar Creek. However, discharges cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Two other outfalls from the quarry discharge to an unnamed tributary of the Portage River. No increase is being requested from these outfalls. 

Participants who want handouts for the meeting should email heather.lauer@epa.ohio.gov so electronic copies may be emailed on the day of the public meeting.

Ohio EPA is accepting public comments about the application until 5 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2021. Written comments can be submitted during the hearing or emailed to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. Please include the permit name in the subject line of emails.

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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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