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Pollution Control Standards


ORSANCO sets Pollution Control Standards for industrial and municipal waste water discharges to the Ohio River, and tracks certain dischargers whose effluent can seriously impact water quality. The standards designate specific uses for the Ohio, and establish guidelines to ensure that the river is capable of supporting these uses. To keep pace with current issues, ORSANCO reviews the standards every three years. As part of the review process, workshops and public hearings are held for public input. For frequently asked questions about the Pollution Control Standards, click here: FAQ's

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Current Review Of Pollution Control Standards:

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POLLUTION CONTROL STANDARDS REVIEW

 

The Commission is accepting public comments, technical scientific studies, and data supporting those comments, now through midnight, May 14th, 2015.  The following Notice of Public Hearing provides more information on the specific proposals for which the Commission is soliciting comments.

 

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON:

 

I.       Proposed amendments to Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River 2013 Revision (Document I below).

 

II.    Proposed FirstEnergy Corp., Pleasants Power Station, variance from Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River 2013 Revision Chapter 4.F, Mixing Zone Prohibition for Bioaccumulative Chemicals of Concern (Document II below).

 

Pursuant to the authority contained in Article VI of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Compact, and by direction of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, a public hearing will be held by the Commission on April 14, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd., Erlanger, KY.  The hearing will be conducted from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm (EDT), or until completed.  The record of the hearing shall remain open and written testimony accepted beginning today and extending for thirty days after the hearing, until midnight on May 14, 2015.

The purpose of said hearing is to receive comments, including data and scientific justifications or other supporting rationales, concerning each of the Commission’s two proposed actions described as follows:

I.  Proposed amendments to Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River 2013 Revision, as specified in Document I below.

II. Proposed FirstEnergy Corp., Pleasants Power Station, variance from Pollution Control Standards for Discharges to the Ohio River 2013 Revision, Chapter 4.F, Mixing Zone Prohibition for Bioaccumulative Chemicals of Concern, regarding their discharge of mercury to the Ohio River, as specified in Document II below.

All interested parties will be given adequate opportunity to express, both orally and in writing, their views and supporting rationales upon the issues to be considered.  Brief oral summaries and submission of written comments are encouraged.

Interested parties desiring information on the current Pollution Control Standards, the proposed amendments to the standards, and instructions on how to submit comments concerning the proposed amendments to the Pollution Control Standards, or concerning the conduct of said hearing may obtain such information below on this webpage, or by contacting the Commission (5735 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230, 513-231-7719).  Information concerning the proposed FirstEnergy variance may also be obtained in that manner.

Two informational webinars on these proposals will be held on March 24, 2015 at 4:00pm (EDT) and April 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm (EDT).  Instructions on participating in the webinars may also be found on the website or by contacting ORSANCO. 

Please be advised that while the two proposals have been grouped for the purposes of accepting comments and for the convenience of interested parties who may be attending the public hearing, the proposed variance is not related to the proposed revisions to the Pollution Control Standards. 

Comments may be submitted orally at the hearing, or in writing to pcs@orsanco.org or the Commission’s mailing address above, no later than midnight May 14, 2015.

 

Click here for Document I, proposed standards revisions

Click here for Document II, proposed variance

Click here for 2015 Notice of Public Hearing

 

 

Instructions for Submitting Comments (must be received by midnight, May 14th, 2015):

All parties interested in submitting comments may do so by mail or email. Mailed comments should be addressed to ORSANCO, 5735 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230, Attn: PCS Comments. Emailed comments should be sent to: PCS@orsanco.org . Emailed comments must be sent by the original submitter. Third party emails will not be accepted in order to protect data systems integrity.  Comments must be included in the body of the email. Email attachments will not be accepted in order to protect data systems integrity.  Please contact ORSANCO directly at 513-231-7719 for instructions on submitting technical and scientific information or data since email attachments cannot be accepted. Your name and mailing address must accompany all correspondence.

