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Ohio EPA to Hold Meeting About Proposed Pickaway County Quarry Discharge
Ohio EPA will hold an information session and public hearing on Nov. 6, 2013, at 6 p.m. to discuss potential water quality impacts to Deer Creek from Melvin Stone Company LLC’s facility at 13124 Crownover Rd. in New Holland, Perry Township. The meeting will be held at the New Holland Community Center, 215 S. Main St. in New Holland.
Ohio EPA is reviewing a wastewater discharge permit renewal application from Melvin Stone for an additional discharge outfall to accommodate the expansion of its limestone mining operations. The company indicates that discharge from the new outfall will consist only of ground water and storm water, resulting from de-watering of the quarry working area.
The Agency’s review of the application is to ensure that discharges would comply with Ohio's water quality standards that protect aquatic life and human health. Ohio EPA places a high priority on public involvement and encourages citizens to become involved in the decision-making process. During the information session, representatives from Ohio EPA will explain the application and answer questions. During the hearing, which immediately follows the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the application. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain additional information that will be considered before Ohio EPA issues or denies the permit.
In addition to oral comments provided at the public meeting, Ohio EPA will equally consider written comments received through Nov. 13 at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ohio EPA-Division of Surface Water, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Interested parties may request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to the same address. The permit applications and related materials are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Central District Office at 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, in Columbus by first calling (614) 728-3778.
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.