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12/27/18
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA Issues Modified Water Permit to Belmont County Ethane Cracker Plant

Today, Ohio EPA issued modifications to the wastewater discharge permit related to the proposed PTTGCA Petrochemical Complex that would be located at Old Route 7 and Ferry Landing Road (Hwy. 2), Shadyside.

“With today’s issuance of this modified permit, Ohio EPA’s environmental review of PTTGC America’s proposed ethane cracker plant is complete,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. “We have been careful to ensure this facility will not have an adverse impact on the air, water or health of the surrounding communities.”

The modifications to the wastewater discharge permit conditions will:

  • decrease the levels of pollutants to be discharged to the Ohio River;
  • change the locations where storm water, which is water that runs off impervious surfaces after rain events, will be discharged; and 
  • modify limits at an internal monitoring station that does not directly discharge to surface water.

Ohio EPA held a public information session and hearing in Belmont County on Dec. 12, 2018, and considered all comments received before making a final decision on this permit. These comments are addressed in a Response to Comments document. The final permit and the Response to Comments document are available on Ohio EPA’s website at epa.ohio.gov/Portals/35/permits/SCOSW-ONLYP18122713180.pdf.

Issuance of final permit modifications can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; therefore, anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.

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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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