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Ohio EPA Meeting About Permit for Clermont County Water Plant Discharge

Public Information Session and Hearing Aug. 17

Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, regarding an application to renew the wastewater discharge permit for Clermont County’s Bob McEwen (BMW) drinking water treatment plant in Batavia.

The meeting will be held at the Clermont County Engineer’s shared meeting room, 2381 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia. An information session begins at 6 p.m. with a hearing immediately following, during which the public can submit comments on the record about the application for the discharge permit.

As part of the permit renewal, the county is requesting an increase in the discharge flow rate (up to 1.5 million gallons per day) from settling lagoons that treat filter backwash from the drinking water treatment process. The lagoons discharge to an unnamed tributary of Fourmile Creek. Fourmile Creek is a tributary of the Little Miami River. The facility is located at 3960 Greenbriar Road, Batavia.

If the renewal is approved, discharges cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment.

Participants who want handouts for the meeting should email paula.payne@epa.ohio.gov so electronic copies may be emailed on the day of the public meeting.

Ohio EPA is accepting public comments about the application until 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2022. Written comments can be submitted during the hearing, mailed to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049, or emailed to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. Please include the permit name or ID number (NPDES permit 1IV00150) in the subject line of emails. 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.