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 Wednesday, April 9, 2014
  • Refiling of Proposed Amended Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-31, Permits-to-Install New Sources and Permit-to-Install and Operate Program
    Ohio EPA has refiled proposed amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-31 with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule review (JCARR). The rules were originally filed with the JCARR on January 10, 2014, however Ohio EPA removed the rules from the rulemaking process to make changes due to comments received during the proposed rule comment period which closed February 18, 2014. The rules are not final at this time, pending further review by the JCARR.

    For information on what changes were made to the proposed rule language and to see the new amended rules, please see the amended rule language, synopsis, and response to comments.
 Friday, April 4, 2014
  • Ohio EPA Issues Revised Oil & Gas Well Site General Permits
    Today the Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) issued revised Model General Permits (MGPs) for oil & gas well sites.   MGPs contain the sample permit terms and conditions that permittees would get if they applied for and obtained a General Permit (GP).   DAPC is updating the MGPs in order to incorporate new rule requirements into the terms and conditions.  The revised MGPs include two for the well sites, identified as GP 12.1 and GP 12.2, and two for the unpaved roadways and parking areas, both identified as GP 5.1 (one for Title V facilities one for non-Title V facilities).  These revised MGPs replace the existing GP 12 and GP 5.1.

    Ohio EPA has issued multiple supporting documents to help interested parties understand the revised MGPs.  These documents include:

    •           Qualifying Criteria Document for each of the revised MGPs,

    •           MGP Terms for each of the revised MGPs, and

    •           A fact sheet that describes the changes to the GPs.


    These documents can be found on the web at: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/genpermit/genpermits.aspx.  Once you are on that web site, scroll down to find the discussion concerning the RECENTLY ISSUED MODEL GENERAL PERMITS.  Click on each link under that section to get many of the above documents.  Also, under AVAILABLE MODEL GENERAL PERMITS, you should click on Oil and Gas Well-Site Production Operations link to find application information. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Suttman via e-mail at cheryl.suttman@epa.ohio.gov or via phone at 614-644-3617.  

 Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • Proposal of Rescinded Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-102, General Conformity
    Ohio EPA has completed a review of the rules in this chapter as required under ORC 119.032 (5-yr review) and determined that the rules are no longer necessary. Therefore Ohio EPA has proposed the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-102, "General Conformity," for rescission to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules in this chapter are currently a part of Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Changes made to section 176 of the Clean Air Act and 40 CFR 51.851 make it optional for the states to maintain their own rules for a general conformity SIP. Because Ohio’s rules essentially parrot the language in the federal rules (40 CFR part 92, Subpart B), Ohio EPA determined that continuing to maintain these rules was of no added benefit to Ohio and are requesting that the rules be rescinded.

    Ohio EPA will be holding a public hearing for these rules on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. To view the rule language to be rescinded, please go here. Please see the public hearing notice and synopsis for information on the to-be-rescinded rule language and how to submit comments and/or attend the hearing.
 Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - Nitrogen Oxide Standards Rule
    Ohio EPA has prepared draft rule amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-23. These rules contain the requirements for ascertaining, defining, and measuring ambient air quality as related to concentrations of nitrogen oxides.
               
    Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on the draft rules through Monday, April 14, 2014. Please see the draft rule, public notice, draft rule synopsis, and draft business impact analysis form for information on the rule changes and how to submit comments.
 Tuesday, February 18, 2014
  • Availability of Draft for Comment and Public Hearing - Revision Request for Regional Haze SIP
    Ohio EPA is planning to submit a request to USEPA for a revision of the approved Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP).  This revision requests an extension to the BART compliance date for P. H. Glatfelter.  A public hearing will be held on this draft revision on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM and public comments will be accepted through that date. Please see the public notice for information on attending the hearing and how to submit comments.
 Friday, February 7, 2014
  • On February 7, 2014, Ohio EPA issued a guidance document entitled, “BAT Requirements for Permits Issued On or After February 7, 2014.”  This document supersedes the August 30, 2013 BAT Requirements for Permits Issued On or After October 1, 2013 document.  It contains multiple clarifications and corrections, multiple new Q&As, revisions to the recommended approach to work practice BAT, the addition of a guidance document applicability chart, adjusting the no short-term BAT start date and other miscellaneous updates all based on comments and suggestions from users of the guide.  You can obtain a copy of this document at the http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/sb265.aspx web page.

