Conferees Make Positive Changes to Environment Portion of Budget


Late Tuesday night House and Senate conferees reviewed and settled around 600 differences between the two chambers’ versions of the state budget bill, including portions of the budget related to environmental law. Included in the final language was an amended version of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) language that was first introduced by the governor. The new provision, which OMA worked on with other interested parties and the agency, was accepted by the conference committee. The provision outlines Ohio’s new statutory procedure for establishing TMDL limits for a body of water. The committee also agreed to keep in the provision that eliminates fees associated with alternative daily cover (ADC). The OMA backed provision will help create a stronger market for ADC materials in Ohio. 6/28/2017