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Virtual Meeting Set June 3 about Brecksville Project
Comment Period Extended on Sherwin-Williams Application
Ohio EPA has extended the public comment deadline on a water quality certification application for the proposed construction of a new research and development (R&D) facility for the Sherwin-Williams Company in Brecksville. The extended deadline for public comments is June 14, 2021.
Additionally, a virtual public meeting about the application will be held at 6 p.m. on June 3, 2021, with the Agency giving a short presentation and answering questions from the public. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance of the meeting. Those registering will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the meeting.
Sherwin-Williams proposes building on an approximately 119-acre parcel at 10000 Brecksville Road. The project would include construction of an approximately 500,000 square foot R&D facility with a 340,000 square foot footprint, along with two office buildings of about 93,000 square feet each.
If approved, the project would result in impacts to 0.08 acres of wetlands and 1,998 linear feet of perennial stream. The project also would be on the footprint of a previously authorized project, known as the “Crowland Project.” Approximately 2.31 acres of wetlands and 350 feet of stream were previously filled as part of that project.
The proposed project cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny the water quality certification. The application and technical support documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website.
Ohio EPA is accepting written comments about the certification through June 14. Comments should be emailed 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.