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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for AMG Vanadium’s Zanesville Location

Virtual Public Meeting/Public Hearing Scheduled July 15, 2020

A permit variance request for AMG Vanadium, LLC’s Zanesville location will be the subject of a July 15, 2020, virtual public meeting and hearing. If approved, certain materials that AMG uses would be classified as processed raw materials rather than wastes or hazardous wastes.

During the virtual meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020, the Agency will give a short presentation on the draft permit. Individuals participating in the virtual meeting may submit questions through the virtual hearing application. A virtual hearing will immediately follow, during which the public can submit comments through the application, on the record, about the draft permit variance. Individuals should preregister for the virtual meeting. On the day of the hearing, registered participants should join 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure proper connectivity.

The Agency will consider all comments received prior to making a final decision on the draft permit variance. The variance would affect a new facility AMG is constructing in Muskingum County. AMG recycles metal-bearing residual materials and uses and manages these materials like raw materials and not as waste material. The primary metals of interest to AMG are nickel, molybdenum, and vanadium.

Written comments may be submitted during the virtual public hearing or by email to the attention of Chloé Mercier at PUBLICCOMMENT@epa.ohio.gov. All comments received at the virtual hearing or via email by close of business on July 24 will be considered by Ohio EPA prior to final action on this proposal.

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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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