The OMA participated and was instrumental in leading a coalition of business and industry groups opposed to a rule that would heighten control requirements on mercury emissions beyond federal standards. In response to this pressure, the agency announced this week that they would no longer press for adoption as proposed.
In 2005 Governor Taft and the Ohio General Assembly supported the cap and trade program in President Bush's Clear Skies Program. Based on that federal program, strongly championed by Sen. George Voinovich, the U.S. EPA developed the Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR), a mercury air emission reduction program which will significantly reduce mercury emissions nationally as well as in Ohio. The following organizations strongly encourage Ohio to adopt this federal program and not regulate beyond the federal CAMR requirements. Ohio's economic competitiveness is at stake.
American Electric Power
Chemistry Technology Council
Ohio Farm Bureau
Ford Motor Company
Industrial Energy Users – Ohio
NFIB – Ohio
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Coal Association
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association
Ohio Municipal Electric Association
Ohio Petroleum Council
Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
The Timken Company