 

 

Instructions for Accessing Webinars:

Two informational webinars will be held to support the public in developing comments and to answer technical or procedural questions. These webinars will be held on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EDT) and Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 4:00 PM (EDT). The webinars will include a short presentation followed by a question and answer period. If you are unable to attend either webinar, a full audio and video copy of each will be recorded and available on this webpage in the days following the webinar date.  Questions can be directed to ORSANCO at 513-231-7719.

1) Participation in webinars requires simultaneous access to the Internet and a telephone.

2) Open your Internet web browser.

3) Enter in the address: http://orsanco.conferencinghub.com/CBmeet/PCS

4) This will redirect you to Welcome to PCS Webinar page.

5) Select "Enter as a Guest".

6) Enter in your Name and Email Address.

7) Click on Join Meeting (you do not need to check the box "Register Me").

8) Once connected to the meeting page, a dialog box will appear that says "Call my Phone". You may need to temporarily disable your web browser's popup blocker.

9) Enter your phone number and extension.

10) Click on the Connect Me button.

11) The automated system will call your phone number so you are connected to the audio portion of the presentation.

12) If you are unable to have the system call you, then you may call into the system by clicking "Dial In" and following those directions.

13) Note: Our webinar software is tested before, during, and after each webinar presentation.  Any connectivity issues may be related to your personal hardware and/or software. Common issues include Flash not being updated, popup blockers, and web browser issues. A full audio and video copy of the presentation will be recorded and available in the "Additional Resources" section of this page in the days following the webinar date.

 

Additional Resources:

Click here for the webinar powerpoint presentation.

Click here for Summary from Initial Public Comment Period held in 2014.

Click here for a full audio and video copy of the webinar.

 

Requests For Variances From Prohibition On Mixing Zones For Bioaccumulative Chemicals Of Concern (Mercury):


I.   FirstEnergy Pleasants Power Station variance applications: 

      Variance Application - 05-15-14

      Variance Application - 08-01-14

      Variance Application - 11-26-14

 

II.  Mountain State Carbon, LLC variance application:

     Variance Application - 01-20-15

 

III. Valley Converting Company, Inc variance application:

     Variance Application - 01-26-2015

 

IV. City of Toronto, Ohio variance application:

     Variance Application - 04-17-15

 

V. Koppers Inc. variance application:

    Variance Application - 4-29-15      

 

 

2013 Revisions To Pollution Control Standards (Current Revision):

Click here for 2013 Revision Pollution Control Standards (.pdf)
Click here for summary of 2013 revisions (.pdf)
Click here for response to public comment (.pdf)


 

Variance Application And Review Process:

The Commission may allow variances to certain provisions of its Pollution Control Standards, including its Prohibition on Mixing Zones for Bioaccumulative Chemicals of Concern (Chapter 4.F) and its Wastewater Discharge Requirements (Chapter 5).  A Variance Application and Review Process was adopted by the Commission at its February, 2013 Commission meeting.  This document contains the information necessary to apply for a variance.

Please click the following link to obtain the document:

Variance Application and Review Process (.pdf)

Variance for Pollution Control Standards Fact Sheet (.pdf)


 

PCS Standards - Archived Standards:

 

Click here for the Pollution Control Standards (2012 Revision) (.pdf)

Click here for the Pollution Control Standards (2011 Revision) (.pdf)

Click here for the Pollution Control Standards (2010 Revision) (.pdf)

Click here for the Pollution Control Standards (2009 Revision) (.pdf) 


 

Review Process for Ohio River Pollution Control Standards:

 

The Commission conducts a review of its Standards every three years. Each review consists of the following steps:

1. An initial comment period, in which comments are sought an all aspects of the Standards.
2. Consideration of the comments received and formulation of responses, including proposed revisions to the
Standards.

3. Public review and comment on proposed revisions.
4. Consideration of comments on proposed revisions and Commission adoption of revisions.

Because the Commission carefully considers all comments received, in collaboration with its member states through several committees and technical work groups, the entire process usually takes approximately 20 months.