3/14/19
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Ohio EPA Seeking Public Comments on New Injection Wells

Public Meeting Scheduled March 28 in Fremont

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing on Thursday, March 28, 2019, to accept public comments about draft permits that, if approved, would allow Vickery Environmental Inc. to drill two new Class 1 hazardous materials injection wells on the company’s property in Sandusky County.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sandusky County Board of Health, 2000 Countryside Drive, Fremont.

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

If approved, the permits only would allow Vickery Environmental, located at 3956 State Route 412, to construct two injection wells. The permits would not authorize the company to use the wells for disposal without first obtaining additional permits from Ohio EPA to operate the wells.

Copies of the draft permits and related documents may be viewed at the Birchard Public Library of Sandusky County, 423 Croghan St., Fremont. The permits also may be viewed at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, for an appointment, call (614) 644-2752; or at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, for an appointment, call (419) 352-8461.

Written comments on the draft permits will be accepted at the hearing or may be emailed to Jess Stottsberry at Jess.Stottsberry@epa.ohio.gov, or mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Attn: Jess Stottsberry, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Comments will be accepted until April 1, 2019.

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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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