This week the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard sponsor testimony for SB 2 (bill and analysis), which deals with a range of environmental issues. Included in the bill is a provision the OMA has long advocated which exempts slag from certain requirements of the water pollution laws.
Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), the bill’s primary sponsor, and Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler, provided testimony. Many of the bill’s provisions were carried over from Ohio EPA’s Mid Biennium Review bill of the 131st General Assembly.
Proponent testimony is expected the week of February 20. The committee chairman has indicated he wishes to fast track the bill out of committee and to the Senate floor for a full vote. 2/9/2017