OABA Signs Letter to US EPA Sharing Concerns Regarding Recent Objection to Provision in Draft NPDES Permit for City of Euclid
OABA has been actively involved for many months in Ohio EPA’s Maumee watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process. Through this process and with coalition partners, we recently became aware of objections the US EPA has raised regarding Ohio EPA’s implementation of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits in Ohio. We recently joined with our friends at the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soybean Association to share our concerns regarding the US EPA’s recent objection to a specific provision in the draft NPDES permit that Ohio EPA developed for the City of Euclid.
While the Euclid Wastewater Treatment Plant is not in the Maumee watershed, we are very concerned about US EPA Region 5’s objection as it could set precedent for point source permits throughout the entire Lake Erie Basin, including the Maumee watershed, and the rest of Ohio. The authority for such regulatory decisions should remain with the State of Ohio.