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Ohio EPA to Hold Hearing to Update Central Ohio Tributaries Use Designations

Hearing Scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16, 2017

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to accept comments regarding new or revised beneficial use designations for streams in the Central Ohio tributaries drainage basin. Designations being proposed for updates are in Ohio’s eastern counties and drain to the Ohio River.

The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2017, in Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Lazarus Government Center, sixth floor Conference Room A, 50 W. Town St., Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification in order to register at the security desk in the lobby upon arrival.

The proposed rules and a fact sheet explaining the rule are online at epa.ohio.gov/dsw/dswrules.aspx and at registerofohio.state.oh.us

Verbal or written comments will be accepted at the hearing. Questions about the rule package should be directed to Dan Dudley at (614) 644-2876.

Written comments also will be accepted through Feb. 16, 2017, and should be emailed to dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov or mailed to: Melinda Harris, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water – Permits Processing Unit; 50 W. Town St., Ste. 700, 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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