This week, the Ohio EPA hosted calls to notify stakeholders in the Cincinnati and Cleveland areas that both regions will not be in attainment under the federal ozone standard of 2015. Both regions are required to be in compliance with the standard by Aug. 3, 2021.
Because both regions are reporting higher ozone numbers, they will considered as being in “moderate non-attainment.” This status change will trigger additional compliance requirements under the federal Clean Air Act, including emissions offsets.
The OMA will continue to work with members and Ohio EPA on Ohio’s responses to these new challenges. Ohio EPA says they are working with other states to examine non-point source solutions — not just point sources, which tend to punish manufacturers. 9/17/2020