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5/26/16
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee
CITIZEN CONTACTS: Mike Settles or Darla Peelle

Ohio EPA to Hold Public Meetings, Receive Comments Concerning Draft Air Permits for Proposed ‘Rover Pipeline Compressor Stations’

Ohio EPA will hold five public information sessions/hearings regarding seven draft air permits related to the installation and operation of compressor stations in Carroll, Crawford, Defiance, Harrison, Monroe, Noble and Wayne counties. The compressor stations are intended to facilitate delivery of natural gas along the proposed Rover pipeline.

The compressor station locations, along with their respective public meeting dates (and locations) are as follows:

Rover Clarington in Beallsville (Monroe Co.) and Rover Seneca in Summerfield (Noble Co.)
June 14, 6 p.m., Monroe Central High School, 469 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield

Rover Mainline CS3 in Chatfield Township (Crawford Co.
June 15, 6 p.m., Buckeye Central High School, 938 S. Kibler St., New Washington

Rover Mainline CS2 in Wooster (Wayne Co.)
June 16, 6 p.m., OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster

Rover Cadiz in Cadiz (Harrison Co.) and Rover Mainline CS1 in Sherrodsville (Carroll Co.)
June 21, 6 p.m., Harrison North Elementary Barr Memorial Gymnasium, 322 W. Main St., Scio

Rover Defiance in Defiance (Defiance Co.)
June 22, 6 p.m., Defiance College Schomburg Auditorium, 701 North Clinton St., Defiance

Citizens may testify at the public hearings or submit comments in writing to Ohio EPA prior to the close of the public comment periods. Copies of the draft permits and information on how to submit comments (including deadlines) are available online at http://epa.ohio.gov/pic/roverpipeline.aspx or by contacting Ohio EPA’s Public Interest Center at (614) 644-2160.

If issued final, the permits would allow the installation and operation of equipment associated with the compressor stations, which produce air emissions. Before issuing the draft permits, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s applications to ensure that the proposed emissions would comply with federal and state air pollution control standards, and protect human health and the environment.

Ohio EPA does not have regulatory authority over issues such as: siting; eminent domain; setbacks to homes, schools and businesses; noise levels; traffic; zoning; pipeline safety; or impacts on property values. An Ohio EPA factsheet detailing the Agency’s role in issuing air permits and considerations related to natural gas compressor station emissions can be viewed online at: http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/nr/CompressorStations.pdf.

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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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