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Info Session to Provide Update on Proposed Wastewater Permit for Johnson Run Mine
Ohio EPA will hold an information session on Monday, May 7, 2018, to discuss a draft wastewater discharge permit for Johnson Run Mine.
The info session will begin at 6 p.m. at the Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center, 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Road, Glouster. Ohio EPA representatives will provide an update about the draft permit and will respond to comments received during the public comment period. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will also be available to provide an update on the permit it is considering and answer questions.
Johnson Run Mine is located at Section 18 and 24 of Trimble Township, Athens County. The permit applicant is Oxford Mining Company, which is proposing to surface mine 36 acres of the 300 acre site. When mining is complete, the site is proposed to be reclaimed, adhering to the national Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act best management practices. If approved, the permit would allow the surface mine to discharge to Johnson Run. The discharge would come from treatment ponds which collect runoff and ground water from the affected area.
The proposed project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but does not authorize any violation of Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit.
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.