12/17/20
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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Chagrin Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant Variance

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Jan. 6 

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, about a mercury variance permit modification for the discharge from the Chagrin Falls Meadow Lane Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Chagrin River. 

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 mercury variance was submitted as part of a permit modification from the village of Chagrin Falls, which is proposing to allow the wastewater treatment plant to exceed the 30-day average water quality-based effluent limit while complying with the annual average mercury concentration limit as set forth in the Ohio’s rules.

Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality to the Chagrin River, a direct tributary to Lake Erie. 

Written comments may be submitted during the virtual public hearing or emailed to the attention of Division of Surface Water – Permits Processing Unit at epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. All comments received at the virtual hearing or via email by close of business Jan. 13 will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal. All emailed comments should include “3PD00038” in the subject line.

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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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