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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency held an informational meeting Wednesday evening about an air pollution permit it plans to issue soon to Pennant Midstream for its proposed gas processing plant in Springfield Township.
Although the meeting was only supposed to be about the permit process, many residents on hand were upset because they were denied a public hearing. The amount of pollution the proposed facility would generate means different guidelines are followed.
“It’s considered a minor source so what that means is that we don’t issue a draft permit beforehand, we don’t hold a public hearing, but we did know there were some concerns, so we wanted to come up and try and address them,” said Kristopher Weiss of the Ohio EPA.
Opponents to the facility plan on appealing. Appeals can be submitted to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission within 30 days of the permit being issued.
“We have several experts that would like to comment on this, we would like to have other people take another look at these records, make sure that what they are doing is proper,” said Patti Gorcheff of Frack Free Ohio.