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Ohio EPA Meeting to Discuss Renewal of Vickery Environmental’s Underground Injection Permits

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, to present information and accept public comments on four draft permits for liquid waste injection at Vickery Environmental Inc. (VEI). The meeting will be held at the Sandusky County Board of Health, 2000 Countryside Drive, Fremont.

The draft permits are for Class I hazardous waste injection wells at the VEI facility located at 3956 State Route 412, Vickery. Underground injection control permits must be renewed every five years. Deep well injection has been taking place at the facility since 1976.

If approved, the permits would allow VEI to continue using wells number 2, 4, 5 and 6 to dispose of commercially generated hazardous and non-hazardous liquid wastes, with some new and revised permit conditions and requirements.

During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will provide information about the draft permits and answer questions. During the hearing, which will immediately follow, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the draft permits.

Ohio EPA also will accept written comments about the draft permits through Sept. 4, 2014. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment, write to Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Attn.: UIC Section Supervisor, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049.

Copies of the draft permits may be inspected at the Birchard Public Library of Sandusky County, 423 Croghan St., Fremont; at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, by first calling (419) 352-8461; or at Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 West Town St. Suite 700, Columbus, by first calling (614) 644-2752.


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.