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Ohio EPA Hearing Set for Changes to Athens-Hocking Reclamation Center Permit
Ohio EPA is considering an updated draft permit for the Athens-Hocking Reclamation Center. The proposal will be the subject of a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on April 11, 2016, in the Athens Public Library, 30 Home St., Athens.
Since 1994, the facility, located at 17970 U.S. Route 33, Nelsonville, has accepted aluminum production wastes, which includes dross, salt cake and bag house dust among other things. Since 2007, the local health department has imposed special license conditions to ensure this waste is disposed in a protective manner. Subsequent amendments to state law require the owner or operator of a landfill that continues to accept of aluminum production wastes to obtain a permit from Ohio EPA. If approved, the permit would incorporate most of the special operational and monitoring conditions established in the facility license since 2007.
Ohio EPA values public opinion and the public hearing will end when everyone in attendance has had an opportunity to testify. For people who cannot attend, or who would prefer to put their comments in writing, Ohio EPA will accept comments through April 18, 2016. Comments may be sent to EPA.DMWMComments@epa.ohio.gov or Division of Materials and Waste Management, 50 W Town St, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, Attn: Brian Dearth.
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.