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Ohio EPA to Accept Comments, Hold Hearing About Proposed Gavin Landfill Expansion
Ohio EPA is taking public comments on draft permits issued to American Electric Power (AEP) Generation Resources for a proposed expansion of the residual waste landfill at the General James Gavin power plant, 7397 North State Route 7 in Cheshire. The Agency will hold an information session immediately followed by a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014, in the Cheshire Village Hall at 119 State Route 554 in Cheshire.
Ohio EPA issued a draft permit to allow a vertical and lateral expansion of the existing landfill, including the installation of new treatment ponds. If the permit is approved, the facility would grow from 255 to 404 acres, and it would have an additional 45.5 million cubic yards of capacity for a total capacity of 94.2 million cubic yards. The height would increase by 112 feet and the anticipated life expectancy of the landfill would be 20.5 years.
Ohio EPA also issued a draft wastewater discharge permit to the former Ohio Power Company allowing the renewal of a permit for discharges from the existing facility and a modification to the permit for discharges from two new treatment ponds associated with the proposed landfill expansion. These ponds would discharge to Stingy Run and Turkey Run and subsequently Kyger Creek and the Ohio River.
The applications and draft permits may be viewed at Ohio EPA’s Southeast District Office, 2195 Front St., Logan, by first calling (740) 385-8501. Comments about the draft wastewater discharge and landfill permits will be considered before Ohio EPA takes final actions on those permits. Comments will be accepted at the hearing and through the close of business on Fri., Feb. 7, 2014. They should be mailed to Ohio EPA, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Specifically, comments on the draft wastewater discharge permit should be addressed to Ohio EPA-Division of Surface Water, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, and comments on the draft residual waste landfill permit should be addressed to Ohio EPA- Division of Materials and Waste Management, Attention: Processing and Records Management Unit.
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.