April 15 – Ohio River Water Quality Comments Due!

Ohio River

Attention: anyone who boats, fishes, or swims  in, and/or drinks tap water out of the Ohio River: While working on final tax preparations, please consider sending some comments to ORSANCO on your water quality! This could be much more valuable to you than your tax refund, (although that’s important, too), and a lot less costly than a tax bill. Same deadline, though – April 15. 

See more information about the current Ohio River pollution control standards proposal, and how to make comments on it, here.

Recently, there have been three well attended public hearings, and citizens’ comments have been overwhelmingly in favor of keeping and enforcing the current pollution control standards throughout the Ohio River watershed. More comments, however, would be a good idea. There were a total of 6,000 public comments on the last pollution control standards proposal; we need to equal or surpass that number now. You can read OVEC’s official comments and those of OVEC volunteer, Randi Pokladnik here.

Rich Cogan, the current chairperson of the ORSANCO Watershed Organizations Advisory Committee, (OVEC is a member organization), said this after attending the Cincinnati area public hearing: 

“The strongest common comment from speakers was concern about the voluntary aspect of state adoption of ORSANCO PCS, and the resulting possibility of a state adopting a weaker standard that could negatively impact down river states and users.” 

Here are some media reports from the public hearings:

From the 4/1 Pittsburgh, PA hearing:

WVPB

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

General info. on the hearings

From the 4/4 Evansville, Indiana hearing: 

Lloyd Winnecke, Evansville Indiana’s Mayor, issued a comment letter, which included this quote:

“Pollution control standards along the magnificent Ohio River should… not be voluntary. Ideally, all states along the river would modify their quality and permitting controls in order that the ORSANCO standards can be employed.”

Preceding the 4/8 Cincinnati, OH hearing:

Cincinnati Enquirer 

There’s still time! Send a comment to ORSANCO, by April 15th!

If you need help, contact me,  Robin Blakeman

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  1. I am extremely concerned over any decrease in Pollution Control Standards with the Ohio River, and hope that these standards will actually be increased in the near future. Please, do not allow the member states in the ORSANCO Compact to use alternative PCS criteria in their permitting processes. The possibility of a state adopting a weaker standard that could negatively impact down river states and millions of users is abhorrent. The water quality of our God given resource is essential for good health, when used for drinking, cooking, and recreation. The health of the residents should always be of the utmost concern in these matters.

    1. Well said. Please be sure to send your comments directly to ORSANCO…

  2. Please, do not allow the member states in the ORSANCO Compact to use alternative PCS criteria in their permitting processes. The possibility of a state adopting a weaker standard that could negatively impact down river states and millions of users is abhorrent. The water quality of our God given resource is essential for good health, when used for drinking, cooking, and recreation. The health of the residents should always be of the utmost concern in these matters.

    1. Indeed! Please be sure to send your comments directly to ORSANCO, if you haven’t already.

  3. The instructions for how to send a comment directly to ORSANCO are linked in the blog post.

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