PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER: (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Strouse
CITIZEN CONTACT: Amber Finkelstein
Ohio EPA to Hold Hearing About North Central Outerbelt Project Near Worthington
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2013, regarding the water quality impacts of an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) project at I-270 between State Route (SR) 315 and U.S. Route 23 in Columbus and Worthington. The meeting will be held at the Worthington Community Center Meeting Room, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd.
At the meeting, representatives from Ohio EPA will explain the proposed project 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 certification.
In addition to oral comments provided at the public meeting, Ohio EPA will accept and equally consider written comments received through Dec. 10, 2013. Written comments can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Ohio EPA-Division of Surface Water, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.
Interested parties also may request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to the same address. The application and other related materials are available for review online at Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, Columbus by first calling (614) 644-2001 and Ohio EPA’s Central District Office at the same address 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. 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.