11/17/20
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Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Landfill Explosive Gas Monitoring Rules

Virtual Public Meeting Set Nov. 30

Proposed rule changes that address regulations for explosive gas monitoring at municipal solid waste landfills will be the subject of a virtual public hearing on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. 

During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., the public can submit written comments on the record about the proposed rules. Citizens who want to participate must preregister in advance of the meeting.

The action is part of Ohio EPA’s five-year rule review process. If adopted, some of the rule changes would:

  • clarify the level of explosive gas that poses a threat to human health and safety;
  • cover landfill explosive gas monitoring plans required for all solid waste landfill facilities subject to the rule, add language allowing the Ohio EPA director to require the preparation and submittal of a new or revised explosive gas monitoring plan, ensure all plans statewide are current and appropriately designed, and partition monitoring requirements that will allow facilities to have smaller monitoring plans which will cut time and costs of preparing plans, and ensure consistency in monitoring and remediating explosive gas;
  • recognize that the Ohio EPA director may require previously excluded captive landfills to manage and remediate explosive gas migration toward occupied structures (captive landfills contain industrial waste and are only used by the companies that own them);
  • allow the use of alternative monitoring devices in lieu of probes;
  • provide direction for statewide consistency in calibrating equipment used to sample explosive gas monitors and proper management of explosive gas alarms in occupied structures;
  • clarify the appropriate design, placement, and construction of explosive gas monitoring probes and alternative monitoring devices to ensure detection of explosive gas migration towards all occupied structures; and
  • require explosive gas monitoring as when new structures constructed within 1,000 feet of the facility become occupied.

Ohio EPA is currently accepting public comments about the proposed rules. The public comment period ends on Nov. 30, the day of the virtual public hearing. Written comments can be submitted during the virtual hearing or emailed to michelle.mountjoy@epa.ohio.gov. More information about the proposed rules is available on Ohio EPA’s website. See information under the “Proposed Rules” tab.

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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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