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Ohio EPA Requests Recognition of Improved Air Quality in Logan County;
Public Hearing to be Held Sept. 25
The State of Ohio plans to ask U.S. EPA to officially recognize that air quality in parts of Lake Township, Logan County, meets the 2008 federal lead standard.
An Ohio EPA public hearing to take comments on the proposal will be held on Sept. 25, 2013. The hearing will begin at 3:30 p.m., at the Knowlton Library, 220 N. Main St., Bellefontaine.
Air quality data from 2010-2012 show that the partial Logan County area (Lake Township) is meeting the 2008 national lead standard. When asking for redesignation, states are required to demonstrate that the metropolitan area will be able to maintain compliance with the standard for 10 years. There are no longer any lead sources in this nonattainment area, so this will enable the area to maintain air quality.
Comments on the redesignation proposal can be submitted until the close of business on Sept. 25, by email or mail to Jennifer Van Vlerah, Division of Air Pollution Control, Ohio EPA, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio, 43216-1049. The proposal is available online or by calling Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control at (614) 644-2270.
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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.