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After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



2/1/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle

Ohio EPA Issues Water Quality Certification for Utopia Pipeline 

Ohio EPA has issued a Water Quality Certification for the Kinder Morgan Utopia pipeline to be built in Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, Richland, Huron, Seneca, Sandusky, Wood, Henry, Lucas and Fulton counties.

Anyone planning to discharge, dredge or use fill material in a way that results in the placement of fill into waters of the state must first obtain a permit from U.S Army Corps of Engineers which must be certified with a Water Quality Certification (commonly known as a 401) from Ohio EPA. The Agency reviewed the project to ensure it complies with Ohio’s water quality standards. Ohio EPA also held an information session and public hearing in Fremont and received and reviewed public comments on the Utopia 401 application. 

Discharges from this project have a potential to affect the quality of streams and wetlands in the following watersheds: Tuscarawas, Walhonding, Mohican, Huron-Vermillion, Sandusky, Cedar-Portage, Lower Maumee and Ottawa-Stony. Although the project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, the changes cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA considered technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue the Water Quality Certification. 

A copy of the certification along with public comments and responses may be viewed online: epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/citizen/response/Utopia401WQC154671.pdf. 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.

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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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