10/24/18
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Public Comment Period Extended for Buckeye Brine Draft Permits

Ohio EPA is giving the public an additional 30 days to comment on two draft permits-to-operate for two Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells at the Buckeye Brine facility in Coshocton.

If the draft permit is approved, the injection wells would only be allowed to accept non-hazardous wastes. Approved wastes would be injected far below the lowermost source of drinking water. The injection wells are designed to prevent injected wastes from impacting underground sources of drinking water.

An information session and public hearing was held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, to accept public comments on the permit applications. Ohio EPA received several requests to extend the public comment period. The Agency is considering holding an additional public meeting before a decision is made.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through Nov. 26, 2018. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit application, email jess.stottsberry@epa.ohio.gov or mail: Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Attn: UIC Unit Supervisor, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

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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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