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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Lowell Wastewater Treatment Plant
Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Sept. 17, 2019
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to discuss the village of Lowell’s application for a permit-to-install for construction of an expanded wastewater treatment plant and related discharges.
An information session will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Lowell Village Offices, 308 Walnut Street, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the permit applications.
Lowell is proposing to expand the village wastewater treatment plant from a capacity of 108,000 gallons per day to 150,000 gallons per day to better serve the needs of the village.
The proposed project, if approved, may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but cannot violate Ohio’s water 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 permits. The wastewater treatment plant discharges to the Muskingum River, which is categorized as a Superior High Quality Water.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through Sept. 24, 2019. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit applications, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email email@example.com. Please ensure the project name (Lowell) or the identification number (0PB00022, 1295980) are included with each comment sent.
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.