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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

McColley, Reineke Introduce Resolution Urging US EPA to Withdraw Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulations

March 22, 2024

This week, State Senators Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) introduced a resolution urging the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the proposed rule that would set new carbon dioxide limits for fossil fuel-fired power plants.

The proposed rule would set limits for newer gas-fired combustion turbines as well as existing coal, oil and gas-fired steam generating units. 3/20/2024

EPA Softens Final Auto Greenhouse Gas Rule After Automaker Pushback

March 22, 2024

The U.S. EPA has softened its final multi-pollutant rule for passenger vehicle after significant pushback from auto-makers.

The agency’s March 20 final rule includes new analysis highlighting automakers’ ability to comply with the new requirements in an attempt to stifle legal and political attacks that the regulation is a de facto electric vehicle mandate. 3/20/2024

Supreme Court Poised to Strike US EPA Good Neighbor Rule

March 15, 2024

A recent article reported that the Supreme Court appears poised to place limits on the US EPA’s good neighbor rule targeting 23 states for cross-state emissions. A majority of justices have expressed their skepticism about the EPA’s rule, which targets 23 states to cut ozone pollution, with concerns raised about its validity and potential impacts on major industries like manufacturing. Justice Brett Kavanaugh specifically criticized the EPA, stating they “didn’t have an explanation” for the justification, referring to it as a “goose egg.”

OMA Counsel at Bricker Graydon produced this memo for OMA members outlining the current lawsuit from Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia requesting a stay on the rule.

3/12/2024

How to Navigate the Final SEC Climate Rule

March 15, 2024

Last week, the final climate-related disclosure rule was adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a rule which the OMA opposed and was able to blunt with the removal of scope 3 emission disclosure.

OMA Counsel at Bricker Graydon has produced a memo for the OMA breaking down what the rule changes, the impact on manufacturers, and the ongoing appeal process.

Still, the rule presents a new list of challenges and obstacles for manufacturers. OMA Connections Partner RSM has published this article laying out how companies can navigate and strategize the reporting process while keeping it streamlined and efficient. 3/12/2024