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Public Hearing to Discuss Lorain County Landfill’s Draft Expansion Permit
Public Meeting Scheduled Feb. 22
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2018, to discuss a proposed expansion and two variances for the Lorain County Landfill II. The meeting will be at New Russia Township Lodge, Cedar East Room, 46300 Butternut Ridge Road, Oberlin.
The municipal solid waste landfill is located at 43502 Oberlin-Elyria Road, Oberlin. If approved, the expansion would increase landfill capacity by 9.5 million cubic yards, for a total of approximately 61 million cubic yards. At anticipated average daily waste receipts, the landfill would have 18.6 years of space. Currently, the landfill receives approximately 4,000 tons of waste per day.
The expansion application includes requests for variance from two applicable rules. One variance would waive the minimum isolation distance from the uppermost aquifer system. Rules require at least 15 feet of distance above the aquifer. If approved, approximately 1.22 acres of the total 279 acres of the landfill would not meet the 15-foot minimum, but would be between seven and 15 feet above the aquifer.
The second variance would waive the requirement for a previously constructed area to have a 2 percent slope requirement for the bottom liner. If the variance is approved, a 5.7-acre area would have a 1.9 percent slope.
During the information session, Ohio EPA staff will provide an overview of the permit application and will respond to questions about the proposed expansion and variances.
The public hearing will end when everyone attending has had an opportunity to comment on the record about the project. The public comment period will remain open until March 1. Anyone may submit comments and/or request to be on a mailing list to receive notice regarding further action on the expansion application by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216, attention Brian Dearth, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.