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Ohio EPA Issues Final Air Permit for Franklin County Facility

Ohio EPA has issued a final air permit to Closed Loop Glass Solutions to install an electric glass furnace at 1635 Watkins Rd. in Columbus. The furnace would melt several types of crushed glass to produce recycled high-quality glass.

Ohio EPA held a public hearing on Sept. 24, 2013, about the draft air permit-to-install and accepted public comments through Sept. 26. The purpose of the hearing and public comment period was to obtain additional information that was considered before Ohio EPA issued the final air permit.

Before issuing the permit, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s application to ensure that emissions would comply with federal and state air pollution control standards, laws and regulations. The permit establishes emission limits to protect public health and the environment. The facility plans to implement maximum achievable control technologies and continuously monitor lead emissions.

The final air permit is available online. Also, arrangements can be made to review and/or copy the permit and related material at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, by first calling (614) 728-3778.

Issuance of the permit can be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing the final action; therefore, Ohio EPA recommends that anyone wishing to file an appeal 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.