9/14/16
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee
CITIZEN CONTACT: Darla Peelle

Ohio EPA to Hold Utopia East Pipeline Hearing in Fremont

Ohio EPA will hold an information session and public hearing on Sept. 28, 2016, regarding an application for a water quality certification from Kinder Morgan Utopia affecting a pipeline to be built in Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, Richland, Huron, Seneca, Sandusky, Wood, Henry, Lucas and Fulton counties.

The Sept. 28 meeting will begin at 6 p.m.at Ross High School Little Theatre, 1100 North Street, Fremont, during which Ohio EPA will present details and answer questions concerning an application related to a proposed pipeline and accept public comment.

Discharges from the proposed project would have a potential to affect the quality of streams and wetlands in the following watersheds: Tuscarawas, Walhonding, Mohican, Huron-Vermillion, Sandusky, Cedar-Portage, Lower Maumee and Ottawa-Stony. Copies of the application and technical support information are available for review on Ohio EPA’s website or by calling (614) 644-2001.

The proposed project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny a water quality certification.

Anyone planning to discharge, dredge or use fill material in a way that impacts waters of the state must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA reviews the project to ensure it will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.

Written comments are considered equally with oral testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments must be received by close of business Oct. 5, 2016, and should be mailed to Ohio EPA – DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit; Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or via email: epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

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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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