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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Haverhill Coke Co., LLC
Hearing Scheduled Aug. 23, 2018
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the receipt of application for a Title V air permit allowing Haverhill Coke Co., LLC to continue to operate.
A hearing will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at the Green Township Volunteer Fire Department, 144 Gervais Rd., Franklin Furnace.
Haverhill Coke Co. has applied for an initial draft Title V air pollution operating permit that Ohio EPA and the Portsmouth Local Air Agency are considering. If approved, the permit will allow the company to continue with conditions of its current permit for non-recovery coke batteries, quench towers, paved roads, coal handling, storage piles and coke processing.
The proposed project cannot violate Ohio’s air quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit.
Citizens can testify only once (and for five minutes); attendees may not transfer time to others giving testimony. PowerPoint or other presentations will not be permitted as part of oral testimony. Those materials may be submitted as part of written testimony.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through Aug. 30, 2018. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or sent to: Cindy Charles of the Portsmouth Local Air Agency, 605 Washington St., Third Floor, Portsmouth, Ohio, 45662.
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.