3/5/15
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Ohio EPA Meeting about Road Construction Project in Henry County

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015, to accept comments on a water quality certification for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s project on the State Route 109 bridge over the Maumee River in Henry County. The meeting will take place at the Liberty Center Public Library, 124 East St., Liberty Center.

ODOT is planning to replace and realign the bridge, which is located on Route 109 south of Liberty Center. The proposed plan, if approved, would impact 592 linear feet of a perennial stream, the Maumee River and 0.58 acres of a wetland.

During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the proposed plan. During the hearing, which follows the information session, the public can submit comments and questions for the record regarding the application. The impacts would not violate Ohio’s water quality standards.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the application through March 26, 2015. Anyone may submit written comments or request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or emailing epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. The application and related materials are available for review online.

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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. 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.


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