OEPA taking comments on Delta air quality

Staff report

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing to take comments on the state’s plan to ask the U.S. EPA to officially recognize that an area in Fulton County meets the 2008 federal air quality standard for lead.

The hearing will be held on Monday, April 10, 3 p.m., at Wauseon City Council chambers, 230 Clinton St.

The proposed redesignation request covers an area in the village of Delta bordered by sections 12 and 13 of York Township and sections 7 and 18 of Swancreek Township. The only source of lead in the area is the Bunting Bearings Corp., 200 Van Buren St.

From 2006-09, and in 2011, an air monitor at the site consistently detected lead levels that exceeded the federal limit. Ohio EPA worked with Bunting Bearings to improve maintenance and housekeeping at the facility. Air quality data collected between 2013-15 demonstrates the area is now meeting the lead standard.

When asking the U.S. EPA for redesignation, states are required to demonstrate that the area will be able to maintain compliance with the lead standard for 10 years. Bunting has implemented a preventative maintenance plan and improved housekeeping. The maintenance plan and lead emission limits have been incorporated into the facility’s air pollution permit, which will ensure the area will continue to meet the standard for the next 10 years.

During the hearing, the public can submit verbal or written comments on the proposed redesignation request and maintenance plan. The Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through April 10. Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Holly Kaloz, Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049; or emailing holly.kaloz@epa.ohio.gov.

More information on the redesignation request is available online or by calling Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control at 614-644-2270.

Staff report