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ELYRIA — The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency hosted a public hearing for residents to ask questions about the draft renewal of the hazardous waste permit for daily operations at United Initiators Inc. However, no one from the public showed up.

The hearing at Elyria Public Library West River Branch still continued as Michelle Tarka, of the Ohio EPA Division of Environmental Response of Revitalization, gave a presentation on the permit.

The hazardous waste permit is for the company’s waste management process, which has been unchanged since 1984, where waste is boiled for energy recovery. The only thing that has changed is the rules provided by the United States EPA in 2014. Now the company will need a permit to continue its process.

If approved, the permit would allow the facility to continue treating hazardous waste in a boiler for energy recovery and would be valid for 10 years. United Initiators Inc., at 555 Garden St., Elyria, the former Aztec Catalysts site, manufactures and markets organic peroxides and is a supplier of polymers to the North American market.

Although no one from the public attended the meeting, the window for public comment is open until Feb. 22. Mary McCarron, Ohio EPA public involvement manager for the public interest, said public opinion is encouraged to ensure the permit also can satisfy the needs of the local population.

“We value public input because at the local level there might be some things we’re unaware of that would pertain to the permit,” she said.

Written comments on the draft permit are accepted through email at publiccomment@epa.ohio.gov or mailed to Ohio EPA Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization, Attn: Chloe Mercier, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Once comments are received, the Ohio EPA will alter the final permit if needed.

The draft permit and permit application can be viewed under the “What’s New” tab at www.epa.ohio.gov/derr/.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton


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