 Thursday, February 6, 2014
  • Availability of Draft BIA Document for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-102, General Conformity
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has completed a review of the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-102 as required under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 119.032 (5-year review). DAPC finds that the rules in this chapter are no longer necessary and may be rescinded. The rules in this chapter are currently a part of Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Current changes made to section 176 of the Clean Air Act and 40 CFR 51.851 make it optional for the states to maintain their own rules for a general conformity SIP. Because Ohio’s rules essentially parrot the language in the federal rules (40 CFR Part 92, Subpart B), DAPC determined that continuing to maintain these rules was of no added benefit to Ohio and are requesting that the rules be rescinded.

    DAPC has prepared a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) form for the rules in this chapter. Ohio EPA is requesting comments on this form prior to proposing these rules and the BIA to the Joint comittee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments on this form through Monday, March 10, 2014. Please see the public notice for information on how to submit comments.

 Tuesday, January 21, 2014
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Open Burning Program Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-19, "Open Burning Standards." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for open burning in the state of Ohio. Ohio EPA has identified a need to clarify the approved purposes for open burning and is planning to develop amended rule language to codify these clarifications.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, February 21, 2014.
 Thursday, January 16, 2014
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - Facility Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form Rule On behalf of the director of emergency preparedness, Ohio EPA has prepared draft rule amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3750-30-20. This rule requires each owner or operator of a facility that is subject to OAC rule 3750-30-01 to annually prepare a facility emergency and hazardous chemical inventory report. The plan is required to contain the information outlined in this rule. The draft amendments bring the rule into line with federal reporting requirements.
               
    DAPC will be accepting comments on the draft rule through Monday, February 17, 2014. Please see the draft rule, public notice, draft rule synopsis, and draft business impact analysis form for information on the rule changes and how to submit comments.
 Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Proposal of Amended Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-31, Permits-to-Install New Sources and Permit-to-Install and Operate Program  Ohio EPA has proposed amended, new and rescinded rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-31, "Permits to install new sources" to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). These rules contain Ohio's permit-to-install and operate rule. The proposed amendments include language for incorporation of the U.S. EPA requirements for implementation of the New Source Review (NSR) program for fine particulate matter (that is, particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to a nominal 2.5 micrometers, generally referred to as “PM 2.5”), promulgated on May 16, 2008, as well as U.S. EPA’s requirements for establishing increments, significant impact levels, and a significant monitoring concentration for fine particulate pollution, promulgated on October 20, 2010. Ohio EPA has also performed a review and made changes consistent with the requirements of ORC 119.032 (5-yr review).

    Ohio EPA will be holding a public hearing for these rules on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Please see the rule language, synopsis, response to comments and public notice (all linked below) for information on the amended language and how to submit comments and/or attend the hearing.
 Tuesday, January 7, 2014
  • Adoption of Amended OAC Rule 3745-21-09 - Decommissioning of Stage II Vapor Control Systems
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-21-09. On May 9, 2012, the US EPA Administrator signed a notice of final rulemaking determining that onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) systems are in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet which was published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012 (77 FR 28772). In light of the formal declaration by U.S. EPA that the ORVR are in widespread use, Ohio EPA has determined that it is necessary to make amendment to paragraph (DDD) of this rule to allow existing Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDFs) to decommission their stage II systems.

    The rule will be effective as of Friday, January 17, 2014 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended October 7, 2013, a proposal comment period which ended December 6, 2013 and a public hearing held on December 6, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Proposal of Transportation Conformity Rules
    Ohio EPA has proposed rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-101, "Transportation Conformity" to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). After a review to fulfill the requirements of ORC 119.032, 5-year review, Ohio EPA determined that the rules remain necessary, but are not in need of change. The rules have therefore been filed with the JCARR as "No-Change" rules to fulfill the requirements of ORC 119.032.

