07/25/13
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Ohio EPA Hosting Meeting about Upper Sandusky Project

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, to accept comments on a proposal to stabilize the bank of the Sandusky River in Upper Sandusky. The meeting will be held at Upper Sandusky Council Chambers, 119 North 7th St.

The city plans to stabilize the river bank near the intersection of Indian Mill Road and Kimmel Court. The preferred alternative would place 1,100 cubic yards of material below the river’s ordinary high water mark. Ohio EPA also will consider alternative plans with less or no environmental impact.

During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the proposed project. During the hearing, which follows the information session, the public can submit comments and questions for the record regarding the application.

The proposed discharge would result in a change from the current water quality conditions of the Sandusky River. The public hearing is mandatory because the project would occur in a section of the river that has exceptional ecological value.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the application through Aug. 15, 2013. Anyone may submit written comments or request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216 1049, or emailing dswcomments@epa.state.oh.us. The application and related materials are available for review online or at Ohio EPA Central Office, Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, OH, by first 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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