So the plant manager sprung this one on me... I've been asked to attend a village hall meeting tonight to defend a request for direct discharge into a local creek.
Anyone have any pointers on dealing with the EPA? As far as I know, because we run all our water through an internal wastewater system, the water we would be directly discharging into the creek would be cleaner than what the city puts into it after they've "treated" it. (They take our wastewater out put, re-treat then discharge into the same creek we are asking to directly discharge into). The real tussle is that without our water output the village would be significantly raising water costs to cover the gap.
See article from local paper below:
Ohio -- Village Officials encourage village residents to attend a meeting with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on Monday evening.
A public meeting with the Ohio EPA concerning a direct discharge petition by XXXXXX XXXXXXXX is set for Monday night at 6 p.m.
If approved by the state, the permit allows the factory to discharge up to 100 thousand gallons of water a day into Wills Creek, treated only by their facility.
Village officials have voiced both economic and ecologic concerns about this proposal, and has issued an Impact Analysis document, which is available for public review at Village Hall.
The meeting is a part of the EPA's information gathering procedure before rendering a verdict