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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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



3/29/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Revisions to Tiffin Wastewater Discharge Permit

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed modifications to the wastewater discharge permit and long-term control plan for the city of Tiffin.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Tiffin-Seneca Library Community Room, 77 Jefferson St. A hearing will immediately follow the information session.

The city is working to reduce discharges from combined sewer overflows (CSOs). A compliance schedule included in the wastewater treatment plant discharge permit sets milestones for completing CSO elimination projects. While surveying the sewage system, the city discovered three additional CSO outfalls. The permit modification, if approved, would add the additional CSOs to the discharge permit.

The revised permit also would extend the long-term control plan timeline for the city to finish construction to July 2040. The city expects to have most of the work completed within the first 12 years, reducing the volume of CSO discharges by 89 percent in that first phase. 

Comments may be presented at the April 12 hearing, or submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049; or by email: dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period will end April 19, 2017. Following consideration of public comments, Ohio EPA will decide on the application.

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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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