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Ohio EPA holding hearing on hydrostatic test water discharges

By Bob Downing Published: October 14, 2012

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public hearing on Tuesday on a general permit issued to cover hydrostatic test water discharges of short duration from Ohio facilities.

The hearing will be at 10:30 a.m. at the EPA Conference Room 6A, 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, Columbus.

Those attending must furnish photo identification.

Hydrostatic test water is water that has been placed under pressure in pipelines, tanks and other structures to test for leaks and structural-integrity issues.

This type of test water is generally used for new facilities, unused facilities and facilities used to transport or store natural gas, crude oil or petroleum hydrocarbons.

The proposed general permit would authorize only certain types of discharges.

Pollutants recommended for regulation include oil and grease, suspended solids, pH, dissolved oxygen, iron, chlorine, benzene, toluene, eythlbenzene and xylene.

Proposed changes in the general permit are related to the Ohio EPA's permit reporting process and would not change how stringent the permit is.

Statewide permits are valid for up to five years and are reviewed and revised after that time.

A general permit consists of one permit that covers many locations that have similar discharges.

General permits are used to allow discharges that will have a minimal impact on the environment.

For more information, click  here or contact Eric Nygaard at 614-644-2024.

Written comments may be submitted through Oct. 23. They go to Ohio EPA-DSW Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216, or email to

The agency will consider all comments before finalizing the general permit.




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