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After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

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Ohio EPA to Accept Public Comments Regarding Application For Water Quality Impacts Along a Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2014, regarding water quality impacts associated with a proposed 75.8-mile pipeline and 75-foot construction right-of-way in five eastern Ohio counties. The information session and hearing will take place in the Steubenville Public Library, Schiappa Branch, 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP is the applicant.

The proposed open-cut pipeline project would impact 10.4 acres of wetlands and 1,930 linear feet of streams. The project area includes: East Township (Carroll County); Hanover, Franklin and Washington Townships (Columbiana County); Brush and Mount Pleasant Townships (Jefferson County); Colerain and York Townships (Belmont County); and Switzerland Township (Monroe County).

The water quality impacts would not be permitted to exceed state standards set to protect people’s health and the environment.

Written comments are considered equally with oral testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments may be submitted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2014, to Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.



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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