Permit variance sought from mercury limits at Bay Shore Power Plant

        A request to grant a variance from the mercury limits allowed in the Bay Shore Power Plant wastewater discharge permit will be the topic of a Nov. 19 Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) public meeting. An information session will begin at 6 p.m., immediately followed by a public hearing at Oregon City Council chambers, 5330 Seaman Road.
        Ohio EPA is reviewing a request for a variance from the 1.3 parts per trillion (ppt) monthly average mercury limit. The facility, owned by Walleye Power LLC, is located at 4701 Bay Shore Road, and discharges to Driftmeyer Ditch and Maumee Bay.
        If approved, the variance would not allow an increase in mercury discharged from the facility. It would allow the facility to continue to discharge mercury to Lake Erie at current levels which exceed the 1.3 ppt Lake Erie Basin water quality standard. As conditions of the variance, the facility would be required to identify the sources of mercury in the discharge and take steps to eliminate or minimize those sources. The facility would have to meet a limit of 4.96 ppt as a condition of the variance.
        The proposed variance may result in a change from current water quality conditions. OEPA will consider technical, economic, social, and environmental aspects of the proposal before deciding whether to approve or deny the permit change.
        Comments on the proposed variance may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by email to The public comment period ends Nov. 26. Following consideration of public comments, OEPA will decide whether to approve or deny the variance.


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