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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Pleasant Valley Road Bridge Replacement Projects

Information Session and Public Hearing Scheduled Aug. 9

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to on Aug. 9, 2022, to discuss the application for a water quality certification for three bridge replacement projects on Pleasant Valley Road in Cuyahoga County.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, at the Valley View Town Hall, 6848 Hathaway Road, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the water quality certification application. Participants who want handouts for the August 9 information session should email Paula.Payne@epa.ohio.gov so electronic copies may be emailed on the day of the public meeting.

If approved, discharges from the activity would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality of 10 wetlands and five streams within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Proposed degradation of water quality would be offset through appropriate mitigation by purchasing stream mitigation credits from the Nature Conservancy’s approved In-Lieu Fee program. However, any discharges from the activity cannot violate Ohio EPA’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the certification.

Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. (Include the Ohio EPA identification number (OEPA 227908) with each comment or physical page of correspondence.) All comments received at the hearing or via mail or email by close of business August 16, will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal. 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.