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Ohio EPA Issues Water Quality Certification for TJX

Ohio EPA has issued a water quality certification to TJX Companies, Inc., for the Home Goods Distribution Center project, a 1.2 million square foot building, parking lots, storm water detention pond and access driveways. The project is located at 3640 Ellsworth Bailey Rd., Lordstown. 

The Water Quality Certification (WQC) is a required component of an application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which would allow the discharge of dredged or fill material into streams and wetlands during the construction phase of the project. Discharges from the project will impact wetlands and degrade the water quality of streams within the Duck Creek watershed. TJX Companies will offset these impacts with the restoration and enhancement of two streams adjacent to the property, the purchase of stream and wetland mitigation credits in other areas, and the preservation of 130 acres of forested woodland adjacent to the development.

The Agency considered all comments submitted by the public before deciding to issue the WQC. The primary comments received during the public notification period were related to long term protection of the preserved areas. The conservation easement associated with this project has been reviewed by the Agency and tailored to ensure long-term protection for the property.  A copy of the WQC is available online.

Issuance of certification 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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