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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Camp Garfield Water Quality Certification Application

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled July 9

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the application for modification to a water quality certification related to a proposed construction project at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, modifying an existing multi-purpose gun range.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at Windham Township Hall, 9011 North Main Street, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the certification application.

The project is in Paris and Windham Townships, within the camp’s property limits. The modification would remove an 800-meter lane from the southern end of the range while adding a 1,500-meter lane to the northern portion of the range. Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality of South Fork Eagle Creek due to the construction activity. 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.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the certification application through July 16. 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, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

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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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