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Ohio EPA Meeting to Focus on Stream Impacts Related to Warren County Water Main

Potential stream impacts associated with a proposed water line project along the Little Miami River near the intersection of state route 48 and the Little Miami River, south of Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road, will be the focus of a Feb. 12, 2013, Ohio EPA public meeting. The information session and public hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the village of South Lebanon Administration Building, Council Chambers, 99 N. High St., South Lebanon.

The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning an application from the Warren County Commissioners to construct the approximately 5,800-foot-long, 24-inch water line.

The commissioners are requesting to impact five streams. All crossings would use open-cut construction techniques during the time streams are at low or zero flow. 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 Little Miami River, 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, submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or emailed to dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends Feb. 19, 2013.

The application and related materials are available for review 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. 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.


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