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Ohio EPA Hearing On Pipeline Impacting Richland County

25 Sep , 2016  

Ohio EPA will hold an information session and public hearing on Sept. 28 regarding an application for a water quality certification from Kinder Morgan Utopia affecting a pipeline to be built in Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, Richland, Huron, Seneca, Sandusky, Wood, Henry, Lucas and Fulton counties.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.at Ross High School Little Theatre, 1100 North Street, Fremont, during which Ohio EPA will present details and answer questions concerning an application related to a proposed pipeline and accept public comment.

Discharges from the proposed project would have a potential to affect the quality of streams and wetlands in the following watersheds: Tuscarawas, Walhonding, Mohican, Huron-Vermillion, Sandusky, Cedar-Portage, Lower Maumee and Ottawa-Stony. Copies of the application and technical support information are available for review on Ohio EPA’s website or by calling (614) 644-2001.

The proposed project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA will consider technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding whether to issue or deny a water quality certification.

Anyone planning to discharge, dredge or use fill material in a way that impacts waters of the state must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA reviews the project to ensure it will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.

Written comments are considered equally with oral testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments must be received by close of business Oct. 5, 2016, and should be mailed to Ohio EPA – DSW, Attention: Permits Processing Unit; Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or via email: epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov.

The proposed pipeline would cut across the very northeastern corner of Richland County, and across the northern tier of Ashland County. Click here for details and a map.

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