    The rules are being proposed after a 14-day public comment period ending December 23, 2013. No comments were received.
 Friday, December 13, 2013
  • Submission of Draft Recommended Non-attainment Areas for the 2012 PM 2.5 Air Quality Standard to USEPA
    Ohio EPA has submitted draft recommended nonattainment areas to USEPA for the 2012 annual PM2.5 standard of 12.0 ug/m3.  After considering public comments, Ohio is recommending counties in three areas, Canton, Cleveland and Cincinnati, be designated nonattainment based upon preliminary data from the 2011 to 2013 period. USEPA will review Ohio’s recommendations and prepare their own recommendations that will be finalized in December of 2014.
 Monday, December 9, 2013
  • Availability of Draft BIA Document for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-101, Transportation Conformity
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has completed a review of the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-101 as required under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 119.032 (5-year review). DAPC finds the rules in this chapter necessary and without need of amendment. DAPC has prepared a Business impact Analysis (BIA) form for the rules in this chapter. Ohio EPA is requesting comments on this form prior to proposing these rules and the BIA to the Joint comittee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).

    DAPC will be accepting comments on this form through Monday, December 23, 2013. Please see the public notice for information on how to submit comments.
 Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Accidental Release Prevention Program Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-104, "Accidental Release Prevention Program." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for Ohio’s Accidental Releases Prevention Program. This program requires facilities that store and/or use any of the substances listed in OAC rule 3745-104-04 above a threshold level, to assess the potential risks posed by an accidental release from the facility and to develop a plan that minimizes consequences of such a release.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. DAPC will be accepting comments on potential changes through Friday, January 3, 2014.
 Friday, November 22, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on NOx Budget Trading Program Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-14, "NOx Budget Trading Program." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for Ohio’s NOx Budget Trading Program, also known as the NOx SIP call, plus requirements for NOx emissions from Portland cement kilns and stationary internal combustion engines.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. DAPC will be accepting comments on potential changes through Friday, January 3, 2014.
 Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • Proposed Nonattainment Areas for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 Standard - Amended Public Notice Available
    Ohio EPA has amended Ohio’s recommendations for nonattainment areas for the 2012 annual PM2.5 standard by adding Montgomery County as a county recommended for nonattainment designation. Ohio EPA identified Montgomery County as an additional area that is not attaining the standard based on 2010 to 2012 air quality data. The 3-year design value for monitor 39-113-0031, located in Montgomery County, is 12.3 μg/m3. Please refer to the Amended Public Notice for additional information, how to submit comments or attend a hearing.

  • Stakeholder Input Requested on I/M Program Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-26, "I/M Program Rules and Regulations." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for Ohio’s motor vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program, also known as E-Check. The program currently tests cars in seven counties in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit, and Portage). These rules fulfill a requirement in the Clean Air Act and are a part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone in the Cleveland/Akron/Lorain Metropolitan area.

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, December 20, 2013.
 Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Toxic Air Contaminants Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-114-01, "Toxic Air Contaminants." This rule states that the director may require a permit-to-install, issued in accordance with Chapter 3745-31 of the Administrative Code, for any new or modified air contaminant source that emits a toxic air contaminant as described in the rule and listed in the table of the rule.

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on potential changes through Thursday, December 12, 2013.
 Monday, November 4, 2013
  • Adoption of Amended Rules in OAC Chapter 3745-109 - Clean Air Interstate Rules (CAIR)
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended, rescinded and new rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-109, "Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings." Clean Air Interstate Rules (CAIR) to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The CAIR program establishes a NOx emission trading program as a means for reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides from large electrical generating units in the state of Ohio. The amendments are the results of a review of the rules in this chapter to fulfill the requirements of ORC 119.032 (5-yr review). The amendments are typically minor to correct typos and for clarification and also to update formatting to LSC formatting conventions.

