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Franklin County Landfill Expansion Permit Subject of Ohio EPA Meeting
Hearing Scheduled March 19 in Grove City
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on March 19, 2018, regarding a proposed expansion of the Franklin County Landfill that, if approved, would bring the landfill’s total footprint to 333 acres. The meeting will be at Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road, Grove City.
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) owns the municipal solid waste landfill located at 3851 London Groveport Road, Grove City, and is the applicant for the expansion. The expansion application is for a 50-acre lateral and 175-foot vertical expansion.
Currently, the landfill receives approximately 4,000 tons of waste per day. If approved, the expansion would add 14-30 years of capacity to the landfill, depending on the amount of waste received, increasing the overall lifespan up to 51 years.
During the public hearing, Ohio EPA will accept comments on the record about the draft permit. Ohio EPA values public input. Anyone may submit comments and/or request to be on a mailing list to receive notice regarding further action on the expansion application by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public comment period ends on March 26.
Ohio EPA held an information session regarding the expansion application on Dec. 6, 2017. Materials related to this expansion request are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office, 50 West Town St., Columbus; call (614) 728-3778 to make an appointment.
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.