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Ohio EPA Proposes General Permit for Bulk Fuel Storage Facilities
Public Hearing Scheduled Aug. 10
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to accept public comments about renewing the general permit for storm water and wastewater discharges from bulk fuel storage facilities in Ohio.
The public hearing begins at 3 p.m. in Conference Room B at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification to register at the security desk.
The wastewater discharge general permit primarily covers storm water discharges from bulk fuel storage facilities. It also may cover certain process wastewaters such as tank water draws.
The general permit covers a majority of the facilities requiring a wastewater permit to store large volumes of fuels throughout Ohio. The permit identifies how to obtain coverage, requires permittees to implement a storm water pollution prevention plan to minimize or eliminate the potential for contamination of storm water and sets reporting and monitoring requirements.
During the hearing, the public can submit verbal or written comments on the proposed general permit. Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through Aug. 17, 2017. Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Attention: Division of Surface Water Permits and Compliance Section, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the permit number (OHB000003) on the envelope or email subject line.
The permit and a fact sheet are available online or at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Division of Surface Water, 50 West Town St. Suite 700, Columbus, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
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.