OMA Expresses Concerns to Ohio EPA re. its Permitting Authority

This week the OMA sent a letter to Ohio EPA regarding the agency’s “General Permit Authorization for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activity from Oil and Gas Linear Transmission Line and Gathering Line Installation.” The OMA has serious questions about whether Ohio EPA has the legal authority to promulgate the permit.

OMA wrote: “… the OMA is concerned with the precedential effect that promulgation of this Permit may have in Ohio. Specifically, the OMA is concerned with other industries and/or activities that Ohio EPA may next attempt to regulate, under the same questionable legal authority as it now uses to issue this “non-NPDES” stormwater permit.” 6/28/2018