PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss
Ohio EPA Invites Public to Comment on Lane Bryant Expansion Project
A proposed development project for Lane Bryant Corporate Office and Headquarters in Columbus and its potential for impacts to isolated forested wetlands will be the focus of an Oct. 19, 2017, Ohio EPA public meeting.
The information session and public hearing will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning an application submitted by RT Easton III LLC to construct a building expansion for its corporate office and headquarters. The project would be located at 3344 Morse Crossing, Columbus.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Mifflin High School, 3245 Oak Spring St, Columbus. The public hearing will end when all interested parties have had an opportunity to present testimony related to this project.
Anyone wanting to discharge dredged or fill material to isolated wetlands must first obtain an Isolated Wetland Permit from Ohio EPA. Ohio EPA’s review is to ensure the project will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.
The proposed project may result in a change from the current water quality conditions of Alum Creek watershed, 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 the issue or deny an Isolated Wetland Permit.
Comments on the application may be presented at the hearing or submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The public comment period ends on Oct. 26, 2017. The application and related materials are available for review by calling (614) 644-2001, or on the web at www.epa.ohio.gov/401/permitting.aspx.
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.