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OMA to Host Environment Committee on April 24

April 12, 2024

On Wed. Apr. 24, the OMA will hold its first scheduled Environment Committee meeting of the year.

Discussion highlights include:

  • US EPA’s continued onslaught of new regulatory rules, including PM 2.5
  • SEC Climate Disclosure
  • State air emissions rules and NOx non-attainment for Northeast Ohio
  • State Implementation of US EPA’s Nuisance Rule threatening manufacturers with frivolous lawsuits
  • Bond Issue supporting long-term H2Ohio funding

Please join us in-person to enjoy a networking lunch provided by OMA. 4/10/2024

Biden Administration Rolls Out First-Ever Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water

April 12, 2024

The Biden administration this week finalized the first-ever national restrictions on “forever chemicals” also known as PFAS, in drinking water.

Water providers will now be required to test and remove PFAS produced by other industries. Providers will generally have three years to do testing. If those tests exceed the limits, they’ll have two more years to install treatment systems, according to EPA officials. 4/10/2024

U.S. EPA Rules Over 200 Chemical Plants Must Reduce Toxic Emissions

April 12, 2024

The U.S. EPA announced Tuesday that more than 200 chemical plants must begin reducing toxic emissions that have been linked to cancer.

According to EPA assessments, about 104,000 people in the United States live within about 6 miles of facilities that make synthetic organic chemicals and various polymers and resins, including neoprene. 4/08/2024

Ohio Senate Holds First Hearing on Bill to Regulate Carbon Capture

April 12, 2024

This week, the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee held its first hearing on Senate Bill 200, which declares the General Assembly’s intent to regulate carbon capture and storage technologies and the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide for long-term storage.

Sponsored by State Senators Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) and Al Landis (R-Dover), the bill signals that regulation of carbon capture technology is currently being drafted. The OMA will track the bill and provide detailed analysis when more information is available. 4/09/2024

Mandatory Climate Reporting: Everything You Need to Know

April 12, 2024

OMA Connections Partner RSM will host a webinar on May 1 covering how regulatory shifts, including the SEC’s climate-related disclosure mandate and global legislative actions, are reshaping mandatory corporate climate reporting, presenting significant implications for manufacturers.

Click here to register. 4/08/2024

OMA to Host First Environment Committee of 2024

April 5, 2024

On Wed. Apr. 24, the OMA will hold its first scheduled Environment Committee meeting of the year.

Highlights include discussions on:

  • US EPA’s continued onslaught of new regulatory rules, including PM 2.5
  • SEC Climate Disclosure
  • State air emissions rules and NOx non-attainment for Northeast Ohio
  • State Implementation of US EPA’s Nuisance Rule threatening manufacturers with frivolous lawsuits
  • Bond Issue supporting long-term H2Ohio funding

Please join us via Zoom or in-person to enjoy a networking lunch from noon – 1 p.m. provided by OMA. 4/02/2024

Department of Energy Announces Investment in Decarbonizing Technology

March 29, 2024

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $6 billion for 33 projects across more than 20 states to decarbonize energy-intensive industries and reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions.

Recipients include Cleveland-Cliffs Steel Corporation, America’s largest flat-rolled steel producer. The Middletown, OH Cleveland Cliffs project will receive up to $500 million in funding to retire a blast furnace and install two electric furnaces which will reduce emissions at the facility by one million tons of greenhouse gases per year.

I-O Glass Inc. also ranks among the recipients who will see decarbonizing projects launch in their Ohio, California, and Virginia plants.

The OMA will cover these grants at the upcoming Environment and Energy committee meetings in April and May respectively. 3/26/2024

US EPA Finalizes Steel Mill Air Pollution Rules

March 29, 2024

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) finalized its rule to limit previously unregulated emissions from steel mills. This includes hydrochloric acid, mercury, and dioxins/furans, as well as requiring facilities to monitor chromium.

The rule was praised as a compromise by many, as it walked back many of the initial regulations that drew ire from industry leaders and a bipartisan coalition of officials, including U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. 3/26/2024

Ohio EPA to Host Webinar on New Template for SWP3 Construction

March 29, 2024

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) will host a webinar on April 11, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. covering their new template for developing a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWP3).

This webinar will introduce the template and present tips for creating an effective and compliant SWP3. 3/26/2024

Ohio EPA Utilizes Battelle’s PFAS Annihilator

March 22, 2024

Governor DeWine and the Ohio EPA celebrated the launch of a new takeback program for municipal fire departments aimed at destroying toxic PFAS compounds found in firefighting foam known as Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF). This initiative utilizes Battelle’s newly developed PFAS Annihilator to safely dispose of the foam, which is no longer in use at Ohio’s fire departments. The innovative technology not only eradicates the contaminants but does so without generating harmful PFAS byproducts or transferring the PFAS elsewhere in the process.

Governor DeWine commended this technological advancement as a testament to Ohio’s ongoing commitment to pioneering solutions in addressing environmental challenges, stating, “Through this new program, we’re destroying PFAS, which was once believed to be indestructible, to protect our first responders and safeguard the environment.” 3/20/2024