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Ohio EPA Seeks Input on Draft Air Permit for Belmont County Cracker Plant
Hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 27, 2018; Comments Due by Dec. 11
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to present information and accept comments on a draft air permit-to-install related to the proposed PTTGCA Petrochemical Complex that would be located at Old Route 7 and Ferry Landing Road (Hwy. 2), Shadyside.
The public information session will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2018, and will be held at Shadyside High School, 3890 Lincoln Ave. The public hearing will immediately follow, during which the public can submit comments on the record concerning the draft permit.
If approved, the permit would allow construction of a 1.5 million tons-per-year ethane cracker plant. The plant would use six ethane cracking furnaces and manufacture ethylene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and greenhouse gas pollutants are expected to be emitted along with minor quantities of other pollutants. Computer modeling was conducted to ensure local air quality will be protected.
If the permit is approved, the total maximum air emissions would be limited to protect public health and the environment. Ohio EPA does not have regulatory authority over issues such as siting; eminent domain; setbacks from homes, schools or businesses; noise levels; traffic; zoning; or impacts to property values.
The permit application may be viewed online at http://epawwwextp01.epa.ohio.gov:8080/ords/epaxp/f?p=999:10 by entering permit number P0124972 or at the Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 Front St., Logan. Call for an appointment: (740) 380-5245.
Ohio EPA values public input. Comments will be accepted both verbally and in writing at the hearing and may be submitted through Dec. 11, 2018. Written comments may be sent by mail to Kimbra Reinbold, Ohio EPA, DAPC Southeast District Office, 2195 East Front Street, Logan, Ohio, 43138 or emailed to email@example.com.
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.