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April 16, 2021
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Ch. 3745-24, "NOx and VOC Emission Statements Rules"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-24, "NOx and VOC Emission Statements Rules." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the submission of emission statements for any facility that emits twenty-five tons or more of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) or twenty-five tons or more of volatile organic compounds (VOC) during the calendar year and is located in a county designated as nonattainment for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments.

  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Ch. 3745-78, "Air Pollution Control Fees Rules"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-78, "Air Pollution Control Fees Rules." The rules in this chapter require owners or operators of certain air permits to submit air pollution emissions data to the director so that emissions fees can be calculated. Title V facilities are required to submit actual emissions data on an annual basis. Non-Title V facilities are required to submit actual emissions data on a bi-annual basis.  Title V facilities are facilities with a potential to emit of any one regulated air pollutant of greater than or equal to one hundred tons per year, or any one hazardous air pollutant (HAP) greater than or equal to ten tons per year, or any combination of HAPs greater than twenty-five tons per year. The rules also require that the owner or operator of these facilities pay fees as specified in division (C) of section 3745.11 of the Revised Code.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments.

April 14, 2021
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Ch. 3745-107, "Affordable Clean Energy Program Rules"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential recission of rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-107, "Affordable Clean Energy Program Rules." The Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE), finalized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency on July 8, 2019 (84 FR 32520), consists of emission guidelines for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing electric utility generating units (EGUs) under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d) that will inform states on the development, submittal, and implementation of state plans to establish performance standards for GHG emissions from certain fossil fuel fired EGUs.

    Ohio EPA is considering rescinding all of the rules in OAC Chapter 3745-107. OAC Chapter 3745-107 was developed to implement federal requirements to establish greenhouse gas performance standards at existing coal-fired EGUs under the ACE Rule {84 FR 32520}. On January 19, 2021 the United States Court of Appeals (USCOA) for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a ruling on USCOA Case #19-1140 vacating U.S. EPA’s ACE Rule. With this vacature, OAC Chapter 3745-107 is not applicable to any sources in the State of Ohio and therefore these rules are no longer necessary.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, May 14, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments.

April 13, 2021
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-18, "Sulfur Dioxide Regulations"
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available for public comment draft rule language and a draft of the business impact analysis (BIA) document in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-18, "Sulfur Dioxide Regulations." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the prevention of emissions of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere from fuel burning and process equipment. The rules are a part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required by the Clean Air Act.

    DAPC is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft BIA document before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments through Monday, May 17, 2021. Please see the draft rule language, public notice, and draft business impact analysis for information on the rule review and how to submit comments

April 12, 2021
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Ch. 3745-71, "Lead Emission Regulations"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-71, "Lead Emission Regulations." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for ascertaining, defining and measuring ambient air quality related to emissions of lead. Historically, these rules regulated a single lead source in Ohio but the rules specific to this source were previously rescinded due to the permanent shutdown of the lead source. The only remaining rules in this chapter identify the method used to measure ambient air quality and definitions associated with that rule.
     

    On March 12, 2021 (86 FR 14061), USEPA proposed removing these rules from Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP). USEPA proposed the removal at the request of Ohio because the facilities specifically regulated by the rules are premanently shutdown and sampling requirements in the rules are duplicated elsewhere in Ohio’s air pollution control rules. Ohio EPA intends to begin the rulemaking process for rescinding these rules from the OAC because once they are removed from Ohio’s SIP, they will no longer be necessary.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Thursday, May 13, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments..  

  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Ch. 3745-79, "Small Business Technical Assistance Rules"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-79, "Small Business Assistance Rules." The rules in this chapter fulfill a mandate of Section 507 of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments for states to establish a small business assistance program. The program created by these rules and ORC 3704.18 helps small businesses understand and comply with air pollution regulations. In Ohio, the functions of this program are performed by the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP), located within Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Thursday, May 13, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments..  

April 9, 2021
  • Proposal of Amended Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-104, Accidental Releases Prevention Program Rules
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has proposed amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-104, "Accidental Releases Prevention Program" Rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules in this chapter establish Ohio’s Accidental Release Prevention Program. These rules were promulgated after Ohio received delegation of authority from USEPA in December 1999 for the program. The rules require facilities to submit a Risk Management Plan (RMP), implement a prevention program and an emergency response plan or program.

    Ohio EPA will be holding a virtual public hearing on the new rules on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. The virtual hearing may be accessed at the following website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7487899999198592270

    Please see the public hearing notice, proposed rule language and the synopsis of changes for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments/attend the hearing.

