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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Plain City Wastewater Treatment Plant Proposal

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Oct.19

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed expansion of the Plain City wastewater treatment plant in Madison County. 

An information session will begin at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Jonathan Alder High School, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the wastewater discharge application. Participants who want handouts for the meeting should email Paula.Payne@epa.ohio.gov so electronic copies may be emailed on the day of the public meeting.

If approved, Plain City would be authorized to increase the average flow of the wastewater treatment plant from 0.75 million gallons per day to 1.5 million gallons per day. This expansion would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality in the Big Darby Creek. However, discharges 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 expansion.

Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the application, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. (Include the project name with each comment.) All comments received at the hearing or via mail by close of business Oct. 26 will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal.

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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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