Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting to Discuss Rerouting a Stream Channel to Lake Erie

Potential stream and wetland impacts from a proposed stream channel rerouting that would divert water in a maximum flood event will be the subject of a public meeting on March 26, 2015. The permit request comes from FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company in North Perry for the stream site at 10 Center Road, Perry, located east of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.

The information session and public hearing will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Perry Senior Center, 2800 Perry Park Road, Perry, and will conclude when all interested parties have submitted their testimony.

The company would like to reroute an existing stream channel to contain water overflow that could result from a probable maximum flood event. The new channel would route water away from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. The project also would require grading along the east and west banks of the
proposed stream to meet existing grade or creating a small berm; constructing a fill area to the southwest of the existing stream channel; straightening a section of concrete vehicle barrier; and creating a new outlet structure to Lake Erie.

To complete the project, FirstEnergy is requesting to fill 1.46 acres of non-forested wetlands, 0.55 acres of forested wetlands, 0.08 acres of non-forested good-quality wetlands, and 3.55 acres of high quality forested wetlands. Stream impacts would be made to 3,004 linear feet of intermittent stream and 206 linear feet of ephemeral stream. Impacts to Lake Erie would include placement of 885 cubic yards of material along 125 feet of shoreline, 34 feet into the lake. FirstEnergy would be required to preserve, restore or replace wetland and stream resources to mitigate any approved impacts. Ohio EPA will consider other alternatives that result in less, or no impacts to the water quality.

The application and related materials are available for review by visiting http://wwwapp.epa.state.oh.us/dsw/401Applications/PerryNPP/. Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the application through April 2, 2015. Written comments on the application may be submitted at the hearing or in writing to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.


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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