Envirosafe requests another expansion of Cell M

Kelly J. Kaczala

        The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will hold a public information session and hearing on Tuesday, May 23, to accept comments on a proposed modification of the hazardous waste permit that would allow the Envirosafe Services of Ohio Inc. (ESOI) landfill in Oregon to expand vertically.
        The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Oregon City Council Chambers, 5330 Seaman Road. During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present information about the expansion application and the permitting process. During the hearing, which will immediately follow the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the proposed action.
Cell M
        Envirosafe is located at 876 Otter Creek Road, Oregon. It accepts hazardous waste from off-site sources and is permitted to treat, store, and dispose of the waste. Accepted waste is currently disposed of in one active landfill, Cell M. As of January 2022, Cell M has a remaining capacity of approximately 50,000 cubic yards. If the draft permit modification is approved, Cell M would be allowed to expand vertically by 36 feet. The expansion would increase the capacity of Cell M by 110,000 cubic yards.
        The draft permit modification and related information can be viewed online under the “April 2023” tab, or at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green (419-352-8461). The draft permit also can be viewed at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Oregon Branch, 3340 Dustin Road.
Previous expansion
        The OEPA previously approved a vertical expansion for Envirosafe in May, 2019. The agency issued a Class 3 modification of the hazardous waste permit after Envirosafe requested a vertical expansion of Cell M. At the time, Envirosafe had approximately three years of remaining capacity. The approval increased the height of Cell M by 14 feet and increased the remaining capacity by 144,670 cubic yards.
         Written comments on the draft permit modification will be accepted at the hearing or may be mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Attn. Elijah Lucas, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049, or emailed to PUBLICCOMMENT@epa.ohio.gov. Comments will be accepted until June 9, 2023. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, visit: epa.ohio.gov/ada


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