Ohio EPA Accepting Comments on Changes to Surface Water Regulations

Webinar set for Sept. 28; Public Hearing Nov.9

As part of its three year (triennial) review, Ohio EPA is seeking comments about rules related to Ohio’s surface water laws. To explain how to submit proposed changes for consideration and help the public understand the rulemaking process, the Agency will host a webinar at 10 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2016. Preregistration is not required. Click this link to connect to the webinar. Additional information can be found online.

Additionally, a public hearing to accept verbal comments about the triennial review will be held at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 9, 2016, in Conference Room A, Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town St., Columbus. People who wish to attend should bring photo ID.

Among the specific rule changes that Ohio EPA anticipates considering through early stakeholder outreach include: adding criteria covering harbor or navigation maintenance in support of the ban on open lake disposal by 2020; revising language covering exceptions from the application of pesticides; rules related to public health nuisances caused by manure (mirror existing language applied to sewage/bacteria thresholds); applying new or updated national and Ohio criteria for chemicals in aquatic life (as well as national human health criteria for 94 chemicals); and categories of beneficial use designations for water supply, recreation and aquatic life.

In addition, questions about the review may be directed to Dan Dudley at (614) 644-2876 or daniel.dudley@epa.ohio.gov.

Ohio EPA values public input. Written comments are given equal consideration as oral testimony and must be received by November 14, 2016. Comments may be emailed to: dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov; fax: (614) 644-2745; or mailed to: Rule Coordinator, Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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