Company seeks to send waste into
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
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,