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Ohio EPA to Hold Meeting About Proposed Quarry Discharge From National Lime & Stone, Chesterville Facility
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to accept comments about a proposed discharge to the Kokosing River from the National Lime & Stone Chesterville facility in Morrow County
The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Chesterville City Office, 75 E. Sandusky St., Chesterville.
The proposed discharge would come mostly from ground water and a limited amount of rain and snowmelt gathered as a result of quarrying activities at 7250 Route 95 E., Chesterville. National Lime & Stone is requesting the permit to allow it to dewater the mining pit if necessary as it continues quarrying operations. While the quarry has existed for a number of years, it has not discharged to the river.
As with most quarries, the primary pollutant in the water to be discharged is total suspended solids (mostly from rock dust).
In addition to the hearing, written comments will be accepted until April 26, 2014. Written comments should be sent to Suzanne Matz, DSW-CDO, Ohio EPA, PO Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.
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.