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Public Hearing Set for Portsmouth Bypass
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing related to water quality from an Ohio Department of Transportation project in Scioto County. The meeting is at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2014, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 1220 Gallia St., Portsmouth.
Construction of phases two and three of the Portsmouth bypass would impact waters of the state within the Lower Scioto and Little Scioto-Tygarts watersheds. The bypass would connect U.S. 23 north of Lucasville to U.S. 52 near Wheelersburg. A water quality certification is required from Ohio EPA to ensure the project won’t cause violations of state water quality standards.
Written comments are given the same weight as those presented at the hearing. Ohio EPA will accept written comments through the close of business Sept. 30, 2014. Written comments should be addressed to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. 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.