9/11/13
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Ohio EPA to Hold Hearing On Draft Air Permit for Franklin County Facility


Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Tues., Sept. 24, 2013, at 6 p.m. about a draft air permit that would allow Closed Loop Glass Solutions to install an electric glass furnace. The furnace would melt several types of crushed glass to produce recycled high-quality glass. The facility is located at 1635 Watkins Rd. in Columbus. The hearing will be held at the Marion-Franklin High School Library, 1265 Koebel Rd., Columbus.

Before issuing the draft air permit-to-install, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s application to ensure that emissions would comply with federal and state air pollution control standards, laws and regulations. The draft air permit establishes emission limits to protect public health and the environment. The facility plans to implement maximum achievable control technologies and continuously monitor lead emissions.

Ohio EPA places a high priority on public involvement and encourages citizens to become involved in the decision-making process. The public can submit comments for the record about the draft air permit during the hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain additional information that will be considered before Ohio EPA issues or denies a final air permit.

Ohio EPA will equally consider written comments on the draft air permit received through Sept. 26, 2013. Interested parties can send comments to Barbara Walker at barbara.walker@epa.ohio.gov or Ohio EPA Central District Office, 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Interested parties also may write to this address for more information.

The draft air permit is available online. Also, arrangements can be made to review and/or copy the permit and related material at the above address by first calling (614) 728-3778.

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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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.

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