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Ohio EPA Accepting Public Comments on Sunny Farms Landfill Air Permit Renewal

Virtual Public Meeting Set June 27

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022, to discuss and take comments on the proposed renewal of the air pollution operating permit for Sunny Farms Landfill in Seneca County.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with the Agency giving a short presentation about the permitting process and the permit renewal, then answering questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow, allowing the public to submit written comments on the record about the proposed permit renewal. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance of the hearing and should register at least 15 minutes before the meeting begins to ensure connectivity. Registration is available online at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5919924958518109711.

This operating permit, known as a Title V permit, allows Sunny Farms to continue to operate the landfill as long as the landfill complies with all of the requirements contained in the permit. The permit describes all applicable air pollution requirements that must be met by the facility and covers all of the operations at the landfill, including landfill operations, the railcar unloading building, and unpaved roadways and parking areas.

If approved, this permit would replace the existing operating air permit and has been updated to include a requirement to install sulfur controls (as required by previous director’s finding and orders and the recently issued installation permit). Installation of the sulfur controls will significantly decrease emissions from the landfill.

Title V permits are required by the federal Clean Air Act. The act and its amendments regulate the type and quantity of materials that may be discharged to the air. The maximum allowable emission levels are designed to protect human health and the environment. These levels are set in permits issued by Ohio EPA.

Note that this renewal permit does not allow the landfill to expand. Sunny Farms has indicated the company has interest in expanding the landfill; however, any consideration of future expansion will be evaluated through one or more separate permit actions. The landfill is located at 21500 West County Road 18, Fostoria.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the proposed permit renewal through July 8, 2022. Written comments may be submitted at the virtual hearing or sent to Alyse Wineland, Division of Air Pollution Control, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402, or Alyse.Wineland@epa.ohio.gov. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, visit: epa.ohio.gov/ada.

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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.