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Ohio EPA Issues Water Quality Certification for Lordstown Battery Cell Plant
Ohio EPA has issued a water quality certification to General Motors LLC for the Lordstown Battery Cell Plant. The proposed facility will manufacture battery cells for electric vehicles.
The Water Quality Certification is a required component of an application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which would allow stream and wetland filling for construction in the Mud Creek Watershed within the Mahoning Watershed. Proposed degradation of water quality will be offset through a mitigation plan which has been reviewed by the Agency and tailored to ensure long-term protection for the wetland restoration project.
The Agency considered all comments submitted by the public before issuing the certification. The comments received during the public comment period primarily were related to water quality, wetland impacts, mitigation, and storm water. A copy of the certification along with the agency’s response to public comments are available online.
Issuance of the water quality certification can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.
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.