Ohio EPA to Take Comments on Revisions to Ohio’s Sulfur Dioxide Rules

Ohio EPA is holding a hearing concerning proposed changes to Ohio’s sulfur dioxide rules as part of the Agency five-year rule review. The rules under review set limits, testing and record-keeping requirements for sulfur dioxide emissions from sources in the state.

Ohio EPA’s public hearing will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. Upon arrival, registration with a photo ID at the security desk is required.

A public comment period was held through Aug. 26 of this year and several changes were made as a result of those comments. Among the proposed amendments being considered are:

  • removal of facility specific information for permanently shut down facilities and emissions units; and 
  • corrections to existing facility information. 

If facilities that are shut down were to restart, a new permit-to-install would be necessary. A new permit would require current modeling and new emissions limits that would meet current requirements and technology options.

Comments on the proposed rule changes may be presented at the hearing or submitted to Paul Braun at paul.braun@epa.ohio.gov, or sent to: Ohio EPA Lazarus Government Center, Attention: Paul Braun, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. The public comment period ends January 6, 2017.

For more information on the rules and associated documents see the proposed rules at www.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.

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