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Ohio EPA Issues Permit for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth
Ohio EPA today issued a wastewater discharge permit to Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC to discharge water into the Scioto River, Little Beaver Creek, Big Run, and the West Ditch.
The permit reauthorizes existing discharges and discharges from a proposed project with the Department of Energy Piketon Gaseous Diffusion plant. The permit includes limits to protect all water quality standards in the Scioto River.
Before issuing the permit as final, Ohio EPA reviewed the draft permit to ensure it would comply with federal and state environmental standards, laws, and regulations. The Agency reviewed and considered public comments received at the public hearing in April, and during the extended public comment period.
Additionally, following Ohio EPA’s review of the draft permit, Fluor will no longer have a variance from complying with the mercury standard. Rather, the facility will now be required to follow a three-year schedule more stringent than what was previously described in the public notice of the draft permit.
The final permit and the response to comments document are available on Ohio EPA’s website.
Issuance of final permits can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; therefore, anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.
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.