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Ohio EPA Holds Public Hearing to Discuss Ohio River Partners Hannibal Power Facility
Ohio EPA is accepting public comments at an Oct. 25, 2017 public meeting on a draft permit for a combined-cycle electrical generating facility to be located in Hannibal, Monroe County. The Hannibal Power facility would be located on 43840 State Route 7, Hannibal.
The Oct. 25 public information session and hearing begins at 6 p.m. at River High School, 52558 River High School Road, Hannibal, during which the public can submit comments for the record concerning the draft permit.
The permit would allow the installation of a 485-megawatt combined-cycle electrical generating facility that will use a combustion turbine with a heat recovery steam generator and duct burners, auxiliary boiler, emergency diesel generator engine, emergency fire pump engine and an eight-cell mechanical, draft, low-mist, wet, cooling tower. The new facility is classified as a major stationary source. The cumulative air quality analysis predicted potential impacts for nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Additional modeling was conducted for these pollutants to demonstrate that local air quality will be protected.
If the permit is approved, the total maximum air emissions would not be allowed to exceed levels that protect public health and the environment. Ohio EPA does not have regulatory authority over issues such as siting, eminent domain, setbacks to homes, schools, businesses, noise levels, traffic, zoning or property value effects.
Interested parties may access complete instructions for reviewing the draft permit online and can request information at: http://epa.ohio.gov/dapc/permitsonline.aspx, by entering the permit number P0122829. Written comments are considered the same as oral testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments must be received by the close of business on Oct. 30, 2017. They can be mailed to Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, Emily Deshaies, 2195 East Front Street, Logan, Ohio 43138, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.