Ohio EPA Considering Permit for Lake County Solid Waste Landfill Expansion

Ohio EPA has scheduled a meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2016, to discuss a draft permit for expansion of the Lake County Solid Waste Landfill. 

The information session and public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lake County Department of Utilities Learning and Business Center, 1981 Blase-Nemeth Road, Painesville.

The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning the draft expansion permit for the facility located at 2039 Blase-Nemeth Road, Painesville, operated by Winters and Lewis Excavating and Lake County.

The total acreage of the disposal facility is proposed to increase by 8.2 acres to 68.2 acres, and the disposal capacity will increase by 7.43 million cubic yards, for a total disposal capacity of over 14 million cubic yards. The proposed life expectancy of the landfill would increase to 27.4 years, if the maximum daily waste allowed were taken in at 1,474 tons per day. The actual projected landfill life expectancy would be 67.3 years, using the projected average daily waste intake of 600 tons per day. 

The facility owner has also requested a variance that would allow an exception to the requirement that the bottom liner be sloped at least 2 percent. The portions of the lined cells that fall below the 2 percent minimum would be required to maintain positive drainage, and limit leachate accumulation, as required by rule.

Comments concerning the draft permit may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, DMWM-PRMU, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Comments may also be emailed to lynn.sowers@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends April 22, 2016.

The draft permit and related materials are available for review at Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office in Twinsburg; call (330) 963-1200 to schedule an appointment. The draft permit also is available to review online at: http://edocpub.epa.ohio.gov/publicportal/ViewDocument.aspx?docid=409372.


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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