12/17/20
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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for American Transmission Systems Application

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Jan. 7

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, to discuss an application for a water quality certification for American Transmission Systems in Portage County.  

The virtual public meeting begins at 6 p.m. with the Agency giving a short presentation about the application and answering questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow, during which the public may submit written comments on the record about the application. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance for the meeting.

The application proposes to replace approximately four miles of an existing transmission line, which is located in a maintained right of way. The application was submitted by American Transmission Systems, Inc., doing business as First Energy. The proposed project will start at the West Ravenna Substation off Powder Mill Road and end at the Ravenna Substation.

Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality to the watersheds of Breakneck Creek, Wahoo Ditch, and Hommon Avenue Ditch. Proposed degradation of water quality would be offset through appropriate mitigation. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the certification.

Comments may be submitted during the virtual public hearing, or emailed to the attention of Todd Surrena at epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. All comments received at the virtual hearing or via email by close of business Jan. 17, will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal. 

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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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