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After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.



3/16/20
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Heather Lauer

Ohio EPA to Hold Webinar Meeting about Mt. Carmel Road Gravel Quarry Discharge

Public Encouraged to Submit Comments in Writing Before April 2 Deadline

Ohio EPA will host a webinar public meeting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, about a wastewater discharge permit application from Evans Gravel, Inc. of Cincinnati. 

The meeting will be held exclusively online. During the online information session that begins at 6 p.m., individuals participating in the webinar may submit questions through the webinar application. A webinar hearing will immediately follow during which the public can submit comments through the webinar application on the record about the permit application. The webinar may be accessed through Ohio EPA’s website: https://ohioepa.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=ohioepa&service=6

The hearing is required by law. 

In addition to the webinar, the Agency is encouraging people who are interested in this permit, and who have questions, to call Ohio EPA’s Public Interest Center (614) 644-2160 and to submit comments (before April 2) in writing to the mailing address or email address below. Comments received in writing will be given equal consideration to those that are received at the hearing. 

Evans Gravel has applied for a wastewater discharge permit for an existing discharge from the gravel washing operation at the quarry, located at 4455 Mt. Carmel Road, Cincinnati. If a permit is eventually issued by Ohio EPA, it would require the company to monitor the discharge of up to 500,000 gallons per day of gravel wash water from the facility. 

Discharge permits establish monitoring criteria and other requirements on permit holders to ensure Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment are met. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the proposed permit before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit. The quarry wastewater discharges to an unnamed tributary to the Little Miami River. 

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through April 2, 2020. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit application, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

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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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