EPA to host hearing on ballast water rules in Huron

The Ohio EPA has scheduled a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Huron Public Library on new ballast water rules designed to keep invasive species out of Lake Erie.
Tom Jackson
Jun 22, 2012

The Ohio EPA has scheduled a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Huron Public Library on new ballast water rules designed to keep invasive species out of Lake Erie.

Ohio EPA has issued two draft certifications that would authorize ballast discharges from Ohio vessels into waters of the state in conjunction with U.S. EPA’s draft general permit for vessel discharges, which provides federal authorization of vessel discharges. 

At the meeting, Ohio EPA will present information, answer questions and accept public comments on the draft certifications. The hearing will end when everyone has had an opportunity to testify. 

The library is located at 333 Williams Street in Huron.
 

Comments

mrlizzzard

Ballast water has given us all of our imported nasty organisms.Everything from white perch to gobis.

What has taken this country so long to stand up to the do nothing beaucracy that we pay for.I remember in the seventies they were going to do something.They have really failed us sportsmen as well as citizens.Can't wait till they save us from grass carp.

Yellow Snow

Misleading title for this article.  Should be more like "EPA to host hearing in Huron on ballast rules."  Current title says they'll discuss ballast rules in Huron, like it's for Huron waters only.

Yes, keep the creepy crawlers out of our water.

Erie County Resident

Time to stop all the feel good tree hugger crap, get really serious and actually do something about it.

But then again if they didn't allow the destruction of Lake Erie they wouldn't have a job.

Don S

The ship yards on our coasts have water treatment facilities for water ballast in all their harbors. There is no reason that Huron can't provide such a service in it's harbor. I'm not sure if the ocean going ships are charged a fee to clean their ballast water or if it is some kind of a surcharge per ship. All Great Lakes harbors should be made to have ballast water cleaning facilities.