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EPA To Hold Meetings, Public Hearing on Designation of Michindoh Aquifer As Sole Source of Drinking Water

Release Date: 01/06/2010
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

For Immediate Release
No. 10-OPA01

(Chicago - Jan. 5, 2010) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 will hold two public meetings and a public hearing next week on its proposed decision to designate the Michindoh aquifer as the sole source of drinking water for an area comprising nine counties including parts of Allen, DeKalb and Steuben counties in Indiana; Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties in Michigan; and Defiance and Fulton counties, and all of Williams County in Ohio. The public comment period on the proposed decision has been extended until Jan. 29.

An informational public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Hudson High School Cafeteria, 771 N. Maple Grove, Hudson, Mich.

The formal hearing will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, New Era Auditorium, 520 W. Mulberry St., Bryan, Ohio. An informal public meeting will be held ahead of the hearing at the same location from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

When an aquifer is designated the sole or principal source of drinking water for an area, EPA must review all federally funded projects in the area to determine potential for contaminating the aquifer. No federal funds may be spent on projects which EPA determines may contaminate the aquifer.

A copy of the Michindoh Sole Source Aquifer Petition is available for review

  • at EPA’s regional office in Chicago, 77 W. Jackson Blvd.,
  • online at www.epa.gov/region5/water/gwdw/index.htm and
  • at the Bryan, Ohio, Municipal Utilities Office, 841 E. Edgerton St.;
  • Williams County Public Library, 107 E. High St., Bryan, Ohio;
  • Hillsdale Community Library, 11 E. Bacon St. Hillsdale, Mich.,
  • Lenawee County Library, 4459 W. U.S. 223, Adrian, Mich.; and
  • Butler Public Library, 340 S. Broadway, Butler, Ind.

A fact sheet and other documents are available on the EPA Web site listed above. Comments or questions about the decision should be sent to William Spaulding, WG-15J, U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604 or e-mailed to spaulding.william@epa.gov
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