9/21/18
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Ohio EPA Issues Permit for Wayne County Biosolids Storage Pond

Ohio EPA issued a final permit-to-install today for the Wiles Storage Pond. The permit allows Buckeye Biogas, LLC, to build a 9.2-million-gallon storage pond in Canaan Township to store anaerobically digested biosolids from the company’s Wooster facility.

The storage pond will be constructed on the Wiles Farm located east of the intersection of Friendsville and East Pleasant Home Road. The treated biosolids will be stored and later land applied at Ohio EPA-approved sites.

Ohio EPA hosted a public meeting and accepted public comments about the permit application in April. After additional Ohio EPA review and to address public concerns, the pond’s design was improved and additional requirements added to the final permit. These include:

  • constructing an 18-inch thick recompacted clay liner topped by six inches of soil cover;
  • developing a ground water monitoring program and installing a ground water monitoring network;
  • requiring all biosolids to be treated to Class B biosolids standards before leaving Buckeye Biogas;
  • monitoring for volatile solids content at the Buckeye Biogas digester to demonstrate sufficient treatment is provided to better control odors before the material is transferred to the storage pond;
  • prohibiting the generation of nuisance odors and requiring a company response if nuisance odors occur; and
  • developing an operational plan to ensure that adequate storage volume is provided during the winter and spring when weather conditions typically prevent land application.

The final permit and written response to public comments are available online.

Issuance of final permits 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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