2/6/20
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Ohio EPA Issues Permit for Wiles Storage Pond

Today, Ohio EPA issued a permit to allow Class A (known as Exceptional Quality biosolids) and Class B biosolids from multiple permitted facilities to be stored in the Wiles Storage Pond. 

Wiles Storage Pond is located at the intersection of Friendsville and East Pleasant Home Roads in Wooster. The stored biosolids will be used for beneficial purposes on Ohio EPA approved farm fields. 

Before issuing the permit as final, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s application to ensure it would comply with federal and state standards, laws, and regulations. The Agency held a public hearing about the project Dec. 4, 2019, at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center – Fischer Auditorium, in Wooster. The Agency reviewed and considered public comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period.

Following additional Agency reviews of the draft permit (and the public comments), changes for the final permit include:

  • Authorizing Pleasant Home Farm, LLC to dispose of biosolids from the Wiles Storage pond in a sanitary landfill or by transfer to another permit holder (only in emergency situations). 
  • Removing the exemptions to the General Conditions. All General Conditions are now applicable. 
  • Clarifying language on ground water monitoring requirements and sampling locations. 

The final permit and response to comments documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website: https://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/35/permits/3IN00404_combined.pdf?ver=2020-02-06-120637-643.

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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