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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on September 30 issued a final permit renewal for Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., (ESOI), a hazardous waste facility at 876 Otter Creek Road in Oregon.

The facility submits an operating permit renewal request to the state every 10 years. The last time the agency approved a Hazardous Waste Facility Installation and Operation Permit to Envirosafe was on Dec. 29, 2005. The permit expired on Dec. 29, 2015. The facility submitted a request to the Ohio EPA for a renewal on June 30, 2015. The facility is allowed to operate under the terms of the expired permit until the director of the Ohio EPA issues or denies the renewal permit.

The only change in the operating permit this time is that Envirosafe is no longer required to secure pre-approval from the Ohio EPA to accept waste, James Lee, media relations manager with the Ohio EPA, told The Press.

“Ohio EPA has been working to standardize permits for the hazardous waste facilities across the state,” he said. “In doing this review of other permits, the agency noted other hazardous waste facilities were not required to secure pre-approval from the Ohio EPA in order to accept waste. The hazardous waste laws and ESOI’s permit already lay out strict guidelines that ESOI and other similar facilities must follow before accepting waste.”

In addition to Envirosafe, commercial facilities in Ohio that are permitted to receive hazardous waste include Vickery Environmental, Ross Incineration Services, and Heritage WTI, said Lee.

EPA’s role
Although the Ohio EPA is not required to approve every individual waste stream accepted through an additional review process, the agency “will continue to look at the waste acceptance paperwork and review for compliance.”

“It would be ESOI’s responsibility, as the permitted entity, to ensure that the waste it accepts meets its permit and the law. It would remain Ohio EPA’s regulatory role to audit ESOI’s compliance with these requirements,” he said.

ESOI treats and stores hazardous waste in containers, tanks, and a containment building. It also disposes hazardous waste in Cell M, its only active hazardous waste landfill, at the southern part of the property. The latest estimate for Cell M capacity is three to five years, depending on the annual receipt volume, according to Robin Wiley, of the Division of Emergency Response and Revitalization in Toledo.

Envirosafe is permitted to accept up to 235,000 tons of hazardous waste per year from off-site sources for treatment, storage and disposal in one permitted landfill. There are 124 ground water monitoring wells on site.

At any given time, Envirosafe can store 3,200 cubic yards in permitted outdoor container storage areas. It can also treat up to 150 tons per hour in the stabilization containment building, and up to 100 tons per hour in four permitted tanks in Cell M.

Cells on the northern part of the site are older and closed, including F, G, H, and I. Those four hazardous waste landfill units are undergoing post closure care.

Post closure care activities ongoing at the site are groundwater monitoring, leachate collection and removal, maintenance and monitoring of the leak detection system, periodic inspection of the units, maintenance of the facility’s security systems, maintenance of landfill covers, inspections for sediment, proper drainage, woody vegetation and maintenance of support facilities, such as access roads and stormwater management systems.

The facility has $13 million closure fund, and $42 million post closure fund.

In addition to closure/post-closure care of the facility, the permit includes corrective action. Corrective action is the investigation and implementation of a plan to look at all past areas of waste handling on site. This process began with an approved plan known as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Facility Investigation (RFI). The U.S. EPA approved the work plan in 2002, with approval of the RFI report in 2009.

The Ohio EPA held a public hearing seeking comments from the public regarding a draft permit renewal on July 14. Ohio EPA representatives at the hearing presented information about the renewal and answered questions from the audience.

Appeal
According to the Ohio Revised Code, the decision to renew the permit can be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC), 77 South High St., 17th floor, Columbus, OH, 43215. The appeal must be in writing and include the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The appeal must be filed with the Commission within 30 days after notice of the Sept. 30 decision to issue the renewal of the permit. The appeal must be accompanied by a filing fee of $70 made payable to the Treasurer, state of Ohio. The Commission, in its discretion, may reduce the fee if by affidavit, it is demonstrated that payment of the full amount of the fee would cause extreme hardship. A copy of the appeal must be served on the director of the Ohio EPA within three days after filing the appeal with ERAC.

 

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