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Public Hearing Set for Water Quality Impacts from Proposed New Tissue Manufacturer
Meeting to be Held Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Ohio EPA will present information and receive testimony at a public hearing for a proposed wastewater discharge from the proposed Sofidel America Corp. facility that would be located 2,500 feet south of the southeastern corner of U.S. 23 and Pittsburg Road, Pickaway Township, Pickaway County. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Pickaway County District Public Library – Main Branch, 1160 N. Court St., Circleville.
Sofidel is proposing to build a facility in Pickaway County to manufacture, package and ship paper products. If approved, the permit would allow Sofidel to discharge treated wastewater to the Scioto River and industrial storm water runoff to Scippo Creek.
The proposed project may result in a change from the current water quality conditions 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 permit.
Ohio EPA values comments from the public and will accept written comments about this permit until May 10, 2016. Comments should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or EPA-DSW, Attention Permits Processing unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43215-1049.
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.