3/19/19
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Ohio EPA to Hold Second Meeting to Discuss Buckeye Brine Injection Wells

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled for April 15, 2019

Ohio EPA will hold a second public meeting to discuss draft permits-to-operate (originally submitted August 31, 2018) for two Class I non-hazardous waste injection wells at the Buckeye Brine facility in Coshocton. If approved, the permits would allow the facility to convert two existing Class II wells to Class I status.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m., on April 15, 2019, at Coshocton High School, 1205 Cambridge Rd., immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the draft permits. During the meeting, Ohio EPA will discuss the draft permit and the Agency’s review of comments received during the fall of 2018. Because of extensive public interest and the number of comments the Agency received, Ohio EPA has re-opened the comment period for the draft permits.

If the draft permits are approved, the injection wells would be allowed to accept only non-hazardous wastes. To prevent drinking water impacts, these wells are designed for injecting wastes far below the lowermost source of drinking water.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft permits through April 19. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. To comment or receive information on the draft permits, email jess.stottsberry@epa.ohio.gov or mail: Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Attn: UIC Unit Supervisor, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

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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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