News and Analysis
In response to members’ requests for meetings to be held around the state, the OMA Environment Committee will meet in Cleveland on October 26.
The meeting will be held at the ArcelorMittal Media Center, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and includes lunch.
Following the meeting there will be a tour of the facility. Tour spots are limited to 30 so please register as soon as possible. This facility is home to one of the most productive integrated steel making facilities in the world.
The committee will cover:
- Updates on Ohio’s new beneficial use program
- Fall 2017 legislative and regulatory overview
- An update on the Storm Water General Permit provisions dealing with benchmark exceedances and how these might impact your operations
- Lake Erie Commissions Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2018: impacts on Ohio manufacturing
All members are welcome. Register here. 10/12/2017
Ohio EPA has issued an Early Stakeholder Outreach (ESO) concerning the potential to develop an Ohio-specific rule to conditionally exclude hazardous waste contaminated textile products that are not currently excluded under the solvent wipe rule. It would include gloves, aprons, smocks and uniforms that are laundered and returned to service.
Comments are due by November 3, 2017. Please contact OMA’s Rob Brundrett with questions or comments. 10/12/2017
At Ohio EPA’s first sustainability conference this week OMA members were among companies recognized for their sustainability efforts.
Bendix and Kenworth earned Silver Level Encouraging Environmental Excellence Awards, while Crown Equipment, General Motors and Honda were awarded Gold Level Encouraging Environmental Excellence Awards.
Click here to learn more about Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program and how to apply. 10/5/2017
OMA submitted two additional sets of comments to Ohio EPA in response to its updated draft rules for startup, shutdown or malfunction and scheduled maintenance rules as they pertain to air pollution control equipment.
The first set of comments was submitted in conjunction with other business allies and outlined four specific areas of needed change. The second set of comments was submitted by OMA alone and focused on maintenance days for specific equipment used in certain manufacturing industries. 10/5/2017
This week the OMA filed comments with the Ohio Lake Erie Commission on its Draft Domestic Action Plan 2018; portions of the plan could be detrimental to manufacturers.
OMA outlined its concern regarding the draft plan’s call for a legislative mandate of a 1.0 mg/L monthly average phosphorus limit for all treatment works in Ohio. OMA wrote: “… this radical and unjustifiable shift in NPDES permitting in Ohio is completely unfounded, arbitrary, contrary to current statutory programs in Ohio, and not scientifically defensible. It would impose unnecessary and extensive costs on regulated parties without measurable decrease in Lake Erie phosphorus loads. … For the Action Plan to meet due process and other legal requirements and to align with the Action Plan’s broader adaptive management protocols, the legislative mandate must be removed from the draft Action Plan.”
The OMA environment committee will learn more about this plan – among other issues – when it meets on October 26 in Cleveland at our host member, ArcelorMittal. Register now. 9/28/2017
Ohio EPA has a few spots left for its Universal Waste webinar on September 27. You can register here.
This webinar will provide an overview of the recently updated rules that govern the management and disposal of universal wastes.
The webinar will be helpful to small and large quantity handlers of universal wastes as well as to transporters and permitted hazardous waste facilities. 9/20/2017
On October 25, 2016, Ohio EPA released draft amended rules for public comment related to changes to Ohio’s startup, shutdown or malfunction and scheduled maintenance rules as they pertain to air pollution control equipment.
The amendments were being made in response to a U.S. EPA call for modifications to the rules on June 12, 2015 in 80 FR 33840.
Ohio EPA is providing the OMA with an additional opportunity to review the changes based on the comments received. Several new amendments were drafted responding to the comments, along with a new amended business impact analysis and a response to comments document for the amended draft rules.
Please let OMA’s Rob Brundrett know if you would like to file additional comments after reviewing the latest changes. The deadline for filing new comments is October 4, 2017. All comments should be sent electronically to EPA’s Paul Braun. 9/20/2017
This week Ohio EPA filed with Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) the long awaited universal waste rules governing paint and paint-related wastes among other hazardous wastes.
A public comment period will run until October 17, 2017. A public hearing on this proposed rulemaking will be held in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code. The hearing will be held at Ohio EPA, 50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio in Conference Room A, on October 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
The proposed rules, public notice, and the response to comment documents are available for download on the DERR website on the hazardous waste rules Proposed Rules tab. If you need more information, please contact EPA’s Karen Hale.
A big thank you to all the OMA members who participated in the work group to make these beneficial changes possible. 9/14/2017
This week the OMA along with other business allies across the country sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking the agency to reconsider its 2015 ozone standard.
In the letter the groups state: “Despite over three decades of cleaner air and before states can catch up with EPA’s delays in implementing existing (2008) ozone standards, EPA finalized tighter standards of 70 parts per billion that could bring additional areas of the country into nonattainment.”
Ohio, which has made major strides in air quality over the last 30 years, is vulnerable in some regions of the state falling into nonattainment. Without offsetting reductions in nonattainment areas new manufacturing investment is not permitted.
With the improvements made over the past decades it is important to leave the 2008 ozone standards in place and allow Ohio and other states to work to lower levels in a more reasonable time frame. 9/7/2017
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have released a draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40% by 2025. The draft Ohio plan is a continuation of the Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaboration Implementation Framework finalized by the State of Ohio in early 2017.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will coordinate finalizing the Ohio Domestic Action Plan with Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which each share responsibility for implementing the plan. Each agency will be accountable for implementing their respective areas of authority included in the state plan to meet the overall 40% reduction.
Included in the plan is a proposal to create an annual discharge limit of 1 mg/l of total phosphorous for every permitted facility. This could prove problematic for manufacturers.
Public comments can be emailed to the commission and are being accepted until the close of business on Sept. 25. The commission will host two public meetings on Sept. 12 and 13, 2017, to provide information about the draft plan. Both meetings will be held from 7-9 p.m. The Sept. 12 meeting will be at Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bay Shore Rd, Oregon. The Sept. 13 meeting will be at Painesville Township Hall, 55 Nye Rd., Painesville. 9/7/2017