Ohio EPA Drafts Rules on Particulate Matter Standards


Ohio EPA issued notice of its review of Ohio Administrative Code Rules pertaining to “Particulate Matter Standards.”  Major revisions include removing regulation and emission limits for air pollution sources that are located at facilities that have been completely and permanently shut down.  The rules also provide an additional compliance option for facilities that are required to use a continuous opacity monitor (COM) to determine compliance with visible emissions requirements. In situations where a COM would not provide accurate visible emissions determinations, such as air contaminant sources that are controlled by wet scrubbers, operators may install a particulate matter continuous monitor (CEM). The rule will also require the air contaminant source to comply with a particulate emissions limit of 0.030 pounds of particulate emissions per million British thermal units of heat input. For more information please review the drafts at the Ohio EPA rule website.