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Changes to 208 Plan Procedures

The TMACOG Wastewater Committee is creating a streamlined procedure for evaluating applications for installation or modification of any wastewater collection, storage, or treatment system. The new procedure brings permit evaluation closer to home and puts local agencies in control.

Applications are currently evaluated by the Ohio EPA; the new procedure recognizes existing expertise and partnerships. When the process is finalized, TMACOG will evaluate applications in consultation with regional partners who have already agreed on the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan (the 208 Plan).

Permits to Install (PTI) are evaluated by TMACOG based on the previously approved 208 Plan. When the applicant’s plan to connect to a sewage treatment plant matches up with the 208 Plan, and there are no problems on the treatment plant end, the permit is approved. PTIs are also required for modifications to package plants or other systems that do not connect to sewers. TMACOG will consult with the designated management agency (usually a public or private agency that operates a sewage treatment facility) before approval if there any questions of local import.

The updated procedure will describe the timeline for the procedure and any amendment process. The relevant chapter of the 208 Plan will be updated when the process has been agreed upon. It’s important that the 208 Plan stays current and relevant to community needs since by law the director of the Ohio EPA cannot approve permits that conflict with the plan. TMACOG has managed the 208 Plan for more than 30 years.

For more information about the Wastewater Committee, the 208 Plan, or the PTI procedure, contact Kurt Erichsen, vice president of Water Quality, at 419.241.9155, ext. 126.

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