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Ohio EPA Schedules Public Hearing For Olentangy River Construction Storm Water General Permits
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to accept comments about the proposed general permit renewal for storm water discharges from construction sites in the Olentangy River watershed on April 9, 2014.
To protect water quality in Olentangy River watershed, people who wish to operate construction sites that disturb more than an acre must apply for a storm water permit before disturbing the site. The permit contains requirements to minimize the impacts of storm water that will be discharged from construction sites. The permit also contains stream buffer requirements, with mitigation options, if disturbances within stream buffers are necessary.
The 3 p.m. hearing is at the Ohio EPA, Lazarus Government Center, conference room A, sixth floor, 50 W. Town St., Columbus. Those planning to attend should bring a photo I.D. to check in at the building’s security desk. Citizens may testify at the hearing or submit comments in writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water – Permits Processing Unit, PO Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. The public comment period ends April 11, 2014.
A copy of the draft general permit and other related documents are available for review online, and at Ohio EPA, Central District Office, by first calling Mike Joseph at (614) 752-0782.
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.