9/14/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Mike Settles
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Schedules Public Meeting Regarding Portage County Road Reconstruction Project

Potential wetland impacts from a proposed road reconstruction project in Streetsboro will be the focus of a Sept. 28, 2017, Ohio EPA public meeting. The information session and hearing will begin at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Streetsboro City Hall, 9184 S.R. 43.

The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning an application submitted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to replace a bridge and railroad crossing, and reconstruct a portion of State Route 303 near the Portage/Summit county line. The project would correct reoccurring drainage and flooding issues in the area.

To complete the project, ODOT is requesting to impact up to one acre of high quality wetland and 1,100 linear feet of stream. Ohio EPA also will consider other alternatives resulting in lesser or no impacts to water quality.

Anyone wanting to discharge dredged or fill material to waters of the State must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA’s review is to ensure the project will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.

The proposed project may result in a change from the current water quality conditions in the Tinkers Creek watershed, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny a water quality certification.

Comments on the application may be presented at the hearing or submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA-DSW Attn: PPO, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. Comments also may be emailed to: dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends Oct. 5, 2017.

The application (Ohio EPA ID #165057) and related materials are available for review online or by calling (614) 644-2001.

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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.


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