Despite Morrow County citizens’ attempts to stall National Lime and Stone’s water discharge permit from the Ohio EPA, the government agency has granted the company’s request.
The newly approved permit will allow the company to discharge an average of four million gallons of water per day from its mining operation into the Kokosing River.
The stipulations of the permit will require testing of discharged water flow rate, total suspended solids and ph level.
Residents of Chesterville, and the surrounding area, have organized numerous public hearings in hopes to deny the company’s request.
The decision can be appealed to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission within 30 days of issuance.
There is an additional permit for the company under review by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The permit being processed, if granted, would approve the National Lime and Stone’s request to remove deeply buried ground water from its quarry, in order to further its mining operation.
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