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Ohio EPA Considers Renewal of Vickery Environmental’s Hazardous Waste Permit

Public Meeting Scheduled Nov. 17 In Person, Online


Ohio EPA has issued a draft renewal of the hazardous waste facility operating permit and an Ohio EPA-initiated permit modification for Vickery Environmental Inc., which if approved, would allow the company to continue accepting, treating, and storing hazardous wastes for disposal.


A public meeting about the proposed permit renewal will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 N. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green. Ohio EPA staff will present information about the permit and answer questions. A public hearing will immediately follow to allow the public to submit comments for the record regarding the draft permit. The public also may attend the meeting virtually by pre-registering at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3787844371759149327


Hazardous waste facility operating permits are valid for 10 years. The operating permit addresses tank treatment and storage, truck unloading, post-closure care of one closed cell, and continued corrective action. If approved, the permit would authorize the company to store up to 1.085 million gallons of waste per day and up to 126 million gallons of waste per year. If the modification is approved, it would extend the 30-year post-closure care period for the facility each time the hazardous waste permit is renewed.


The draft renewal operating permit under current consideration is separate from additional Ohio EPA permits related to underground injection activities into the facility’s four deep wells. 


The draft permit and related documents are available for review locally at the Birchard Public Library, 423 Croghan St., Fremont. The documents also are available online (click on the Sept. 23, 2022 tab), at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, (419) 352-8461; and at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, 50 West Town St., Columbus, (614) 644-2621.


Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft permit through Nov. 30, 2022. All public comments will be taken into consideration before Ohio EPA decides whether to issue or deny the permit. Written comments may be sent to Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Hazardous Waste Permitting Section, Attn: Stella Perdue, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or emailed to publiccomment@epa.ohio.gov





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.