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Ohio EPA Meeting to Focus on Route 523 Project in Sandusky County
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2016, to accept comments on a water quality certification for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s road project in Sandusky County. The meeting will take place at Gibsonburg Village Offices, 526 Webster St., Gibsonburg.
ODOT plans to widen and resurface Route 523 between Route 19 and Little Muddy Creek to improve safety and upgrade the road to current standards. The proposed activity could impact 665 linear feet of stream, one-third acre of a category 2 good quality wetland and a 0.03-acre portion of category 3 high quality wetland.
The proposed project may result in a change from the current water quality conditions but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny a permit.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the application through June 30, 2016. Anyone may submit written comments or request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216 1049, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The application and related materials are available for review online.
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.