April 8, 2021 
  • Proposal of Amended Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-26, Inspection and Maintenance Program Rules
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has proposed amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-26, I/M Program Rules. 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. The changes in this rulemnaking are minor and being made after a review to fulfill the requirements of ORC 106.03 (5-year review).

    Ohio EPA will be holding a virtual public hearing on the new rules on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. The virtual hearing may be accessed at the following website: .https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8393245570090551310

    Please see the public hearing notice, proposed rule language and the synopsis of changes for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments/attend the hearing.

March 17, 2021
  • Proposal of Amended Rules - State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Rules 
    On behalf of the director of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has proposed amended and no-change rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Agency 3750 to the Joint Committe on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules in OAC Agency 3750 establish the framework of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and establish emergency planning and release reporting reporting requirements to facilities that store hazardous chemicals or extremely hazardous substances or have a spill or release of extremely hazardous substances, CERLA hazardous substances or oil as defined. The list of rules being considered for amendment is included below. DAPC is also recommending certain SERC rules remain necessary, but are without need of change. The list of No-Change rules can be found in the public notice, linked below.

    Ohio EPA will be holding a virtual public hearing on the new rules on Friday, April 23, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. The virtual hearing may be accessed through Ohio EPA’s website at: http://epa.ohio.gov/virtual.

    Please see the public hearing notice, proposed rule language and the synopsis of changes for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments/attend the hearing.

March 16, 2021
  • Proposal of Amended Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-73, Total Reduced Sulfur Rules 
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has proposed amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-73, "Total Reduced Sulfur Rules" to the Joint Committe on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the control of emissions of total reduced sulfur from Kraft Pulp Mills. A Kraft Pulp Mill is a wood pulping mill which uses an alkaline sulfide solution containing sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide (white liquor) in the wood digesting process. These sulfur emissions are precursors to sulfur dioxide and particulate matter for which national ambient air quality standards have been established under the Clean Air Act.

    Ohio EPA will be holding a virtual public hearing on the new rules on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. The virtual hearing may be accessed through Ohio EPA’s website at: http://epa.ohio.gov/virtual.

    Please see the public hearing notice, proposed rule language and the synopsis of changes for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments/attend the hearing.

February 8, 2021
  • Availability of Draft Exceptional Event Demonstration for Public Comment
    February 8, 2021:
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available for public comment a draft Exceptional Event demonstration showing that plumes from Arizona wildfires which took place in June 2020 adversely affected ozone in a regulatorily significant way at the Lebanon monitor in Warren County, Ohio such that the data from June 20, 2020 should be excluded from regulatory determinations. Exclusion of the June 20, 2020 data may allow the Cincinnati, OH-KY 2015 ozone nonattainment area to be eligible for one-year extension of the attainment date for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).

    DAPC will be accepting comments on the draft Exceptional Event demonstration through Thursday, March 11, 2021. Please see the public notice for information on how to submit comments. The draft notice is available for review on our SIP webpage

February 3, 2021
 
  • Notice of Availability of Final General Permit for Human Crematories
    Notice is hereby given that the Director of Environmental Protection (“Ohio EPA”) is making available for application through the Division of Air Pollution Control (“DAPC”) the model general permits-to-install and operate (“MGPTIO”) for human crematories. Ohio EPA provided a 30-day comment period on the draft MGPTIO terms and conditions beginning on November 12, 2020. After considering all comments received, Ohio EPA developed the final MGPTIOs and will begin accepting applications on February 3, 2021. All general permit information including these applications may be obtained on Ohio EPA DAPC's General Permits web page: https://epa.ohio.gov/dapc/genpermit/genpermits

February 3, 2021
 
  • Notice of Availability of Final Revised General Permits for Boilers
    Notice is hereby given that the Director of Environmental Protection (“Ohio EPA”) is making available for application through the Division of Air Pollution Control (“DAPC”) model general permits-to-install and operate (“MGPTIO”) for natural gas and No. 2 oil-fired boilers. Ohio EPA provided a 30-day comment period on the draft MGPTIO terms and conditions beginning on November 12, 2020. After considering all comments received, Ohio EPA developed the final MGPTIOs and will begin accepting applications on February 3, 2021. All general permit information including these applications may be obtained on Ohio EPA DAPC's General Permits web page: https://epa.ohio.gov/dapc/genpermit/genpermits

January 27, 2021
 
  • Availability of Ohio EPA’s 2019 Annual Air Monitoring Report
    Ohio EPA’s 2019 Annual Air Monitoring Report has been published. Ohio EPA operates an extensive network of air monitoring stations through the state. Ohio EPA submits all ambient air quality data to the national Air Quality System (AQS) database that is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). Real time data is sent to AIRNOW, which reports all U.S. sites.

