News and Analysis
Title V and Synthetic Minor Title V 2016 annual emissions reports are due April 17, 2017.
Ohio EPA sent information in January summarizing the changes you should expect to see when preparing these forms. Ohio EPA is hosting three webinars to demonstrate how to navigate the changes via the Air Services system and to answer questions you may have about preparing your annual emissions reports:
- Wednesday, March 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 5, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 12, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
To register click here. 3/23/2017
Ohio EPA recently updated its Guide to Environmental Permitting in Ohio.
The guide provides an overview of the permitting process, and helps businesses determine which permits they might need, why a certain permit is required, and how to obtain any necessary permits. 3/23/2017
In a unanimous vote, 33-0, Senate Bill 2 breezed through the Ohio Senate this week. The bill covers a variety of Ohio water issues including, quality, public water systems, landfills and dredging. The bill includes a provision the OMA has strongly advocated which would recognize slag as a marketable product and not a waste under Ohio’s water laws.
The bill exempts slag from excessive regulation while at the same time requiring that it be used in a manner that conforms with appropriate water quality standards. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. 3/16/2017
The OMA Environment Committee had a packed agenda this week. A major focus was water; a panel of manufacturers (The Scotts Miracle Gro Company, ArcelorMittal and Zaclon) discussed water management issues. Manufacturers lead the way in water stewardship, a fact that is not widely understood.
Laura Factor, Assistant Director, Ohio EPA, visited the committee members to discuss the agency’s budget and its priorities for the coming year. A major issue in the budget is a requirement for the agency to fashion new rules on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), in response to a recent court case.
The Clean Water Act also requires each state to establish a TMDL for certain bodies of water. The TMDL establishes the maximum amount of a pollutant that may be discharged without causing the receiving body of water to violate water-quality standards. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Ohio EPA must adhere to Ohio’s statutory rulemaking procedure prior to establishing TMDL’s for a body of water. Read an analysis from OMA environmental counsel Frank Merrill of Bricker & Eckler.
The committee also received a federal environmental update from Greg Bertelsen, Senior Director, Energy and Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers. 3/9/2017
The Ohio EPA is inviting OMA members to participate in its newly launched Ohio Materials Marketplace with the objective to advance Ohio towards a circular material economy.
The free online platform enables Ohio businesses to list by-product and waste materials, as well as post requests for desired materials. The Materials Marketplace aims to assist manufacturers and other businesses in advancing their zero-landfill goals, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing material and waste management costs.
Raw materials, by-products, and massive volumes are welcomed. Materials can range from computer monitors to waste paper to clay.
- Ohio EPA Assistant Director, Laura Factor, and Chief of Legislative Affairs, Greg Vergamini, will brief us on agency news and updates.
- Greg Bertelsen, Senior Director, Energy and Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers, will provide an outlook of Ohio EPA under the Trump administration.
- We’ll have a panel discussion focusing on manufacturers’ water issues.
- And, we’ll also have a state budget bill and legislative update.
Julianne Kurdila, Lead Specialist, Environmental Compliance & Policy, ArcelorMittal, is the committee chair.
Please register here for in-person or call-in attendance. 3/2/2017
Ohio EPA is hosting a webinar focused on Ohio’s new Industrial Storm Water General Permit on Wednesday March 29, at 1:00 p.m. The permit is expected to be renewed in early March 2017.
The webinar will include updates on changes from the previous general permit and resources for industrial storm water permit holders. 2/27/2017
OMA and OMA member McWane-Ductile presented testimony this week in support of SB 2, an environmental bill, to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
In written testimony, OMA’s Rob Brundrett said: “… there is a provision in the bill that OMA has long advocated: common sense regulation of slag. The bill recognizes that slag is a valuable product and not a waste under Ohio’s water laws. Senate Bill 2 exempts slag from excessive regulation while at the same time requiring that slag be used in a manner that conforms with appropriate water quality standards …”
Geoff Guss, Assistant Sales Manager, McWane-Ductile-Ohio, testified: “We think this bill will help improve the quality of our state’s surface water, and also ensure residents of a failing water system that the Ohio EPA will assist them in their time of need. In addition, as the second largest consumer of scrap steel in the state of Ohio, McWane Ductile is glad to see the reclassification of slag, a byproduct of our manufacturing process.” 2/23/2017
Ohio’s solid waste management districts (SWMDs), in collaboration with the OMA and Ohio EPA invite you to participate in a statewide recycling survey. The purpose of the survey is to collect data about the amounts and the types of materials that Ohio businesses recycled in 2016.
Information obtained through this survey will be used to track progress toward local and state recycling goals, assess recycling infrastructure and determine the recycling needs of Ohio’s businesses.
You will send your completed survey directly to your SWMD. The SWMD will combine the data from your business with data reported by other businesses. The combined data will be used to calculate recycling rates for the SWMD. The data collected by all SWMDs will be aggregated and used to calculate recycling rates for the state. OMA reports recycling data in this annual report (page 19).
To access the survey forms for your SWMD and to learn about your SWMD, click here. lf you experience difficulties using the webpage or have questions, contact Ohio EPA’s Ernest Stall at (614) 728-5356. 2/13/2017
House Bill 49, the state operating budget bill, includes provisions that propose how Ohio EPA would establish Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limitations for Ohio’s streams.
Under the bill, Ohio EPA is required to provide for public comment when a TMDL is established, and such decisions would be appealable to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission. The bill also allows for appeals of existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
permits that were based on TMDLs established before March 24, 2015, while retaining the enforceability of any TMDL established before March 25, 2015.
This is a significant change for manufacturers with NPDES direct discharge permits to waters of the state. Read more in this HB 49 analysis. 2/16/2017