6/3/21
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Ohio EPA Meeting About Wastewater Permit for Preble County Quarry

Virtual Public Information Session and Hearing June 16

Ohio EPA is considering an application for a wastewater discharge permit for the Barrett Paving Materials Lewisburg quarry. The new quarry is at the site of the former Wysong Stone Quarry.

A virtual public meeting about the request will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. It will begin with the Agency giving a short presentation on the permit application and answering questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow, during which the public may submit written comments on the record about the application. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance of the meeting. Those registering will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the meeting.

The company is proposing to discharge up to 2.88 million gallons per day of wastewater from its new Lewisburg quarry into an unnamed tributary near its confluence with Twin Creek. The wastewater will consist of industrial stormwater from limestone mining and processing operations, and ground water that collects at the bottom of the quarry. The company plans to use settling ponds to remove solid particles from the wastewater.

Twin Creek is designated by Ohio EPA as an exceptional warmwater habitat stream and outstanding state water. If the permit is approved, the discharge may result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality conditions of Twin Creek. However, discharges cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment.

Ohio EPA is accepting public comments about the application until 5 p.m. on June 23, 2021. Written comments can be submitted during the virtual hearing or emailed to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov. Please include the permit name or ID number (1IJ00144) in the subject line of emails.

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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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