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Meeting Set for Water Quality Impacts from New Napoleon Bridge Construction
Meeting to be Held Oct. 4
Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at a public hearing for a water quality certification related to a proposed new bridge over the Maumee River to connect State Route 110 to State Route 424 and Industrial Drive in Napoleon. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Henry County Commissioners Chambers, 1853 Oakwood Ave., Napoleon.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning to build a new bridge over the river to reduce traffic on the city’s existing bridge. The new bridge would be a second connection for the main residential, commercial and safety services area on the north side of the river with the smaller residential and commercial areas on the south side. It also would reduce industrial truck traffic on the main bridge.
If the water quality certification is approved, the project would place temporary and permanent fill material in the Maumee River and a small wetland area, which will affect water quality. The proposed project 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. The application and technical support documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website.
Ohio EPA values comments from the public and will accept written comments about the certification until Oct. 11, 2018. Comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to EPA-DSW, Attention 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.