News and Analysis
DeWine Budget Seeks Funding Boost for H2OhioFebruary 3, 2023
Under Gov. Mike DeWine’s FY2024-25 budget, H2Ohio — the administration’s water quality initiative — would see $307.2 million in funding over the biennium, up from $172 million under current levels.
According to Gongwer News Service, much of the new spending would be tied to an H2Ohio Rivers Initiative outlined in the State of the State address. 2/2/2023
Report: White House Issues Most Significant Action on GHG Emissions Since 2016February 3, 2023
The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) recently issued interim guidance instructing federal agencies on how to assess the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change when evaluating major federal actions under the National Environmental Policy Act.
OMA Connections Partner Thompson Hine says the CEQ’s guidance is effective immediately, even as the CEQ gathers public comments until March 10. 2/2/2023
GOP AGs Seek to Block Biden’s ESG Retirement RuleFebruary 3, 2023
The Biden administration’s 65-page rule to allow retirement plans to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations took effect this week.
Twenty-five GOP attorneys general, including Ohio AG Dave Yost, have sued to block the rule, saying it will unleash activist retirement plan managers and threaten workers’ savings. Also, 49 U.S. senators are backing a measure to cancel the rule 1/30/2023
OMA Joins Call to Fix SEC’s Climate Disclosure RuleJanuary 27, 2023
The OMA has signed onto a letter organized by the National Association of Manufacturers calling on U.S. House and Senate leaders to work with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to make the agency’s proposed climate disclosures rule more workable for manufacturers.
Last year, the SEC unveiled a proposal to institute sweeping climate disclosure obligations for publicly traded companies. The proposed rule would mandate reporting on complex climate-related information — including greenhouse gas emissions — regardless of whether the information has an impact on financial performance. 1/23/2023
Virtual Training: Hazardous Waste OperationsJanuary 27, 2023
On Feb. 13, Ohio BWC will conduct a virtual training session for individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances. The course will cover decontamination requirements, including how to conduct spill control. Click here for more information or to register. 1/25/2023
Legal Challenges to New WOTUS Rule UnderwayJanuary 27, 2023
As reported earlier, the Biden administration recently published a final rule establishing a revised definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. While the rule won’t become effective until March 20, legal challenges have already begun, according to this update from Thompson Hine, an OMA Connections Partner. 1/23/2023
Legal Challenges Ahead for New WOTUS DefinitionJanuary 20, 2023
Republican-led states are preparing to go to court to challenge the Biden administration’s new definition of waterways and wetlands that are subject to federal permitting requirements, according to reports.
The administration’s definition of waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) was published Jan. 18 in the Federal Register, triggering a 60-day deadline for lawsuits before the rule takes effect in March. See analyses by OMA Connections Partners Thompson Hine and Jones Day. 1/18/2023
OMA Supports Improvements to Emissions-related LawJanuary 20, 2023
The OMA this week joined other Ohio trade groups in submitting joint comments to Ohio EPA in support of the agency’s scheduled maintenance and malfunction rules, which offer improvements to existing law related to the Clean Air Act.
The OMA supported the agency’s definition of “malfunction” and proposal to maintain certain existing malfunction/shutdown exceptions, while also supporting an extended timeline for submission of malfunction reports. 1/19/2023
Webinar: Ohio EPA’s Online Compliance ToolJanuary 13, 2023
Ohio EPA recently announced the release of a new and improved version of the agency’s Permit Wizard — an online application that helps new and existing small businesses identify necessary environmental permits, licenses, or registrations anonymously.
The agency invites OMA members to participate in a brief tutorial webinar on Thursday, Jan. 19 to provide information on how to use this resource. Register here. 1/10/2023
U.S. EPA Proposes Changing PM 2.5 StandardJanuary 13, 2023
On Jan. 6, the U.S. EPA announced it would reconsider National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter, also known as the PM 2.5 standard.
The National Association of Manufacturers criticized the announcement, with NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons saying U.S. air quality has improved by more than 30% during the past 20 years, while production and energy consumption have grown. Changing the standard will only further weaken an already slowing economy, Timmons said. 1/10/2023