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Universal Waste Ohio Rules Change

January 5, 2018

OMA Connections Partner, Safex, has published this tech bulletin about Ohio’s new universal waste rule that adds three items to the state’s universal waste list: non-empty aerosol cans, hazardous paint and paint related wastes, and hazardous anti-freeze. The rule went into effect on December 21, 2017.

Safex wrote: “… Allowing these items to be classified as universal wastes should simplify the management of hazardous waste for your company.”

Safex is offering a free one-hour webinar – Waste Ohio Rules Change – on Tuesday, January 9 @ 1:00 p.m. Register here. 1/4/2018

Ohio EPA Region 5 has New Administrator

January 5, 2018

According to a December 19, 2017 press release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the appointment of Cathy Stepp to become regional administrator for Region 5, which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“Cathy Stepp currently serves as a principal deputy regional administrator for Region 7 and will return to the Midwest region where she previously served as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2011 to 2017. While serving as a state cabinet secretary, Cathy lead the third largest agency in the state with about 4,000 employees and was responsible for state enforcement and protection of: wildlife, fisheries, state parks, trails, forests, and environmental permitting,” per the release.

Also according to the release, Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler said: “I am very pleased that Cathy Stepp will be the USEPA region 5 administrator.  She is a strong leader with proven state experience. She knows how to get things done and I look forward to working closely with her.” 1/4/2018

Ohio EPA webinar: Getting Started with the 2017 Biennial Hazardous Waste Report

January 5, 2018

This presentation on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. will cover how to electronically file the Hazardous Waste Report for the State of Ohio using Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center through the eDRUMS service. There will be a second presentation to follow that will go over the specifics of filing the report.

Register here. 1/2/2018

Ohio EPA Webinar: Environmental Compliance Assistance Services

January 5, 2018

The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) of the Ohio EPA provides free and confidential assistance to help Ohio businesses comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements, such as completing permit applications and recordkeeping forms.

The office offers assistance with pollution prevention, sustainable materials management, zero waste initiatives and many other sustainability efforts designed to help customers increase profits and efficiency while reducing waste. 

Learn more at this webinar on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. 1/2/2018