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Consider Solvent Reuse Programs

October 5, 2018

This post from OMA Connections Partner Resource One reminds manufacturers to take advantage of solvent reuse programs.

Solvent reuse treats materials as a by-product rather than waste. For example, solvents used to clean materials or equipment within your facility are collected after use then labeled and managed as a product. The non-hazardous product can then be used as-is in the cleaning of rail cars and the like. The spent material from this cleaning process can be collected and used as fuel in cement kilns.

Solvent reuse programs can extend the life of materials, reduce hazardous waste, and may be ISO 14001 approved. These programs can reduce manufacturers’ risk and liability and lower EPA generator status. 10/4/2018

Ohio EPA Extends Water Nutrient Comment Deadline

September 21, 2018

This week Ohio EPA announced that the comment period for the Early Stakeholder Outreach of the new Water Quality Standards Program Large River Nutrient rule has been extended by 30 days. Comments are now due by 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2018.

The OMA is actively involved in Ohio regulations regarding nutrients in the state’s bodies of water. If you are interested in participating in the OMA’s nutrient work group, or have questions or comments, please contact Rob Brundrett. You can email comments directly to Ohio EPA here. 9/20/2018

Jones Day Analysis: Trump EPA’s ACE Rule vs. Obama’s Clean Power Plan

September 21, 2018

Outlined in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal published on August 31, 2018, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule would replace the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).

A 60-day public comment period on the proposal ends on October 30.

This white paper from OMA Connections Partner Jones Day examines the differences between the two rules and concludes with an analysis of the costs and benefits of CPP vs. ACE. 9/14/2018

Ohio By-Product Synergy Network to Meet

September 14, 2018

The Ohio By-Product Synergy (PBS) Network’s Year 9 Kickoff will be on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Ohio By-Product Synergy Network is a program focused on developing material synergies between companies, so that one company’s waste or by-product material can become another company’s raw material input.

The keynote presenter is Craig Butler, Director, Ohio EPA, speaking on his vision for the circular economy.

The meeting will be at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229.

Register here. Address any questions to Megan Moses, Ohio BPS Network, (614) 668-1926. 9/13/2018

Organic Materials You May Not Think to Compost

September 14, 2018

OMA Connections Partner Resource-One wrote a short post reminding manufacturers that there are all sorts of materials that can be composted instead of discarded as waste.

While many companies immediately think of food scraps for composting a whole litany of other organic materials can likewise be composted including paper products and many types of rags and wipes. 9/12/2018

Ohio EPA Addressing River Nutrient Standards

September 7, 2018

Ohio EPA has issued Early Stakeholder Outreach regarding a new water quality standards rule that would address large river nutrients. You can read the related documents on the EPA’s website.

This rule is designed to cover Ohio’s standards for eutrophication endpoints in Ohio’s Large River Assessment Units. In addition, a target phosphorus concentration is being considered for river segments that are over-enriched as demonstrated by the standard. This would be an entirely new rule.

Ohio EPA defends the proposed rule stating that eutrophication of a water body is the result of releasing excess amounts of nutrients. If left unchecked, eutrophication can lead to harmful algal blooms (HABs), the depletion of oxygen, and fish kills. Eutrophication is one of the leading causes of impairment of aquatic life in Ohio’s lakes, streams, and rivers.

Since 2002, Ohio has been working to establish empirically-based targets that link excessive amounts of nutrients to water quality problems that excessive nutrients create. This rule will establish indicators for nutrient enrichment in Ohio’s large rivers.

The OMA is actively involved in Ohio regulations regarding nutrients in the state’s bodies of water. If you are interested in participating in the OMA’s nutrient work group, or have questions or comments, please contact Rob Brundrett.

Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on this Early Stakeholder Outreach until September 26, 2018. Email your comments to Ohio EPA here. 9/6/2018

U.S. EPA Launches the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) System

September 7, 2018

From Ohio EPA: “U.S. EPA has established a national system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically. This system, known as e-Manifest, modernizes the nation’s cradle-to-grave hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, resources and money for industry and states. Generators, transporters and receiving facilities have the option of using electronic manifests. Receiving facilities must submit manifests to U.S. EPA and pay a user fee for each manifest submitted. The final user fees for the e-Manifest system are effective from June 30, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019. Generators and transporters are not required to use e-Manifest but are strongly encouraged to work with their receiving facilities to see how they will be impacted by the new system.

“Visit Ohio EPA’s YouTube Channel to view a video recording about the e-Manifest system. This presentation covers an introduction of e-Manifest including a demonstration of system registration.”

Read more from Ohio EPA here. 9/5/2018

“Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie”

August 31, 2018

This Tuesday, the “Toward A Cleaner Lake Erie Working Group” met for the first time to discuss possible strategies to fight the algal blooms forming on Lake Erie.

Four researchers presented:

  • Cathann Kress, Vice President of Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University
  • Christopher Winslow, Director of Ohio Sea Grant and The Ohio State University Stone Lab
  • Lee Norfleet, Modeling Team Leader at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Resources Assessment Division
  • Laura Johnson, Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University

The working group is expected to have its second hearing in late September or early October, most likely in northwest Ohio. 8/30/2018

U.S. EPA Administrator Wheeler Visits Ohio

August 31, 2018

This week acting U.S. EPA Administrator and Ohio native Andrew Wheeler stopped in Zanesville to meet with local officials about the new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which the Trump administration has proposed to replace the controversial Clean Power Plan set in motion under the Obama administration.

According to Wheeler, under the ACE rule, U.S. EPA will set guidelines, but ultimate control over the rule’s implementation will be left to the individual states.

As are other stakeholders, the OMA is reviewing the proposed rule to understand the impact it could have on the Ohio’s deregulated electric generation markets and individual impacts that the rule could have on manufacturers. 8/30/2018

EPA Releases Draft Rules on Dredged Material – Summit Scheduled

August 24, 2018

This week Ohio EPA released the interested party draft of the beneficial use rules in OAC 3745-599. This draft focuses on expanding Ohio regulations to include provisions for the use, management, and placement of dredge from a federal navigation channel or connected commercial maritime port facility. Comments will be accepted through August 27, 2018.

Registration is now open for the October 15, 2018, Ohio Dredged Material Summit in Elyria, Ohio.

In 2016, Ohio held the Digging Up Ideas Workshop, to help identify alternatives for the dredged material and barriers to possible use. This Summit is a follow up to that workshop and will focus on implementation planning. 8/23/2018