As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



4/30/20
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault
CITIZEN CONTACT: Jessica Langdon

Ohio EPA Extends Public Comment Period for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth Wastewater Discharge Permit

Agency to Continue Taking Public Comments Through May 15

The public comment period concerning a draft wastewater discharge permit and application renewal submitted by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC to discharge water into the Scioto River, Little Beaver Creek, Big Run, and the West Ditch has been extended to May 15, 2020.

After receiving requests from the community, Ohio EPA is extending the comment period an additional 16 days to provide citizens more opportunity to comment on the renewal application and draft permit. A related virtual information session and public hearing, hosted by the Agency on April 22, was recorded and is available online: http://ohioepa.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/ohioepa/recording/9e67b77ead8c4a5e8ca992c65533a05d.

If approved, the draft permit would authorize new discharges from a proposed project with the Department of Energy Piketon Gaseous Diffusion plant. Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality within the Scioto River. The draft permit includes limits and conditions to protect all water quality standards in the Scioto River.

To submit comments or receive information on the application renewal and draft permit, email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. Comments received in writing will be given equal consideration to those that were received during the virtual hearing and throughout original and extended comment periods.

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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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