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Ohio EPA Considering Erie County Landfill Expansion Request
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, to accept comments on a proposed vertical expansion of the Erie County Landfill near Milan. The meeting will take place at Huron City Council Chambers, 417 Main St.
The draft permit-to-install would allow the landfill to increase capacity by 1.2 million cubic yards. If the permit is approved, the landfill would have steeper exterior slopes, but would not expand its 60.6-acre footprint. The landfill is located at 10102 Hoover Road, Milan.
The landfill’s current permit is for 6.8 million cubic yards, or another 30.5 years based on current average waste receipts. If operating at the maximum allowed 800 tons of waste per day, the landfill currently has approximately 18.5 years of capacity remaining.
If approved, the vertical expansion would bring total capacity to 8.07 million cubic yards, or 36 years based on current waste receipts.
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 draft permit.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft permit through Feb. 21, 2013. Anyone may submit written comments or request to be on a mailing list for information by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, Processing and Records Management Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. The draft permit and related materials are available for review online and at the Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402 by first calling (419) 352-8461.
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.