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Ohio EPA Meeting to Discuss Discharge from Coshocton Company
Information Session, Hearing Scheduled June 18, 2018
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed wastewater discharge permit modification for the McWane Ductile Ohio facility at 2266 S. Sixth St., Coshocton.
An information session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, in Coshocton City Council Chambers, 760 Chestnut St. A hearing will immediately follow the information session during which the public may submit comments on the proposed permit modification.
The company is requesting a less stringent limit for its wastewater discharge. The company submitted the results of a mixing zone study providing information that there is more water volume in the Muskingum River at the discharge location than accounted for in the current permit.
Ohio EPA will review the study and additional information the Agency is requesting from the company to determine if the Coshocton plant is eligible for a less stringent limit. If approved, the company would be required to continue improving the quality of its wastewater discharge. Permit limits are set to be protective of aquatic life in the stream where facilities discharge.
The proposed modification cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit modification.
Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit application through June 25, 2018. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the permit application, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email email@example.com.
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.