4/30/20
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Ohio EPA Extends Public Comment Period for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth Wastewater Discharge Permit

Agency to Continue Taking Public Comments Through May 15

The public comment period concerning a draft wastewater discharge permit and application renewal submitted by Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC to discharge water into the Scioto River, Little Beaver Creek, Big Run, and the West Ditch has been extended to May 15, 2020.

After receiving requests from the community, Ohio EPA is extending the comment period an additional 16 days to provide citizens more opportunity to comment on the renewal application and draft permit. A related virtual information session and public hearing, hosted by the Agency on April 22, was recorded and is available online: http://ohioepa.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/ohioepa/recording/9e67b77ead8c4a5e8ca992c65533a05d.

If approved, the draft permit would authorize new discharges from a proposed project with the Department of Energy Piketon Gaseous Diffusion plant. Discharges from the activity, if approved, would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality within the Scioto River. The draft permit includes limits and conditions to protect all water quality standards in the Scioto River.

To submit comments or receive information on the application renewal and draft permit, email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. Comments received in writing will be given equal consideration to those that were received during the virtual hearing and throughout original and extended comment periods.

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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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