Ohio EPA Issues Permit for Licking County Isolated Wetlands
Ohio EPA issued an isolated wetlands permit today for a project to construct semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Licking County. The application for the permit was submitted by MBJ Holdings, LLC.
Discharges from the activity will impact approximately 10 acres of isolated wetlands. MBJ Holdings, LLC will offset these impacts with more than 20 acres of wetland mitigation.
Before issuing the permit as final, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s application to ensure it would comply with state standards, laws, and regulations. Ohio EPA also held a public information session and hearing about the project in May 2022 in New Albany. Ohio EPA reviewed and considered public comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period.
The final permit and response to comments document are available on Ohio EPA’s website: https://edocpub.epa.ohio.gov/publicportal/ViewDocument.aspx?docid=1854739.
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.