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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Phillips Drive Bank Restoration Application 

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Sept. 29

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public hearing to take comments on an application for a water quality certification related to the proposed Phillips Drive bank restoration in Mount Vernon. 

During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, the Agency will give a short presentation on the application and answer questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow, during which the public can submit comments on the record about the application. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance for the meeting.

The application proposes to stabilize and restore a portion of the left descending bank of the Kokosing River along Phillips Drive. If approved, discharges from the activity would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality of the Kokosing 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 Bonita Dennis at epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov, or via mail to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. All comments received at the virtual hearing or via mail by close of business Oct. 6, 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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