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Public Invited to Comment on Draft Permit Issued to RMI Titanium Company for Former Sodium Plant in Ashtabula
Ohio EPA has scheduled a Nov. 8, 2012, public meeting to discuss a draft hazardous waste permit renewal and modification issued to RMI Titanium Company for its former sodium plant located at 600 State Road in Ashtabula. The information session and public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Ashtabula Township Hall (C.D. Ray Community Room), 2718 N. Ridge Road East, Ashtabula.
If issued final, the renewal permit and modification would allow RMI to continue addressing historical contamination on the property. While much of the site has undergone corrective action, a closed landfill requires continued monitoring and maintenance.
The draft modification requires RMI to enter into an environmental covenant with Ohio EPA to restrict future use of the facility and ground water. It also requires the company to: properly maintain the landfill cap; implement a ground water monitoring plan; provide funds for long-term monitoring and maintenance; protect authorized personnel working on the property; and prevent unauthorized entry.
In 1992, RMI Titanium ceased production at the sodium plant and later removed the manufacturing buildings. The site was parceled and portions of the property were sold. The landfill, in use between 1950 and 1981, remains on the property.
Citizens may testify at the public hearing or submit comments in writing to: Ohio EPA, DMWM, attn. John Nyers, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The public comment period ends Nov. 23, 2012.
The draft permit is available for review online and at the Harbor Topky Memorial Library, 1633 Walnut Boulevard, Ashtabula.
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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.