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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Dominion Pipeline Application

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Dec. 9

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, to discuss an application for a water quality certification related to the proposed replacement of an existing natural gas pipeline.  

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 7,200 feet of existing pipeline, located in a maintained right of way. The application was submitted by The East Ohio Gas Company, doing business as Dominion Energy Ohio. The proposed project is located from 1362 West Comet Road, Franklin Township, with the southern terminus located at Fairpark Avenue, Lawrence Township, Stark County. 

Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality to the watershed of Nimisila Creek, a direct tributary to the Tuscarawas River. 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.

Written 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 Dec. 16 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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