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Ohio EPA Meeting Set for MBJ Holdings Water Quality Certification Application

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled July 11

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss the application for a water quality certification related to MBJ Holdings’ proposed construction of a light industrial complex on Jug Street, in Jersey Township.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019, at New Albany-Plain Schools Annex Building, 79 North High Street, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the certification application.

If approved, discharges from the activity would result in degradation to, or lowering of, the water quality of 40 wetlands and one unnamed tributary of Blacklick Creek. Proposed degradation of water quality would be offset through appropriate mitigation. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the certification.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the certification application through July 18. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the application, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

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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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