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Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting to Discuss Monroeville Permit Request
A request to adjust the mercury levels allowed in the Monroeville wastewater discharge permit will be the topic of a Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, Ohio EPA public meeting. An information session will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a public hearing at the Huron River Joint Fire District station, 155 Monroe St., Monroeville.
Ohio EPA is reviewing an application from Monroeville to modify its current discharge permit to include a mercury limit based on the new data. The village completed upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant in 2013. Since the upgrade, the village has been operating the new plant and has provided monitoring data to Ohio EPA documenting the plant’s ability to meet requirements for a statewide mercury discharge variance.
If approved, the change would allow the facility to discharge mercury to the West Branch of the Huron River at levels that exceed the 1.3 parts per trillion limit required in the existing permit. Ohio EPA has evaluated the cost and feasibility of the proposal and determined that an exclusion for the mercury discharge limit can be applied to the proposed permit. In order to receive a variance from the mercury limit, the facility would be required to identify the sources of mercury and take steps to minimize the mercury releases from those sources.
The proposal may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the proposal before deciding whether to approve or deny the permit change.
Comments on the proposed permit modification may be presented at the Aug. 24 hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public comment period will end Aug. 31. Following consideration of public comments, Ohio EPA will make a decision on application approval or denial.
The proposed discharge permit and related material are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office in Bowling Green. Call (419) 352-8461 for an appointment.
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.