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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Earnhart Hill Wastewater Plant Expansion
Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Dec. 14, 2017
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the receipt of applications for a wastewater discharge permit and permit-to-install allowing Earnhart Hill Regional Water and Sewer District to expand its River Drive wastewater treatment plant.
An information session will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at the Pickaway County District Public Library-Main Branch, 1160 N. Court St., Circleville, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the permit applications.
Earnhart Hill is proposing to double the size of the current wastewater treatment plant, located at 27922 River Drive, which would allow it to treat up to 300,000 gallons per day. This would allow the facility to meet demand from future development and receive the flow currently going to the U.S. 23 wastewater treatment plant, which will be shut down.
The proposed project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit. The wastewater treatment plant discharges to the Scioto River.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through Dec. 21, 2017. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit application, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, 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.