The Coshocton County Beacon September 26, 2018 - Page 6

6 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com SEPTEMBER 26 , 2018
Publishers note : The Coshocton County Board of Commissioners has requested that The Coshocton County Beacon publish a letter that they submitted on June 25 , 2018 to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency along with various email correspondence that was communicated between the office of the Coshocton County Board of Commissioners and contacts at the Ohio EPA . The Coshocton County Beacon has agreed to publish this information as a matter of public record and because the Buckeye Brine application to convert from a Class 2 to a Class I non-hazardous injection facility is a matter of public knowledge and importance to the community .
September 19 , 2018
Mr . Mark Fortune Coshocton Beacon Main Street Coshocton , Ohio 43812 RE : Buckeye Brine Injection Well
Dear Mark :
As Coshocton County Commissioners we are tasked with the duty to represent all constituents of Coshocton County . With that being said , we have received many calls and letters requesting this board take action against the Application of Buckeye Brine to move from a Class II to a Class I Injection site .
We would like to make it known to the residents of Coshocton County that your Board of County Commissioners has sent letters to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ( OEPA ), Ohio Department of Natural Resources ( ODNR ), Senator Jay Hottinger and Representative Larry Householder ( see attached ). We have also had email correspondence with Mr . Craig Butler and Mr . Kristopher Weiss from the OEPA ( see attached ) with regards to this issue .
Sincerely , COSHOCTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Dane R . Shryock
D . Curtis Lee
Gary L . Fischer
Enclosures
Coshocton County Commissioners 401 ½ Main Street Coshocton , Ohio 43812 Phone 740-622-1753 Fax 740-622-4917
June 25 , 2018
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Attn : Environmental Services 50 W . Town Street Columbus , Ohio 43215 RE : Buckeye Brine proposal of conversion from a Class 2 to a Class 1 non-hazardous injection facility permit .
To Whom It May Concern : As a Board of Commissioners we have heard several concerns voiced by our constituents concerning the conversion of the Buckeye Brine Injection wells proposal from a class 2 to a class 1 non-hazardous permit .
Just to clarify below are some of the concerns we have heard :
1 . The main aquifer supplying water to the City of Coshocton and local area water wells .
2 . There has never been a conversion from a Class 2 to a Class 1 injection well in Ohio .
3 . The receipt of out-of-state waste at the facility .
Your local elected officials at the county and township level have no legislative authority or jurisdiction over these injection facilities . This injection site is located on privately owned and non-zoned property . The regulatory agency over these injection facilities is the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ( OEPA ) and / or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ( ODNR ). The state legislators and these regulatory agencies believe that local officials do not have the expertise to manage these types of decisions and that is why they placed the burden to manage the permitting process at a state level as they oversee these projects and decisions on an everyday basis while managing our water , waste water and air quality . The State of Ohio employs geologists , scientists and experts in these fields to look after our environment . As a Board of Commissioners we strive to be informed . We have listened to both sides of the issue and have listened to the concerns of our citizens . We are going to forward this letter on to the OEPA , ODNR and our State Legislators where these decisions are being made . We encourage all our citizens to contact your State legislators with concerns as well .
Sincerely , COSHOCTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Dane R . Shryock
D . Curtis Lee
Gary L . Fischer
CC : Ohio Department of Natural Resources Representative Larry Householder Senator Jay Hottinger
Publishers Comment : The below letter and following email correspondence is being sent to concerned citizens that have addressed the Coshocton County Board of Commissioners about the proposed Buckeye Brine conversion from a Class 2 to a Class 1 non-hazardous injection facility .
Coshocton County Commissioners 401 ½ Main Street Coshocton , Ohio 43812 Phone 740-622-1753 Fax 740-622-4917
August 1 , 2018
RE : Buckeye Brine Injection Well
To Whom It May Concern : Thank you for your letter and concerns about Buckeye Brine Injection Well proposed moved to a Class 1 Facility . We also share your concerns and have relayed this on to our State Legislatures , Ohio Department of Natural Resources ( ODNR ) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ( OEPA ). In this particular situation , the permitting process is totally governed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ( OEPA ). We have enclosed the correspondence we have had with those agencies .
Sincerely , COSHOCTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Dane R . Shryock
D . Curtis Lee
Gary L . Fischer
From : Mary Beck [ mailto : marybeck @ coshoctoncounty . net ] Sent : Monday , June 25 , 2018 3:07 PM To : EPA Web Requests web . requests @ epa . ohio . gov Subject : Attn : Mr . Craig Butler
Mr . Butler : I am writing this email at the request of the Coshocton County Commissioners ( Dane R . Shryock , D . Curtis Lee and Gary L . Fischer ). They have had several citizens request information from them concerning the Buckeye Brine Class 1 Injection Application process . The citizens have also voiced many concerns . To be better informed community leaders , we were hoping it would be possible to have you or one of your designees contact our office about this process and answer some questions .
The Commissioners will be in the office on Wednesday , June 27th for their regularly scheduled meeting at 8:30 a . m . and they have a couple free agenda time slots that they would be available for a telephone conversation . The available time slots are 8:30 a . m . or 12:00 p . m . or after . If none of those times work for you or your designee , please contact me so that I can make further arrangements .
I look forward to hearing from you .
From : Kristopher . Weiss @ epa . ohio . gov
< Kristopher . Weiss @ epa . ohio . gov > Sent : Wednesday , June 27 , 2018 11:57 AM To : Mary Beck marybeck @ coshoctoncounty . net Cc : web . requests @ epa . ohio . gov Subject : FW : Attn : Mr . Craig Butler
Dear Ms . Beck :
This is Kristopher Weiss in EPA ’ s Public Interest Center , where I work as the Agency ’ s citizen contact for Central and Southeast Ohio , including Coshocton .
I ’ m in receipt of your June 25 email asking for answers to Commissioners ’ questions regarding Buckeye Brine . In speaking with my colleagues , the Agency believes the best way to answer these questions as thoroughly and as completely as possible would be for you to submit them in writing to me and I will work with the relevant staff to get answers back as quickly as possible .
At this point , Ohio EPA has only a deficient application from the facility for its proposed Class 1 injection well project . When and if it does deem the application complete and not deficient , the Agency will hold an information session and public hearing in the city to provide information to citizens , elected officials and any other interested parties . We will also answer questions and then accept comments on the record during the public-hearing portion of the meeting . All comments received will be responded to in writing .
I hope this is helpful and we look forward to answering the commissioners ’ questions .
Sincerely , Kristopher Weiss Ohio EPA Public Interest Center ( 614 ) 644-2160

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