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Ohio EPA to Hold Third Meeting to Discuss Permit for CCU Coal and Construction LLC

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled for October 7, 2019

Ohio EPA will hold a third public meeting to discuss a draft wastewater discharge permit for CCU Coal and Construction’s Johnson Run Mine for a new surface coal mine in Athens County. 

An information session will begin at 6 p.m., October 7, 2019, at Burr Oak State Park Lodge, 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Road, Glouster, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the draft permit.

During the meeting, Ohio EPA will discuss the draft permit and the Agency’s review of comments received during the two previous public comment periods. The draft permit, if approved, would allow the discharge from treatment ponds that collect water from the mine and storm water runoff from the mine area, spoil piles, topsoil piles, haul road and non-paved parking areas. Discharges from the project, if approved, may result in a change from current water quality conditions but would not be authorized to violate any of Ohio’s water quality standards. 

Based on Ohio EPA’s review of the previously public noticed draft permit and public comments received, the Agency added requirements for monitoring and reporting of upstream and downstream stream levels and for pond operation, maintenance, inspection and monitoring.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through October 14, 2019. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit application, email scott.foster@epa.ohio.gov or epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov or mail: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or Ohio EPA, Southeast District Office, 2195 Front Street, Logan, Ohio 43138. (Include the name Johnson Run Mine and NPDES number OIL00168*AD and/or Public Notice number 19-08-033 on any correspondence.)

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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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