News and Analysis
Choosing an Environmental Consultant
Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) has prepared a new fact sheet about how to hire an environmental consultant. It includes resources available to Ohio businesses, some at no charge. And many more resources are available at OCAAP’s website.
Ohio EPA Proposes Changing Hazardous Waste Reporting
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Ohio EPA is asking for interested parties to comment on a rule change regarding hazardous waste reporting requirements. The proposal would change the frequency with which regulated facilities must submit a hazardous waste report to Ohio EPA from an annual basis to a biennial basis.
The change was authorized in environmental legislation that passed last summer and took effect in September.
Ohio EPA Seeks Stakeholder Input on Beneficial Use
This week the Ohio EPA held its second stakeholder meeting regarding a new regulatory system for beneficial use. A third, and final, preliminary meeting will be held on December 11. The meetings are informational, and Ohio EPA is requesting feedback from interested parties,as well. To sign up for Ohio EPA’s beneficial use listserve please visit its website. If you would like to participate in future Ohio EPA meetings or have any feedback please contact Rob Brundrett.
Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court on EPA Penalty Calculation
The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by the Tenth District Court of Appeals that confirmed it employed the proper method for calculating civil penalties against an industrial facility for noncompliance with its air-pollution-control permit. The Courts both ruled that it is proper to assess the penalty stated in the permit from the initial date of noncompliance until the facility demonstrates it is no longer violating the permit.
New NAM Report: $1.3 billion Economic Impact of U.S. EPA Proposals on Ohio
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a new study, A Critical Review of the Benefits and Costs of EPA Regulations on the U.S. Economy, that examines the harmful impact of several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on Ohio’s economy.
The study finds that the annual compliance costs of the EPA’s proposed Utility MACT, Boiler MACT and Coal Combustion Residuals regulations on Ohio will be $1.3 billion. OMA co-released the study to Ohio media.
Ohio EPA to Hold Stakeholder Information Session on Beneficial Use
The Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) is working on a beneficial use plan of industrial byproducts and stakeholders have shown considerable interest. Therefore, the DMWM has planned a 2-hour informational stakeholder meeting on Thursday, December 6. It is offered via webinar and in person (Lazarus Building, Conference Room B, Columbus).
Email Deb Hoffman or call her (614)728-5353 to learn more or RSVP. If there is sufficient interest among people who cannot attend the December 6 session, another session might be scheduled on December 11.
Contact Rob Brundrett for more information on OMA’s involvement with this issue.
New Shale Wells Not Hurting Ohio Air
Ohioans can continue breathing easy for now, even with all the new shale well drilling taking place. Late last week the Ohio EPA announced that air quality testing at a shale gas well site in Muskingum County has not found any violations of federal air standards.
The Ohio EPA started collecting the data to determine if the wells were having an adverse effect on air quality. While the preliminary findings present good news, Ohio EPA plans to continue monitoring multiple well sites for the next several years.
Ohio EPA Discusses Beneficial Use with the OMA Environment Committee
This week, staff from Ohio EPA sat down with the OMA Environment Committee to discuss the agency’s process for developing a regulatory program for beneficial use. Beneficial use is the use of industrial byproducts to replace or supplement a raw material or competing product.
Ohio EPA plans to hold regional stakeholder meetings in the near future to gather input on possible rules. We’ll advise you of the meeting schedule.
Pictured left to right: Ohio EPA’s John Schierberl, Dan Harris, and Brad Hauser.
Recycling Market Development Grants Available from Ohio EPA
To boost recycling activity in Ohio, the Ohio EPA will offer grant funding to Ohio businesses that propose to create infrastructure for successful markets of recyclable materials and related products. The grant program seeks proposals involving materials collected or processed in Ohio.
Business applicants will be required to work under contract with an eligible governmental agency serving as a “pass-through agency” for documenting and receiving funds. Any cooperating enterprise (private sector business) must commit to matching funds. Grants up to $250,000 will be available, with greater or lesser amounts available depending on specific projects.
Interested parties can attend an informational meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Road, Building E, Columbus, in the assembly center. (Those attending should bring photo I.D.) Contact Chet Chaney, environmental supervisor, Ohio EPA to learn more.
OU Leads Workshop on Greenhouse Gas
Ohio University Voinovich School’s Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment put on a one-day workshop focused on the U.S. EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The school is developing an informative exchange among Ohio business and state agencies affected by the reporting program.
Attendees heard from speakers on topics such as energy efficiency, implementing sustainable energy strategies, and state and federal emissions reporting policies.