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Ohio EPA Halts OMA-Opposed Changes to “Malfunction Rule”

December 5, 2008

Ohio EPA Halts OMA-Opposed Changes to “Malfunction Rule”

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Ohio EPA has decided not to modify its existing “malfunction rule.”  Recall, the current rule gives the Ohio EPA the discretion to work with facilities that have legitimate malfunctions of emission control equipment. 

The proposed change would have opened manufacturers to untold liability by forcing manufacturers to report all malfunctions as violations of applicable law.  After receiving strong opposition from the OMA and other industry groups, the Ohio EPA has decided to back off of this proposal.

Ohio Comments on Greenhouse Gas Regulations

December 5, 2008

Ohio Comments on Greenhouse Gas Regulations

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Ohio EPA issued a letter this week to US EPA suggesting that the Clean Air Act (CAA) not be the vehicle for any regulations on greenhouse gasses (GHGs).  The CAA was designed to regulate local pollutants like ozone and particulate matter and is unsuited for global emissions like carbon.  Ohio EPA recommended that Congress pass legislation that accomplishes three goals: 1) regulates GHGs in a manner that is sensitive to state’s whose economies are energy intensive and rely on affordable, reliable coal-fired electricity, 2) contains long-term substantial reduction goals, and 3) creates a uniform national system for the regulation of GHGs rather than a patchwork of state plans.

Seperately, the National Association of Manufacturers issues similar comments stressing the CAA’s inability to adequately and efficiently regulate GHGs.  NAM stressed that the economic effects of regulations be adequately assessed when formulating a policy that will necessarily touch on every aspect of daily life. 

New Ohio Airshed Modeling Tool Available

November 14, 2008

New Ohio Airshed Modeling Tool Available

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Air pollution has been regulated for decades in Ohio.  Yet, there has never been an Ohio-based capacity to model the effects of air pollution controls on the Ohio (or U.S.) airshed.

Some months ago the OMA worked with the Voinovich Center at Ohio University to obtain a grant from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority to fix this problem.  As a result, a modeling framework for ozone, PM2.5 and air toxics has been built.

The system will support “sensitivity/economic analyses for control strategies such as: a) the advisability of retaining certain existing programs, b) the effectiveness of local traffic control measures or other traffic-related projects in improving air quality, and c) local industry-specific control strategies that support State Implementation Plans (SIPs).” 

This is a great development for manufacturers and others who demand economically sensitive, data-based regulatory decision-making.

New Overview of Impaired Waters and Total Maximum Daily Loads Program Web Page Released

November 3, 2008

New Overview of Impaired Waters and Total Maximum Daily Loads Program Web Page Released

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The goal of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters” (33 U.S.C §1251(a)). Under section 303(d) of the CWA, states, territories, and authorized tribes, collectively referred to in the act as “states,” are required to develop lists of impaired waters.  Read more. From OMA Connections Partner, RMT, Inc.

RMT Air Services FAQs

October 31, 2008

RMT Air Services FAQs

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Updated Tips for using Ohio EPA Air Services System As of June 30, 2008, all Title V facilities and SMTV/FESOP facilities in Ohio are required to use the new EPA Air Services system for all air permitting and associated reporting. RMT has prepared important tips about using the EPA Air Services system and identifies the updates made in the system since its implementation.   From OMA Connections Partner, RMT, Inc.

New Ohio EPA Water Rules: Input Sought

October 16, 2008

New Ohio EPA Water Rules: Input Sought

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On August 15, Ohio EPA released the first part of a proposed revision to Ohio’s surface water quality rules.  The proposal is the first of a 4-part series of surface water rule revisions, with the remaining three to focus on Section 401 program requirements  (affecting activities in streams and wetlands), anti-degradation, and new stream impact mitigation requirements.  The final rule package on new stream impact mitigation will be released in early 2009.  Ohio EPA has extended the comment period on all packages to 60 days after the release of the stream impact mitigation package.

You will find a memorandum summarizing the changes to water quality standards here.  The OMA will be working with counsel at Bricker and Eckler to develop an analysis of each rule package.  Please sign up for the OMA Environment Committee if you would like to follow, and effect, this issue as it progresses.
In the coming weeks the OMA will notify Ohio EPA of industry concerns.  Please contact Kevin Schmidt at the OMA if you have questions or concerns regarding the proposed changes.

Great Lakes Compact Signed by President

October 10, 2008

Great Lakes Compact Signed by President

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On October 3rd, President Bush signed the Great Lakes Compact, a multi-state agreement on water usage within the Great Lakes Basin.  The Council of Great Lakes Industries has prepared this document explaining the history of the Compact and summarizing what the Compact achieves.  Ohio must pass legislation implementing the provisions of the Compact.  It is expected that the Ohio legislature will tackle this issue next year.

OMA/RMT Inc. Webinar Recording: Ohio EPA’s New Air Services System: Required for Permitting & Reporting – Recorded 08/20/2008

October 8, 2008

OMA/RMT Inc. Webinar Recording: Ohio EPA’s New Air Services System: Required for Permitting & Reporting – Recorded 08/20/2008

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This learning event will assist facilities in setting up an account, obtaining a PIN, activating the PIN, requesting facility access under Air Services, navigating the web-based program, and practical, “real world” advice on navigating the ins and outs of the new system.

Environmental Activists File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Pro-Business Reforms

September 26, 2008

Environmental Activists File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Pro-Business Reforms

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With their case before the state Environmental Review and Appeals Commission (ERAC) looking bleaker every day, environmental activists have filed a new lawsuit in federal court challenging pro-business air-permitting reforms contained in SB 265.  Recall, in 2006 the OMA championed SB 265 which made dramatic revisions to Ohio’s Clean Air Act by removing burdensome paperwork requirements for small emission sources and by changing the unpredictable permit-by-permit regulatory approach (with wide variations in treatment) to a standardized, rule-based regulatory method.  Environmentalists contend that the paperwork reductions violate the United States Clean Air Act and will adversely affect Ohio’s air quality.

The OMA and other supporters of SB 265 are reviewing the environmentalists’ lawsuit and developing appropriate countermeasures.  Please sign up to the OMA’s Environmental Committee to stay informed on this important issue.

OMA Staff Presents 2008 Babington Awards

September 12, 2008

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