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EPA proposes removing Ashtabula River from Areas of Concern, seeks public comment

map of the Ashtabula River area of concern

Citing tremendous progress, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Lake Erie Commission, and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, with support from the Ashtabula River Advisory Council, are recommending that Ohio’s Ashtabula River be removed from the U.S.-Canadian list of the most heavily polluted areas on the Great Lakes.

A report detailing the comprehensive cleanup of the Ashtabula River area of concern is available for public review and comment. The agencies will consider public input before making a final decision on delisting. The Ashtabula River AOC would be the first of Ohio’s four AOCs to be delisted.

Read the full EPA news release

Ashtabula River Area of Concern Draft Final Delisting Report