ORSANCO Welcoming Public Comment On Ohio River Pollution Standards

Posted On January 12, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

The Ohio River at Lawrenceburg. File photo.

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – You have the opportunity to weigh in on how clean the Ohio River will be kept.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission sets pollution control standards for industrial and municipal waste water discharges into the 981-mile-long river. Every three years, the organization reviews those standards.

ORSANCO is welcoming public comment on five alternatives regarding its involvement in setting, maintaining, and implementing pollution standards.

“Each review of the Pollution Control Standards includes a two-step public comment process which provides an opportunity to comment on any proposed revisions. ORSANCO is committed to providing a transparent review process and during public comment periods ORSANCO hosts webinars to explain any proposed changes,” according to a news release.

Those webinars are scheduled for January 24 at 3:00 p.m. and January 31 at 6:00 p.m., eastern time.

Public comment is being welcomed through February 24. Mailed comments should be addressed to ORSANCO, 5735 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45230, Attn: PCS Comments.  Emailed comments should be sent to PCS@orsanco.org, but must be sent by the original submitter.

ORSANCO says it is particularly interested in receiving technical and scientific information or data that supports comments on proposals for revising the standards.

Comments will be used in developing a specific plan to protect the uses and water quality of the river.

More information can be found at www.orsanco.org/programs/pollution-control-standards/.