    The rules will be effective as of Thursday, November 14, 2013 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended May 17, 2013, a proposal comment period which ended October 8, 2013 and a public hearing held on October 8, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  
 Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Proposed Nonattainment Areas for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 Standard
    The Ohio EPA is soliciting comments regarding the extent of Ohio’s nonattainment areas for the revised annual PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) which lowered the 1997 annual standard from 15.0 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3)  to 12.0 μg/m3.  The U.S. EPA adopted this revised annual PM2.5 standard effective on December 14, 2012.  The comments received will be used to formulate the State’s formal recommendation proposal to U.S. EPA.  Ohio EPA’s preliminary recommendations are for the following counties to be designated nonattainment for the revised annual PM2.5 standard:  Cuyahoga, Stark, Jefferson, Butler, Clermont, and Hamilton.  The remainder of the State is recommended as unclassifiable/attainment.  Public comments on this draft are being accepted through December 5 2013. Ohio EPA will also be holding public hearings on December 4 (Magnolia, Ohio) and December 5 (Cincinnati, Ohio) of 2013. Please refer to the Public Notice for how to submit comments or attend a hearing. 
 Tuesday, October 29, 2013
  • Submission of Redesignation Request for Logan County Partial Lead Nonattainment Area
    Ohio EPA has submitted to USEPA a request for redesignation to attainment  of the partial Logan County nonattainment area with respect to the 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The partial nonattainment area consists of Sections 27, 28, 33 and 34 of Lake Township. There was only one source of lead emissions in this area, Daido.  Daido was a producer of bearing sleeves for the automotive industry.  In June of 2009, the Daido facility permanently shutdown all lead operations.
 Monday, October 28, 2013
  • Proposal of Amended Rule - OAC Rule 3745-21-09, Stage II Decommisioning at Existing GDFs
    Ohio EPA has proposed draft amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC)  Rule 3745-21-09, "Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Stationary Sources" to the Joint committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). On May 9, 2012, the US EPA Administrator signed a notice of final rulemaking determining that onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) systems are in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet which was published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012 (77 FR 28772). In light of the formal declaration by U.S. EPA that the ORVR are in widespread use, Ohio EPA has determined that it is necessary to make amendment to paragraph (DDD) of this rule to allow existing Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDFs) to decommission their stage II systems.

    Ohio EPA will be holding a public hearing on the proposed rules at 10:30 AM, Friday, December 6, 2013 at Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio. Please see the rule language, synopsis, and public notice  for information on the proposed language and how to submit comments and/or attend the hearing.
 Friday, October 11, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Nitrogen Oxide Standards Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakholder input on potential rule amendments to the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-23, "Nitrogen Oxide Standards." These rules contain the requirements for ascertaining, defining, and measuring ambient air quality as related to concentrations of nitrogen oxides.

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
 Thursday, October 10, 2013
                     
 Tuesday, October 8, 2013
  • Adoption of Amended, Rescinded and new Rules in OAC Chapter 3745-113 - AIM Coatings
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended, rescinded and new rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-113, "Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings." The amendments are typically minor to repair typos and formatting issues after a review to satisfy the requirements of ORC 119.032 (5-yr review). Ohio EPA also removed the automatic reporting requirements in paragraphs (C) to (E) of OAC rule 3745-113-05. 

    The rules will be effective as of Friday, October 18, 2013 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended May 24, 2013, a proposal comment period which ended September 23, 2013 and a public hearing held on September 23, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on ERC Banking Program Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakholder input on potential rule amendments to the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-111, "ERC Banking Program."  These rules contain the rules governing the emission reduction credit (ERC) banking program. ERCs are credits representing the reduction of emissions at a facility that can be used as credit to offset increased emissions at the same or a different facility. This chapter contains requirements defining how these credits are identified, transferred, and applied. 

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, November 8, 2013.
 Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on General Provisions Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakholder input on potential rule amendments to the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-15 . The general provisions include such things as: the authority of the director of Ohio EPA to request the collection and submission of emission information, the measurement of emissions of air contaminants, the requirements for the determination of a “De Minimis” source of air pollution, the requirements in the event of equipment shut down caused by malfunction or maintenance, air pollution nuisances, and other administrative rules.  

