Ohio EPA issued an air permit-to-install today to Intel, which allows the company to install equipment and initially operate up to four semiconductor manufacturing facilities in two buildings in Licking County.
The facility is required to use state-of-the-art controls as included in the permit to ensure that the area will continue to comply with federal air quality standards after it is operating. To ensure air quality standards would be met, air modeling that is required by Ohio law was performed by Intel’s consultant, and verified by Ohio EPA, that showed emission levels in the permit would not cause or contribute to an exceedance of any national air quality standard. The analysis shows that no adverse health or welfare effects would be expected from air emissions at this facility.
Ohio EPA evaluated the draft permit to ensure it would comply with federal and state standards, laws, and regulations before the final issuance. In August, Ohio EPA held a public information session and hearing about the project. Ohio EPA reviewed and considered public comments received at the meeting and throughout the public comment period.
The final permit and the response to comments document are available on Ohio EPA’s website.
Issuance of final permits can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; therefore, anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.
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.