    Ohio’s AirOhio website provides air quality information and allows users to point and click on a map of the state to find current air quality data from Ohio’s continuous air monitoring network. The AirOhio website can be found at http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/airohio/index.

    U.S. EPA also makes historical AQS data for all U.S. sites available at https://www.epa.gov/outdoor-air-quality-data.   

    Annually, Ohio EPA generates an air monitoring report. This report presents summaries from Ohio EPA’s extensive air monitoring network including measurements of the NAAQS and toxic air pollutants during the calendar year. Ohio’s report for 2019, and several previous year’s reports can be found on Ohio’s “Air Monitoring” webpage under the Air Monitoring Quality Assurance, Data and Reports tab.

January 21, 2021  
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-22, Asbestor Licensing Rules
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745- 22, "Asbestos Hazard Abatement Contractors, Specialists & Other Professionals." The rules in this chapter establish Ohio’s licensing, certification and approval requirements for business entities and individuals that are performing activities related to asbestos including contractors, training providers, supervisors, workers, inspectors and project designers. The amendments are required for Ohio EPA to apply for and obtain U.S. EPA approval of the Ohio EPA Asbestos Licensing/Accreditation Program.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Sunday, January 31, 2021 (see the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending April 17, 2020, a proposal comment period ending October 9, 2020, and a public hearing held October 9, 2020.virtually.   

December 30, 2020
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Ch. 3745-18, "Sulfur Dioxide Regulations"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-18, "Sulfur Dioxide Regulations." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the prevention of emissions of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere from fuel burning and process equipment. The rules are a part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required by the Clean Air Act.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments.  

December 28, 2020
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-80, "Anti-Tampering Rules"
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available for public comment draft rule language and a draft of the business impact analysis (BIA) document in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-80, "Anti-Tampering Rules." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for Ohio’s Statewide Motor Vehicle Anti-Tampering Program. The rules in this chapter describe and prohibit acts of tampering with the pollution control devices on vehicles and provide procedures for the training of anti-tampering inspectors.  

    DAPC is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft BIA document before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments through Friday, January 29, 2021. Please see the draft rule language, public notice, and draft business impact analysis for information on the rule review and how to submit comments

December 11, 2020
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Ch. 3745-21, "Carbon Monoxide, Photochemically Reactive Materials, Hydrocarbons, and Related Materials Standards"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-21, "Carbon Monoxide, Photochemically Reactive Materials, Hydrocarbons, and Related Materials Standards." The rules in this chapter establish requirements for the control of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO) from stationary emission sources. VOCs are a precursor compound from which ozone is formed. Ozone and CO are two of the six criteria pollutants for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has been established under the Clean Air Act. The intent of these rules is to limit emissions of VOCs and CO to allow the state of Ohio to attain and maintain the NAAQS for ozone and CO.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Monday, January 11, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments.

  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Chapter 3745-110, "Nitrogen Oxides - Reasonably Available Control Technology Regulations"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Ch. 3745-110, "Nitrogen Oxides - Reasonably Available Control Technology Regulations." The rules in this Chapter establish requirements for emissions of Nitrogen oxides (NOx) from very large, large, mid-size, and small boilers, stationary combustion turbines, stationary internal combustion engines or reheat furnaces as defined in OAC rule 3745-110-01, or sources located at a facility that emits or has 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. Ozone is one of the six criteria pollutants for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has been established under the Clean Air Act.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Monday, January 11, 2021. Please see the stakeholder input request for information on the potential rulemaking and instructions on how to submit comments.

December 2, 2020
  • Adoption of New Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-107- Power Plant Efficiency Rules
    Ohio EPA has adopted new rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745- 107, "Power Plant Efficiency Rules."  DAPC developed these rules to comply with the requirements of U.S. EPA’s “Affordable Clean Energy Rule” (ACE), found in Federal Register Volume 84, page 32520. The ACE rule mandates that states develop enforceable carbon dioxide emission standards of performance for large coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs) based on the analysis of technologies and methods U.S. EPA has determined to be the Best System of Emission Reduction (BSER) for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. The rule allows states to consider other factors, such as remaining useful life, cost of compliance, and technical feasibility when establishing standards of performance.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Saturday, December 12, 2020 (see the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending April 27, 2020, a proposal comment period ending October 16, 2020, and a public hearing held October 16, 2020.virtually.   

