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Ohio EPA Meeting about Fulton County Air Quality Rating
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to take comments on the State’s plan to ask U.S. EPA to officially recognize that an area in Fulton County meets the 2008 federal air quality standard for lead.
The hearing will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Wauseon City Council Chambers, 230 Clinton St.
The proposed redesignation request covers an area in the village of Delta bordered by sections 12 and 13 of York Township and sections 7 and 18 of Swan Creek Township. The only source of lead in the area is the Bunting Bearings Corp., 200 Van Buren St.
From 2006-2009 and in 2011, an air monitor at the site consistently detected lead levels that exceeded the federal limit. Ohio EPA worked with Bunting Bearings to improve maintenance and housekeeping at the facility. Air quality data collected between 2013 and 2015 demonstrates the area is now meeting the lead standard.
When asking U.S. EPA for redesignation, states are required to demonstrate that the area will be able to maintain compliance with the lead standard for 10 years. Bunting has implemented a preventative maintenance plan and improved housekeeping. The maintenance plan and lead emission limits have been incorporated into the facility’s air pollution permit, which will ensure the area will continue to meet the standard for the next 10 years.
During the hearing, the public can submit verbal or written comments on the proposed redesignation request and maintenance plan. Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through April 10, 2017. Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Holly Kaloz, Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or emailing email@example.com.
More information on the redesignation request is available online or by calling Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control at (614) 644-2270.
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.