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Ohio EPA Holds Hearing for Stream Impacts Due to Route 62/I-71 Interchange Project
Potential impacts from ramp reconstruction at the Route 62/I-71 Interchange near Grove City will be the focus of a Sept. 25, 2017, Ohio EPA public information session and hearing.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Pleasant Township Fire Hall, 5373 Norton Road, Grove City. It will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and submit comments concerning the application from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The proposed project is located along Interstate 71 between the Franklin and Pickaway county line and State Route 665. Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in lowering the water quality of 12 streams, including Big Darby Creek which is designated a National Scenic River and three jurisdictional wetlands. To make up for wetland impacts, ODOT would purchase wetland mitigation credits toward the Little Scioto Wetland Mitigation Bank. Impacts to streams would be mitigated by deducting stream credits for ODOT’s preserved pool of stream mitigation areas.
Anyone planning to discharge, dredge or use fill material in a way that impacts waters of the state must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA reviews the project to ensure it will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.
The proposed project may result in a change of 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 project before deciding whether to issue or deny a water quality certification. The application and related material are available for review online at epa.ohio.gov/dsw/401/permitting.aspx, or by calling (614) 644-2001.
Comments on the application may be offered at the hearing or submitted in writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. The public comment period for the application ends October 2, 2017.
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.