8/26/21
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Wood County Landfill Proposing Expansion

Ohio EPA Hosting Public Meeting on Sept. 8

Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 to discuss a draft permit for a proposed lateral and vertical expansion of the Wood County Landfill in Bowling Green. 

The meeting will be held in the Simpson Meeting Room, Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green, Ohio. EPA staff will give a short presentation about the permitting process, draft permit, and will answer questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow during which the public may submit written comments on the record about the draft expansion permit. Attendees are expected to follow the rules of the building which may have mask/distancing requirements. Participants who want handouts for the meeting should email Paula.Payne@epa.ohio.gov so electronic copies may be emailed on the day of the public meeting.

Wood County owns the municipal solid waste landfill located on the east side of Tontogany Road just north of U.S. Route 6 and is the applicant for the expansion. The proposed horizontal expansion would be 59.1 acres for a total of 101.1 acres. The horizontal and vertical expansions, if approved, would add about 8.9 million cubic yards of space and give the landfill approximately 111 years of capacity based on current waste intake.

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 43216-1049, attention Brian Dearth, or by email to epa.dmwmcomments@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends on Sept. 16. 

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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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