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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NEW - Press Release: Commission Improves Process for Decisions to Reduce and Eliminate Mixing Zones for Bioaccumulative Chemicals of Concern (.pdf)
2015 Revision To Pollution Control Standards (Current Revision):
1. Click here for responsiveness summary to comments received during the 2015 public review process for proposed 2015 revisions to Ohio River Pollution Control Standards and proposed First Energy variance.
2. Click here for responsiveness summary to comments received during 2015 public review process for proposed variances for Koppers, Inc., Mountain State Carbon, LLC, and Valley Converting Company, Inc.
3. Click here for full summary of comments received during the 2015 public review process for proposed 2015 revisions to Ohio River Pollution Control Standards and proposed FirstEnergy variance.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON (comment period now closed):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Commission’s mailing address above, no later than midnight May 14, 2015.
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.
PCS Standards - Archived 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
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.