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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Buckeye Xpress Project
Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Dec. 18
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the application for a water quality certification submitted by Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, for a pipeline project in Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, and Lawrence counties.
An information session will begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at Jackson City Middle School, 21 Tropic St., immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the certification application.
The proposed project involves the construction of approximately 66 miles of new natural gas pipeline, decommissioning of approximately 61 miles of aging pipeline, and the installation of a new lateral pipeline. Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality within the Raccoon-Symmes, Little Scioto-Tygarts and Lower Scioto watersheds. Proposed degradation of water quality would be offset through appropriate mitigation.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the certification application through Dec. 26. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the application, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.