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Ohio EPA to Hold Meeting About Franklin County Quarry Discharge
Ohio EPA will hold an information session and public hearing on Oct. 16, 2012, at 6 p.m. to discuss water quality impacts of potential discharges from Marble Cliff Quarry (2650 Old Dublin Rd., Hilliard) into the Scioto River. The meeting will be held at the Hilliard City Council Chambers, 3800 Municipal Way in Hilliard.
Ohio EPA is reviewing a wastewater discharge permit renewal application from Shelly Materials Inc. of Thornville. The project would allow Shelly to increase the potential maximum pumping capacity from 3 to 7.2 million gallons per day at its active outfall. This requested rate would enable the quarry to be dewatered, if necessary, as part of normal business operations.
The increase in the discharge flow would increase the amount of regulated pollutants discharged into the Scioto River between Indian Run and the confluence with the Olentangy River.The Agency’s review of the application is to ensure that discharges would comply with Ohio's water quality standards that protect aquatic life and human health.
Ohio EPA places a high priority on public involvement and encourages citizens to become involved in the decision-making process. During the information session, representatives from Ohio EPA will explain the application and answer questions. During the hearing, which immediately follows the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the application. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain additional information that will be considered before Ohio EPA issues or denies the permit.
In addition to oral comments provided at the public meeting, Ohio EPA will equally consider written comments received through Oct. 26 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ohio EPA-Division of Surface Water, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Interested parties may request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to the same address. The permit applications and related materials are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office at 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, in Columbus by first calling (614) 728-3778.