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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Opalocka Wastewater Treatment Plant Variance

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Dec. 15

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public meeting on Dec. 15, 2020, about an application received requesting a mercury variance for the wastewater discharge from the Opalocka Wastewater Treatment Plant to Marsh Hawk Run. 

The virtual public meeting begins at 6 p.m. with the Agency giving a short presentation about the application and answering questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow, during which the public may submit written comments on the record about the application. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance for the meeting.

The mercury variance was requested as part of the renewal application for the Opalocka wastewater treatment plant. The applicant, Geauga County, requests a variance from the 30-day average water quality-based effluent limit while complying with the annual average mercury concentration as set forth in Ohio’s rules.

Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to approve or deny the variance request.

Written comments may be submitted during the virtual public hearing or emailed to the attention of Division of Surface Water – Permits Processing Unit at epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. All comments received at the virtual hearing or via email by close of business Dec. 22 will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal. All emailed comments should include “3PH00000” in the subject line. 

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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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