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Company seeks to send waste into Lake Erie
By John C. Kuehner
The Plain Dealer

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will meet Friday to hear comments from the public about a Painesville Township plastic processing company that wants to discharge industrial wastewater into Lake Erie.

PET Processors LLC is seeking state approval for the daily release of 14,400 gallons of wastewater from an extrusion line it's adding. The wastewater would contain trace amounts of oil and grease, which are to be within the federal clean water standards, said Marie Underwood, an environmental specialist with the Ohio EPA.

But the EPA cautioned that the additional discharge could change Lake Erie's water quality conditions. The company needs a state permit to build the disposal system and another to discharge treated wastewater into the lake.

The EPA's public meeting, 6:30 p.m., is at the Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St., Perry.

PET Processors draws more than 150,000 gallons of water directly from Lake Erie each day to cool plant machinery, and the water is returned to the lake, said Tracy Trnavsky, the plant's process engineer. Unlike in the proposed new system, that water does not come in direct contact with plant operations.

The Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the permit applications through Nov. 13. Anyone can submit written comments by writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Attn.: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049 Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.

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