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OMA Educates State on Glass Recycling

December 18, 2009

OMA Educates State on Glass Recycling

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As part of an Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ stakeholder meeting this month on glass recycling, the OMA, in conjunction with O-I and the Ohio Environmental Council, shared a white paper detailing the benefits to Ohio of robust and effective glass recycling programs.  Ohio’s glass industry can benefit from improved recycling through reduced energy usage and a reduced carbon footprint.

The OMA is committed to educating policymakers about the benefits that cost-effective recycling programs can have on Ohio’s environment and economy by reducing reliance on landfills and providing Ohio manufacturers with raw materials for their processes. 

Manufacturers’ Associations to the President on Copenhagen: Be Careful

December 17, 2009

Manufacturers’ Associations to the President on Copenhagen: Be Careful

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The National Association of Manufacturers, the OMA and 28 other state associations wrote a letter to President Obama on the eve of his trip to the U. N. Conference on Climate Change.   The associations asked the President to “carefully consider first and foremost the impact any commitments made will have on jobs and economic growth in the United States.”

 “As our country struggles to emerge from the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression, we are opposed to any commitments that would give an edge to overseas competitors at the expense of domestic investment and job growth in the United States,” the associations wrote. “Moreover, we are concerned that the competitive damage would be especially severe if the United States acts unilaterally while other manufacturing economies do not limit their own emissions.”

Economic Endangerment: U.S. EPA Finalizes GHG Endangerment Finding

December 10, 2009

Economic Endangerment: U.S. EPA Finalizes GHG Endangerment Finding

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This week, U.S. EPA announced its final endangerment finding regarding greenhouse gases (GHGs).  This move paves the way for U.S. EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and other GHGs through the Clean Air Act.

The Clean Air Act requires U.S. EPA to regulate any emissions in excess of 250 tons that it finds endanger public health.  While USA has a proposed “tailoring rule” that would limit regulation of GHGs to those sources emitting 25,000 tons are more, it is unclear if it has the statutory authority to do so.

“By forcing manufacturers to meet unrealistic goals and placing burdensome costs on them, the EPA is hurting America’s competitiveness,”  responded NAM.

The OMA is hosting a webinar with Bricker & Eckler and Environ on December 15 to discuss U.S. EPA GHG rules. 

New EPA Effluent Guidelines for Discharges from Construction Sites

December 8, 2009

New EPA Effluent Guidelines for Discharges from Construction Sites

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On December 1, 2009 the EPA published new effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs) and new source performance standards (NSPS) regulating the discharge of pollutants from construction sites, 40 C.F.R. Part 450. The guidelines become effective on February 1, 2010.  From OMA Connections Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Antifreeze Bill Passes Committee; OMA has Concerns

December 3, 2009

Antifreeze Bill Passes Committee; OMA has Concerns

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The House Public Safety Committee affirmatively voted out HB 96 (Skindell, D-13, Cleveland) this week which requires manufacturers that sell antifreeze in Ohio to include a bittering agent in the formula to help prevent pets from being poisoned.  The OMA went on record opposing some bill provisions including the requirement that, upon request, specific chemical recipes be made public and that failure to do so would result in criminal penalties.  It is unclear whether or not the bill will be voted out of the full House this year.  Contact Kevin Schmidt if you have concerns or would like to learn more about this issue.

OMA Environment Committee Materials – 11/19/2009

November 19, 2009

OMA Environment Committee Materials – 11/19/2009

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OMA Environment Committee Materials – 11/19/2009

November 19, 2009

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OMA Hears From Ohio EPA on Air Regulations

November 19, 2009

OMA Hears From Ohio EPA on Air Regulations

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Bob Hodanbosi, Chief of the Division of Air Pollution at Ohio EPA, addressed the OMA’s Environment Committee this week.  Mr. Hodanbosi discussed issues facing Ohio in the near future including ozone and particulate matter regulations, GHG regulations, and U.S. EPA’s proposed “tailoring” rule that would limit GHG regulations to facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalents.  Regarding the tailoring rule, Mr. Hodanbosi expressed concern that the proposed 25,000 ton limit may include a lot more sources that U.S. EPA expects. 

U.S. EPA Announces Bad Greenhouse Gas Rule

October 30, 2009

U.S. EPA Announces Bad Greenhouse Gas Rule

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The National Association of Manufacturers’ asks manufacturers to sign a letter opposing new rules proposed by the U.S. EPA:
On September 30, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposed “tailoring rule” and outlined its regulations for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large industrial facilities while establishing a process to begin regulation of smaller plants.
The EPA proposes to issue permits under its so-called “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” program, in which facilities such as manufacturing plants, power plants and refineries would be required to demonstrate they are using the best technologies to minimize GHG emissions.

This proposed rule is the EPA’s first step toward regulating carbon emissions from large stationary sources that emit more than 25,000 tons of GHG.

Congress, not the EPA, is the appropriate authority to deal with such a complex regulatory issue that needs and deserves transparency and rigorous public debate.

The EPA’s proposed rule is subject to a 60-day comment period, which ends on December 28, 2009.  We urge you to take quick action to help stop EPA from moving forward with these regulations and to let Congress continue to debate the issue by signing the letter at www.nam.org/epa

DC Circuit Court Vacates Common Sense Rule

October 23, 2009

DC Circuit Court Vacates Common Sense Rule

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In response to a Sierra Club appeal, the DC Circuit court last week vacated a long-standing exemption which has allowed certain air sources to operate during startup, shutdown or malfunction events in noncompliance with its permit requirements. This exemption was important to manufacturers installing new equipment because it gave the manufacturer time to tweak the equipment and operations during the initial start up of the unit. The exemption also provided necessary relief during shutdown and malfunction events, which are bound to happen during the life of the equipment.

This is yet another example of courts’ and environmental groups’ failure to comprehend the practical realities of manufacturing. For more information on this recent development see attached memo prepared by Chuck Waterman with Bricker & Eckler, environmental counsel for OMA.