Ohio River Could Lose Important Protections
In our June WV Rivers’ News we shared that the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) voted to discontinue their important practice of setting pollution limits for the entire length of the Ohio River. Now, that decision is out for public comment.
ORSANCO’s pollution limits are vital because they ensure that pollution dumped into the Ohio River in one state doesn’t have a negative effect on the waters of another state. In West Virginia, the Ohio serves are our longest border – 300-miles – and it can’t afford to lose any pollution controls.
We’re disappointed in ORSANCO’s decision and are collecting information on what it means for the Ohio. We’ll share more information and tips for submitting your comments soon!
Timeline of Important Dates
July 26, 6:00pm. A public hearing will be held at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport, 1717 Airport Exchange Blvd., Erlanger, KY.
July 12, 3:00pm. Free informational webinar hosted by ORSANCO on their decision, learn more.
July 19, 6:00pm. Free informational webinar hosted by ORSANCO on their decision, learn more.
August 10. Comment deadline.
October 4. Policy decision to be made at ORSANCO Commission Meeting in Lansing, WV.
Stay tuned to WV Rivers for more information!