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Public Meeting to Discuss Wilmington Landfill’s Proposed Expansion
Information Session, Public Hearing Scheduled Nov. 21
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, to discuss a draft permit for the proposed expansion of Wilmington Landfill.
The meeting will be at the Wilmington Community Room, Room 174, 69 N. South St. An information session will begin at 6 p.m., with a public hearing immediately following during which the public can submit comments on the record about the draft expansion permit.
The city of Wilmington owns the municipal solid waste landfill located at 397 South Nelson Ave. and is the applicant for the expansion. The proposed expansion includes both a lateral and vertical expansion. If approved, the proposal would expand the landfill by 3.2 million cubic yards and would add 25 to 44 years of capacity.
The 45-acre facility is authorized to accept up to 195 tons of waste per day but averages approximately 110 tons of waste a day.
During the information session, Ohio EPA staff will explain the permitting process and provide an overview of the draft permit. The Agency will respond to questions about the proposed expansion.
Ohio EPA values public input. Anyone may submit comments and/or request to be on a mailing list to receive notice regarding further action on the expansion application by writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216, attention Brian Dearth, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public comment period ends Nov. 28.
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.