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Ohio EPA Proposes Construction Storm Water General Permit Renewal
Public Hearing Scheduled March 28
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, to accept public comments about renewing the general permit for storm water discharges from construction sites in Ohio.
The public hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. in Conference Room A at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification to register at the security desk.
The construction storm water general permit covers construction sites in Ohio that disturb one or more acres. The permit identifies how to obtain coverage, requires permittees to implement a storm water pollution prevention plan to minimize or eliminate the potential for contamination of storm water discharging to Ohio’s streams and lakes.
Currently, three construction general permits are available in Ohio, including separate permits with special conditions for projects in the Big Darby Creek and portions of the Olentangy River watersheds. Ohio EPA is proposing to incorporate the Big Darby and Olentangy permits as separate sections of the statewide permit.
Other noteworthy changes proposed in the renewal include a requirement to submit applications and storm water pollution prevention plans electronically using Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center and changes to post-construction requirements in order to improve capture of runoff and remove 80 percent of total suspended solids.
During the hearing, the public can submit verbal or written comments on the proposed general permit. Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through April 4. Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Attention: Division of Surface Water Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or emailing Jason.Fyffe@epa.ohio.gov. Include the permit number (OHC000005) on the envelope or email subject line.
The permit renewal and a fact sheet are available online or at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Division of Surface Water, 50 West Town St. Suite 700, Columbus, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
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.