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
 Tusday, October 1, 2013
  • Director Extends Compliance Deadline for Installation of Low Permeability Hoses
    The Director of Ohio EPA has signed Findings & Orders extending the Compliance Deadline for facilities complying with paragraph (DDD)(4)(g)(ii) of OAC rule 3745-21-09. Under this paragraph, new gasoline dispensing facilities could be exempt from the requirements of Stage II vapor control if they installed low permeability hoses on their dispensers by October 1, 2013. Due to the unavailability of these hoses on the market, the director has exercised his authority under paragraph (DDD)(5) of OAC rule 3745-21-09 and extended the deadline. The new compliance deadline will be April 1, 2014.
 Friday, September 20, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Infectious and Pathological Incinerator Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakholder input on potential rule amendments to the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapters 3745-75 and 3745-105. The rules contain the requirements for operating either an Infectious Waste Incinerator (OAC chapter 3745-75) or a Pathological Waste Incinerator (OAC chapter 3745-105) in the state of Ohio. Infectious and pathological wastes include items such as hospital wastes and animal wastes that were likely to have been in contact with infectious agents.  

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Monday, October 21, 2013.
 Tuesday, September 17, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Facility Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form Rule
    Ohio EPA is considering potential rule amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3750-30-20. This rule requires each owner or operator of a facility that is subject to OAC rule 3750-30-01 to annually prepare a facility emergency and hazardous chemical inventory report. The plan is required to contain the information outlined in this rule.

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, October 18, 2013.
 Friday, September 13, 2013
  • August 30, 2013 Update to Best Available Technology (BAT) Guidance
    On May 2, 2013, Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control proposed changes to the approach we use to develop Best Available Technology (BAT).  These proposed changes were designed to better align Ohio EPA's BAT program with the law language revised within the 2006 Senate Bill (S.B.) 265.

    Ohio EPA has now completed our review of the comments received and has developed final guidance concerning BAT.  The final guidance can be found here and becomes effective October 1, 2013.

    This guidance memo supersedes the BAT Requirements for Permit Applications Filed on or After August 3, 2009 memo dated December 10, 2009.
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Emergency Episode Rules
    Ohio EPA is considering potential rule amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745-25, "Ambient Air Quality and Emergency Episode Standards."  The rules in this chapter identify the criteria under which an emergency episode exists, and address procedures to be followed and actions to be taken in the event of an emergency. The rules also establish Ohio’s ambient air quality standards.

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Monday, October 14, 2013.       
 Wednesday, September 11, 2013
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on SERC/RTK Rules
    Ohio EPA is considering potential rule amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3750-10-(01, 03, 05, 07, 09), 3750-20-(60, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84), and 3750-75-(02-05, 07-10). These rules contain administrative requirements for the establishment of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), requirements for plan development and exercise by LEPCs, and the identification and use of lock boxes at facilities where hazardous and extremely hazardous substances are stored and used.

    Prior to generating the rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request . DAPC will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, October 11, 2013.
 Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Approval of MATS Extension for Avon Lake Generating Station
    Ohio EPA has granted a one-year extension of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) compliance deadline to NRG Energy for the Gas Addition Project on Units 7 and 9 at the Avon Lake Generating Station in Lorain County, Ohio.  Under 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart UUUUU affected units have until April 16, 2015 to comply with the standard.  This extension extends the compliance deadline for these units to April 16, 2016.
 Thursday, September 5, 2013
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Rule 3745-21-09, Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Stationary Sources, Decommissioning of Stage II Vapor Control Systems 
    Ohio EPA has completed draft amendments  to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-21-09, "Control of Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Stationary Sources."  On May 9, 2012, the US EPA Administrator signed a notice of final rulemaking determining that onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) systems are in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet which was published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012 (77 FR 28772). In light of the formal declaration by U.S. EPA that the ORVR are in widespread use, Ohio EPA has determined that it is necessary to make amendment to paragraph (DDD) of this rule to allow existing Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDFs) to decommission their stage II systems.

