4/2/15
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MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
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Ohio EPA Meeting about Pierce Township Air Quality Rating

The State of Ohio plans to ask U.S. EPA to officially recognize that air quality in Pierce Township (Clermont County) meets the federal air quality standard for sulfur dioxide (SO2).

An Ohio EPA hearing to take comments on the proposal will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The hearing will begin at 3 p.m. at the Pierce Township Administration Building, 950 Locus Corner Road, Cincinnati, Clermont County.

Pierce Township is part of the Campbell County, KY-OH nonattainment area for the 2010 one-hour SO2 national ambient air quality standard.

Air quality monitoring data collected between 2012 and 2014 demonstrates the area is now meeting the standard. Ohio EPA believes the improved air quality is due to the permanent emission reductions following the shutdown of the Walter C. Beckjord power plant.

Ohio also is requesting U.S. EPA approve Ohio’s maintenance plan for this area. Ohio EPA believes the shutdown of the plant has reduced SO2 emissions enough that the area will continue meeting the standard at least 10 years into the future.

During the hearing, the public can submit oral or written comments on the proposed redesignation request and maintenance plan. Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through April 16, 2015. 

Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Erica Fetty, Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or erica.fetty@epa.ohio.gov.

More information on the redesignation request is available online or by calling Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control at (614) 644-2270.

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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. 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.


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