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Virtual Meeting Set about Water Quality Impacts from Ohio Turnpike Project 

Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at an online public hearing for a water quality certification application related to a proposed toll booth construction project on the Ohio Turnpike in Williams County.

The online meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020. The meeting may be accessed through Ohio EPA’s website at https://epa.ohio.gov/virtual. During the meeting, questions and comments may be submitted though the virtual meeting application. On the day of the meeting, registered participants should join 10 minutes before the start time to ensure proper connectivity.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission has applied for a water quality certification for a project to construct a new toll plaza on the Ohio Turnpike between County Road 4 and County Road 5 near Montpelier. The existing toll plaza would remain open during construction.

If the water quality certification is approved, the project would result in impacts to two high quality and one low quality wetlands and one stream in the St. Joseph River watershed. Mitigation for the wetland impacts would be onsite. Mitigation for the stream impact would be purchased through The Nature Conservancy’s Ohio in-lieu fee program. The proposed project cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny a permit. The application and technical support documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website. 

Ohio EPA values comments from the public and will accept written comments about the certification until July 27, 2020. Comments should be emailed to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

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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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