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Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting About Campbell’s Wastewater Discharge Permit

Virtual Public Information Session and Hearing Oct. 13

Ohio EPA is considering a request to add a new wastewater discharge location for the Campbell Soup plant in Napoleon and incorporate the outfall and discharge limits into a wastewater discharge permit renewal for the facility. 

A virtual public meeting about the request will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. It will begin with the Agency giving a short presentation on 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 draft renewal. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance of the meeting.

If approved, the renewed permit would include a new discharge location that will be used by the facility’s water treatment plant. Currently, the plant has five permitted treated wastewater outfalls to the Maumee River. Sources of discharge include the wastewater treatment plant, spray field treatment, and storm water.

If approved, the new discharge from the water treatment plant may result in a change from current water quality conditions of the Maumee River, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. The draft renewal permit, including the proposed new outfall, includes limits to protect water quality standards.

Ohio EPA currently is accepting public comments about the proposed rules until 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. Written comments can be submitted during the virtual hearing or emailed to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. Please include the permit name or number (ID# 2IH00021) 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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