Pipeline water quality certified

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Water Quality Certification for the Rover pipeline to be built in Fulton, Defiance, and Henry counties and 15 additional counties.

Anyone planning to discharge, dredge or use fill material in a way that results in the placement of fill into waters of the state must first obtain a permit from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which must be certified with a Water Quality Certification (commonly known as a 401) from Ohio EPA. The agency reviewed the project to ensure it complies with Ohio’s water quality standards.

Ohio EPA also held an information session and public hearing in Wooster, and received and reviewed public comments on the Rover 401 application.

Discharges from this project have a potential to affect the quality of streams and wetlands in the following watersheds: Tiffin, Lower Maumee, Cedar-Portage, Sandusky, Upper Ohio, Upper Ohio Wheeling, Little Muskingum-Middle Island, Tuscarawas, Mohican, Walhonding, and Wills. Although the project may result in a change from current water quality conditions, the changes cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. Ohio EPA considered technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue the Water Quality Certification.

A copy of the certification along with public comments and responses may be viewed online at epa.ohio.gov/pic/respond.aspx.

The Water Quality Certification can be appealed to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission. Appeals generally must be filed within 30 days of issuing a final action; anyone considering filing an appeal should contact ERAC at 614-466-8950 for more information.