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Ohio EPA Seeking Public Comments on United Initiators, Inc. Draft Renewal Permit

Public Meeting Scheduled Feb. 11 in Elyria

The draft renewal of the hazardous waste permit for daily operations at United Initiators, Inc. will be the subject of an upcoming Ohio EPA public information session and hearing.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in the Elyria Public Library West River Branch, 1194 W. River Rd. North.

During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the draft permit and answer questions. During the hearing, which will immediately follow the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the draft renewal permit. If approved, the permit would allow the facility to continue treating hazardous waste in a boiler for energy recovery and would be valid for 10 years.

United Initiators, Inc., located at 555 Garden St., Elyria, manufactures and markets organic peroxides and is a supplier of polymers to the North American market.

The draft permit renewal can be viewed online or at Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office, 2110 E. Aurora Rd., Twinsburg. For an appointment, call (330) 963-1200. The draft permit is available at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, 50 W. Town St., Columbus. For an appointment, call (614) 644-2429. The draft permit also can be viewed at the Elyria Public Library West River Branch, 1194 W. River Rd. North.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted at the hearing or may be emailed to chloe.mercier@epa.ohio.gov, or mailed to Ohio EPA Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Attention Chloe Mercier, DERR, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 22, 2019. A fact sheet about the draft permit and public comment period also is available online.


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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