The public hearing process allows individuals to testify on a pending case before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB or Board). The public hearing is a formal proceeding, not an informal meeting. In order to facilitate orderly public hearings and accommodate all interested parties, the procedures outlined below must be followed by everyone.
During the hearing, an OPSB administrative law judge, who conducts the hearing, representatives of other parties in the case, and a court reporter will be seated at the front of the room. There will be a sign-in table near the entrance to the room. If you wish to make a statement at the hearing, please print your name and complete address on the sign-in sheet.
When the hearing begins, the administrative law judge will explain the purpose for the hearing and call forward individuals to present testimony based on the order in which they signed-in. When it is your turn to speak, you will be asked to state your name and address for the record and to swear or affirm that what you are about to say is the truth. Attorneys representing the applicant and other parties may ask you questions on cross-examination.
During the hearing, the administrative law judge presiding over the proceedings will conduct the hearing, and a court reporter will transcribe the hearing. Please respect the rights of other participants. In this regard, anyone who becomes disruptive, or refuses to follow the procedures, may be asked to leave the event. The hearing will end once all witnesses have testified.
If you wish to make a statement, remember to focus your testimony on the issues in the case. Testimony will be considered part of the official record of the case to be reviewed by the Board before they make their final decision. If you give testimony, representatives of the project developer and other parties may ask you questions about your statement.
If you wish to supplement your testimony with an exhibit for the Board’s consideration, a copy of the document, along with a reference to the case number, must be provided to the Board by email at contactOPSB@puco.ohio.gov or by mail at Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
If you have written comments but do not wish to present testimony, or if you have written comments from someone who was unable to attend the hearing, you may submit the comments by email to contactOPSB@puco.ohio.govor by mail to Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215. The written comments will be filed in the case record.