PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss
Ohio EPA Seeks Input on Proposed Belmont County Cracker Plant
Hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. September 15, 2016
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to present information and accept comments on three applications related to a proposed petrochemical production plant that would be located at Old Route 7 and Ferry Landing Road (Hwy. 2), Shadyside.
The information session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 and will be held at Shadyside High School, 3890 Lincoln Ave. The public hearing will immediately follow.
Two wastewater discharge permit applications from PTTGC America LLC have been submitted to Ohio EPA and are being reviewed by the Agency. The applicant has indicated it will select one of the options to develop. Additionally, one Section 401 water quality certification application from West Virginia Excavating has been submitted with one preferred alternative and two minimal degradation alternatives for review. During the hearing, the public may present testimony concerning:
- Discharge limits proposed in application number one which would allow discharges to the Ohio River and Big Run;
- Discharge limits proposed in application number two which would allow discharges to the Ohio River and Lockwood Run; and
- Permission to impact wetlands, streams and ponds.
Specific information about the applications and proposed limits is available by contacting the Public Interest Center at (614) 644-2160. Applications and supporting documents also may be viewed at the Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 Front St., Logan. Call for an appointment: (740) 385-8501.
Ohio EPA values public input. Comments will be accepted both orally and in writing at the hearing and may be submitted through Sept. 22. Written comments may be emailed to: email@example.com or by mail to Ohio EPA-DSW Permits Processing, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.
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.