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Ohio EPA Considering Renewal of INEOS Hazardous Waste Permit

Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA have jointly issued draft renewals of the hazardous waste facility operating permit for INEOS USA Inc., which would allow the company to continue to store and treat hazardous at its Fort Amanda Road facility in Lima.

A public meeting about the draft permit renewal will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Lima City Council Chambers, 50 Town Square, Lima. Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA staff will present information about the permit and answer questions. A public hearing will follow to allow the public to submit comments for the record regarding the draft permit.

Hazardous waste facility operating permits are valid for 10 years. The operating permit addresses tank storage and treatment and any post-closure care and corrective action activities. The permit would authorize the company to store about 2.5 million gallons of waste in various containers and tanks. After treatment, the company injects the waste into deep wells regulated by a separate Ohio EPA permit.

U.S. EPA’s permit addresses organic air emissions from the hazardous waste storage units. The draft federal permit was issued concurrently with Ohio EPA’s draft permit.

The draft permit and related documents are available for review locally at the Lima Public Library, 650 W. Market St., Lima. The draft state permit is available online, and at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 N. Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, (419) 352-8461. The draft federal permit also is available for review online.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through Nov. 26, 2014. All public comments will be taken into consideration before a decision is made on the permit. Written comments may be sent to Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, Attn: John Nyers, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; faxed to (614) 728-5366; or emailed to Comments on the federal permit can be sent to U.S. EPA Region 5, RCRA Branch (LR-8J), Attn: Jae Lee, 77 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604-3590 and by email to



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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