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Public Meeting to Discuss Rumpke Landfill’s Proposed Expansion

Information Session, Hearing Scheduled for April 2 

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on April 2, 2019, to discuss a proposed expansion of Rumpke Waste & Recycling’s Hughes Road Landfill that, if approved, would bring the landfill’s footprint to 939 acres.  The information session will be at the Colerain Township Community Center, 4300 Springdale Road, Cincinnati.

Rumpke owns the municipal solid waste landfill located at 10795 Hughes Road, Cincinnati, and is the applicant for the expansion. Four draft permits will be discussed at the public meeting – the solid waste landfill expansion permit, an associated wastewater discharge permit and two air permits.

During the information session, Ohio EPA staff will explain the permitting processes and provide an overview of the draft landfill expansion and wastewater discharge permits. Staff from the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency will discuss the two draft air pollution permits. The agencies will respond to questions about the proposed actions. Anyone may submit questions in advance by emailing Heather Lauer at heather.lauer@epa.ohio.gov.

A hearing will immediately follow during which the public can submit comments for the record concerning the draft permits. The public also can submit written comments about the permits. All comments must be received by April 9. The draft permits and the address to submit comments are detailed below.

Landfill expansion draft permit:

The proposed expansion includes both a lateral and vertical expansion. The proposal would expand the landfill to the east, adding approximately 240-acres, or 105 million cubic yards of space. The landfill is approved to accept up to 12,500 tons of waste per day. If approved, the expansion would add approximately 25 years of capacity to the landfill, depending on the amount of waste received, increasing the overall lifespan to about 30 years. The expansion application is available online.

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, OH 43216, or by email to epa.dmwmcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

Wastewater discharge draft permit modification:

A modification to the existing wastewater discharge permit is being considered to allow the company to replace an existing storm water outfall with a sedimentation pond to collect, treat and discharge storm water. The pond would discharge to Banklick Creek which flows into the Great Miami River. The proposed permit modification is available online.

To submit comments about the proposed wastewater discharge permit, write to Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049, or by email to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

Air pollution draft permits:

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is considering two draft air pollution permits-to-install. The facility currently has one air pollution permit that includes emissions from the landfill, gas recovery plants and gas flares, and particulate emissions from the landfill roadways and parking areas. The proposal would replace the existing permit with two permits.

No new emission units would be installed with either of the air permits and there will be no increase in the total allowable emissions.

As part of the proposed expansion project, Rumpke requested that its permit include emissions from the landfill and facility roadways. GSF Energy Inc. submitted a permit application to include the recovery plants and flares in its draft permit.

GSF Energy Inc. operates three landfill gas recovery plants and flares at the landfill. The system recovers, processes and sells methane gas from the landfill. This draft permit is available online.

Rumpke’s draft permit includes emissions from the landfill roadways and parking areas, and fugitive emissions from the solid waste disposal and landfill gas generation. This draft permit also is available online.

Written comments about both draft air pollution permits-to-install may be submitted to Brad Miller, Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, 250 William Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Comments on all the draft permits must be received by April 9.

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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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