4/30/20
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Ohio EPA Issues Permits to PennOhio Signal Location 

Agency Director Orders Facility to Adhere to Operational Directives

Ohio EPA has issued a surface water permit-to-install (PTI) and two air permits to install and operate (PTIO) to PennOhio Waste, LLC’s Signal facility, 44626 State Route 154, Lisbon, related to the company’s unloading and transfer operations of construction and demolition debris. 

One of the air-related PTIOs regulates fugitive dust emissions from traffic on the facility’s roadways and parking areas. The air-related/material handling PTIO allows the company to unload railcars at the Signal site directly into trucks for transportation to an approved disposal facility. No waste can be taken from the Signal facility to the Negley landfill without prior written approval from Ohio EPA. 

The surface water PTI allows the installation of a 22,000-gallon leachate holding tank designed to collect leachate from unloading operations. The collected leachate would be trucked to the Alliance Wastewater Treatment Plant for disposal. 

Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson also has issued Final Findings and Orders to PennOhio regarding unloading operations of construction and demolition debris at the Signal site. The Orders include the following requirements for construction and demolition debris operations: unloading activities will be limited to 12 hours per day, Monday through Friday (5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.); trucks loaded with waste from the unloading operation will be removed by the next business day; spilled waste will be removed prior to the close of business each day; PennOhio must submit a weekly report to Ohio EPA by the close of business on Mondays for construction and demolition debris activities conducted the prior week. 

The Agency held a webinar public hearing on April 2, 2020, to receive public comments about the proposed surface water permit and two air pollution control permits. The Agency considered all comments received during the webinar hearing and up to the close of the comment period on April 9. A copy of the permits, along with the Agency’s response to public comments are available online

Issuance of the permit can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC). Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at (614) 466-8950 for more information.

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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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