Ohio EPA Approves Storm Water Permit for GM Battery Plant

LORDSTOWN, Ohio – General Motors  received another necessary certification for its proposed $2.3 billion battery plant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. 

The state regulatory agency approved the storm water permit for the plant,  which GM plans to build in partnership with LG Chem at a 158-acre site in Lordstown.  

Last week, Ohio EPA approved a water quality certification permit for the project. GM officials have said they want to break ground on the plant this month.  

The storm water permit details how the applicant will manage runoff so as not to impact state waters, according to Ohio EPA spokesman James Lee.  

“Securing the storm water permit is another important element that was required before we can begin construction,” GM spokesman Dan Flores said. 

GM still needs authorization on an air quality permit from the agency, as well approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fill in streams and wetlands before it can move forward on the project. The water quality certification was a “required component” of the Army Corps’ permit.

Last week, GM was awaiting approval of construction permits for the project. Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill said he expected GM to submit materials to the village soon, but because of the size and scope of the project, the village might have to approve it in pieces. 

Pictured: Part of the 158-acre site in Lordstown where GM and LG Chem plan to build a $2.3 billion battery plant.

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