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Ohio EPA Taking Comments on Revisions to Ohio’s Asbestos Rules
Ohio EPA is taking public comments at a hearing on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, concerning proposed changes to Ohio’s rules related to asbestos hazard abatement contractors, training providers, specialists and other professionals.
The 3 p.m. meeting will be held at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus.
The asbestos hazard abatement rules ensure the public receives safe and proper asbestos abatement, detection and analytical services by requiring those services be provided by trained and licensed personnel. The State’s 2018-19 budget bill, House Bill 49, transferred authority for asbestos-related occupational licensure from the Ohio Department of Health to Ohio EPA, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The transfer will streamline the entire process into one agency and creates a “one-stop shop” for contractors, operators and citizens. Ohio EPA is proposing new rules as a result.
Written and verbal comments on the rules may be presented at the hearing. Written comments also may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Paul Braun, Ohio EPA, Division Air Pollution Control, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. All comments must be received by close of business on Nov. 16. Individuals offering comments at the hearing are required to bring photo ID and register at the security desk. The proposed rules and associated documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website under the Division of Air Pollution Control “Proposed Rules” tab, epa.ohio.gov/dapc/DAPCrules.aspx.
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.