    Ohio EPA is accepting comments on the draft language through Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Please see the rule language, synopsis, business impact analysis, and public notice for information on the draft language and how to submit comments.
 Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Approval Redesignation of the Ohio Portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta and Wheeling Areas to Attainment for the 1997 PM 2.5 Standard
    Ohio EPA submitted a redesignation request for the Ohio portion of the Parkersburg-Marietta (Washington County) nonattainment area on February 29, 2012 and the Ohio portion on the Wheeling (Belmont County) nonattainment area on April 16, 2012.  Air quality data based on 2008-2010 has indicated that both areas are attaining the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for PM 2.5. In addition, emissions projections indicate that current controls and existing rules will be more than sufficient to maintain the NAAQS into the future. U.S. EPA has approved Ohio EPA request on August 29, 2013 in the Federal Register (78 FR 53275). This final rule is effective on August 29, 2013.  
 Wednesday, August 21, 2013
  • Availability of Redesignation Request for Logan County 2008 Lead Standard Partial Non-attainment area for Public Comment
    Ohio EPA is making available for comment a draft redesignation and maintenance plan request for the 2008 lead standard for the partial Logan County area to return the area to attainment. Public comments on this draft are being accepted through September 25, 2013. Ohio EPA will also be holding a public hearing at 3:30 PM on September 25, 2013 at the Knowlton Library, 220 N. Main Street, Bellefontaine, OH 43311. Please refer to the Public Notice for how to submit comments or attend the hearing.
 Thursday, August 8, 2013
  • Adoption of Amended OAC Rules 3745-19-01 and 3745-19-04, Open Burning - Air Curtain Burners
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rules 3745-19-01 and 3745-19-04. The amendments to these rules are intended to establish requirements under which air curtain burners can be installed and operated for the open burning of land clearing wastes.

    The rules will be effective as of Sunday, August 18, 2013 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended May 13, 2013, a proposal comment period which ended July 12, 2013 and a public hearing held on July 12, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
 Thursday, August 1, 2013
  • Proposal of Amended Rules in OAC Chapter 3745-113 - "Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings"
    Ohio EPA has proposed draft amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-113, Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings Rules to the Joint committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). These rules regulate emissions of volatile organci compounds (VOC) from AIM coatings distributed or offered for sale in the state of Ohio. The amendments are the results of a review of the rules in this chapter to fulfill the requirements of ORC 119.032 (5-yr review). The amendments are typically minor to correct typos and for clarification and also to update formatting to LSC formatting conventions.

    Ohio EPA will be holding a public hearing on the proposed rules at 10:30 AM, Monday, September 9, 2013 at Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio. Please see the rule language, synopsis, and public notice for information on the proposed language and how to submit comments and/or attend the hearing.
 Monday, July 8, 2013
  • Adoption of Amended NOx RACT Rules
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-110, "NOx RACT Rules." This chapter establishes requirements for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from very large, large, mid-size, and small boilers, stationary combustion turbines, or stationary internal combustion engines as defined in OAC rule 3745- 110-01, or miscellaneous sources located at facilities that emit or have the potential to emit a total of more than one hundred tons per year of NOx emissions from all sources at that facility. NOx is a precursor compound which, along with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can form ozone.

    The rules will be effective as of Thursday, July 18, 2013 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended February 25, 2013, a proposal comment period which ended June 11, 2013 and a public hearing held on July 11, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Adoption of Amended Asbestos Emission Control Rule
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-20-01.  This rule contains definitions used with Ohio's asbestos emission control program. Ohio EPA is amending the definition of "Facility" in paragraph (B)(18) of this rule and deleting the definition of "Residential Exempt Structure" in paragraph (B)(45) of this rule.

    The rules will be effective as of Thursday, July 18, 2013 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended March 20, 2013, a proposal comment period which ended June 7, 2013 and a public hearing held on June 7, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
 Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • Availability of Updated Open Burning Pamphlet - "Before You Light It..."
    Ohio EPA has made available an updated version of the pamphlet "Before you light it... Know Ohio's Open burning Regulations." The pamphlet has been updated to include information on amendments made to the rules during the 5-year review completed in 2012. A copy of the pamphlet can be obtained on Ohio EPA's Open Burning Information website.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • Compliance advisory notice regarding National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE NESHAP) Click here for detailed information
Monday, May 13, 2013
  • On May 13, 2013, Ohio EPA submitted comments on the US EPA proposed SIP deficiency notice on Ohio EPA rules that govern startups. shutdowns and malfunctions.  Click here to read more
Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • Availability of Ohio SO2 Infrastructure SIP for Comment 
    Ohio EPA is making available for public comment a draft of the Statewide Sulfur Dioxide Infrastructure SIP.   The State of Ohio is submitting this documentation in order to comply with the SIP elements required under Section 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide standard. Section 110(a)(1) requires States to submit an implementation plan to the U.S. EPA Administrator that provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Public comments on this draft are being accepted through June 5, 2013. Ohio EPA will also be holding a public hearing at 3:00 PM on June 5, 2013 at Ohio EPA Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio. Please refer to the Public Notice for how to submit comments.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
  • Proposed revision to the Best Available Technology (BAT) Policy for sources installed or modified on or after August 3, 2009.  Ohio EPA is proposing to change guidance concerning how Best Available Technology is determined for sources installed or modified on or after August 3, 2009.  In addition, Ohio EPA is proposing to revise Ohio Administrative Code 3745-31-05 to incorporate the Senate Bill 265 BAT language into the rule.  Copies of the proposal can be obtained here.  Comments are due by Friday, May 31, 2013.
Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Submission of the Revised Parkersburg-Marietta Area Maintenance Plan for the 1997 Eight-Hour Ozone Standard
    Ohio EPA has submitted a revision to the “Request for Redesignation and Maintenance Plan for Ozone Attainment in the Eight-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area–Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH”  (with respect to the 1997 ozone standard). On September 22, 2006, Ohio EPA formally submitted a request for redesignation and a maintenance plan for the Parkersburg-Marietta Area for the 1997 eight-hour ozone standard.  This request was granted by USEPA May 16, 2007 effective upon publication in the Federal Register (72 FR 27652). This current revision is to update mobile emission projections and conformity budgets based on emission rates generated from U.S. EPA’s latest mobile emissions model, the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulation (MOVES) 2010. In December 2009, MOVES replaced MOBILE6.2 as the U.S. EPA’s official emission factor model. The area is still attaining and maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone standard and the point, area and non-road emissions have not changed significantly and did not need to be updated for this submittal.
Friday, April 19, 2013
  • Adoption of Amended VOC Emissions from Stationary Sources Rule - Stage II Vapor Recovery and Automobile Coating AmendmentsOhio EPA has adopted amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-21-09, "Control of emissions of volatile organic compounds from stationary sources and perchloroethylene from dry cleaning facilities." The amendments address a modification in the allowable VOC content of coatings used in lines coating fewer than 35 vehicles per day and add an exemption for new gasoline stations from the requirement to install a Stage II vapor recovery system.The rules will be effective as of Monday, April 29, 2013 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended January 25, 2013, a proposal comment period which ended March 19, 2013 and a public hearing held on March 19, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
  • Submission of the Revised Toledo Maintenance Plan Approval for the 1997 Eight-Hour Ozone StandardOhio EPA has submitted a revision to the “Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for the Toledo Area Ozone Nonattainment Area” with respect to the 1997 ozone standard. On December 22, 2006, Ohio EPA formally submitted a request for redesignation and maintenance plan for the Toledo Area for the 1997 eight-hour ozone standard.  This request was granted by USEPA August 9, 2007 effective upon publication in the Federal Register (72 FR 44784). This revision is to update mobile emission projections and conformity budgets based on emission rates generated from U.S. EPA’s latest mobile emissions model, the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulation (MOVES) 2010. In December 2009, MOVES replaced MOBILE6.2 as the U.S. EPA’s official emission factor model. The area is still attaining and maintaining the 1997 8-hour ozone standard and the point, area and non-road emissions have not changed significantly and did not need to be updated for this submittal.