  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-100 - "Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Rules"
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745-100, "Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Rules." The rules in this chapter establish the reporting framework to implement the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program pursuant to the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The amendments are being adopted after a review to fulfill the requirements of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 106.03 (5-yr review) and to address changes required by the 2018-2019 biennium budget bill. Ohio EPA is also rescinding OAC rule 3745-100-12 in its entirety.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Saturday, December 12, 2020 (see the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending May 8, 2019, a proposal comment period ending September 28, 2020, and a public hearing held September 28, 2020 virtually..

November 12, 2020
  • Availability of Draft General Permit for Human Crematories
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available for comment a draft model general permit for human crematories with a rated capacity of greater than or equal to 100 pounds per hour, but less than or equal to 200 pounds per hour.
     

    General air permits contain all the same requirements that would normally be included in traditional air permits, but they can be obtained much more quickly. If the applicant's human crematory meets the qualifying criteria for the human crematory model general permit and they can comply with all the predefined terms and conditions, Ohio EPA will issue a draft general permit for the human crematory. A 30-day comment period will then be held to solicit comments. After the comment period, the director will decide if a final permit should be issued.
     

    If you don’t qualify for the model general permit, you can receive a traditional permit that will be similar to the model general permit but will undergo additional review steps not needed for the model general permit. The traditional permit can take additional time to obtain compared to the general permit.
     

    Additional information regarding the general permit program, general permit terms and conditions, and instructions for applying for the general permits can be found on the Ohio EPA webpage at: https://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/genpermit/genpermits. The Ohio EPA, DAPC general permit program is regulated under OAC 3745-31-29. This notice is being issued in order to fulfill the requirements of OAC Rule 3745-31-29(A)(3). The draft general permits and supporting documentation are available electronically for review at:
    https://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/genpermit/genpermits#127854017-permits-available-for-comment. We request that you provide any comments by Wednesday December 23, 2020.
     

    Please submit your comments via email to Michael.Maleski@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:
    Michael Maleski
    Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, DAPC
    Lazarus Government Center
    P.O. Box 1049
    Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
    Phone: (614) 644-3613

November 12, 2020
  • Availability of Draft General Permits for Natural Gas and No. 2 Oil-Fired Boilers
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available draft revised general permits for natural gas and No. 2 oil-fired boilers. There are eight general permits available for four boiler capacity ranges (>10 to 19.9 MMBtu/hr, 20 to 29.9 MMBtu/hr, 30 to 39.9 MMBtu/hr, and 40 to 50 MMBtu/hr) and area or major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPS).

    The existing general permits for boilers were updated to account for the following:
     

    • Incorporate OAC rule 3745-31-05(A)(3)(a)(ii), which exempts boilers from Best Available Technology (BAT) requirements for each pollutant that has the potential to emit of less than 10 tons per year.
    • Incorporate 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart DDDDD – National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters.
    • Incorporate OAC rule 3745-110 -- Nitrogen Oxides Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT). Boilers with a maximum heat input capacity of less than 40 MMBtu/hr are exempt from this rule.
    • Removed OAC rules 3745-21-07(B), 3745-21-08(B) and 3745-23-06(B) from the permit because the rules were rescinded.
    • Incorporate the use of ultra-low sulfur No. 2 fuel oil, which reduces potential sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions.

     

    Additional information regarding the general permit program, general permit terms and conditions, and instructions for applying for the general permits can be found on the Ohio EPA webpage at: https://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/genpermit/genpermits. The Ohio EPA, DAPC general permit program is regulated under OAC 3745-31-29. This notice is being issued in order to fulfill the requirements of OAC Rule 3745-31-29(A)(3). The draft general permits and supporting documentation are available electronically for review at:
    https://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/genpermit/genpermits#127854017-permits-available-for-comment. We request that you provide any comments you may have to the changes that have been recommended by Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

     

    Please submit your comments via email to Michael.Maleski@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:
    Michael Maleski
    Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, DAPC
    Lazarus Government Center
    P.O. Box 1049
    Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
    Phone: (614) 644-3613
November 4, 2020
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-73, "Total Reduced Sulfur Rules"
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available for public comment draft rule language and a draft of the business impact analysis (BIA) document in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-73, "Total Reduced Sulfur Rules." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the control of emissions of total reduced sulfur from Kraft Pulp Mills. A Kraft Pulp Mill is a wood pulping mill which uses an alkaline sulfide solution containing sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide (white liquor) in the wood digesting process. These sulfur emissions are precursors to sulfur dioxide and particulate matter for which national ambient air quality standards have been established under the Clean Air Act.

    DAPC is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft BIA document before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments through Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Please see the draft rule language, public notice, and draft business impact analysis for information on the rule review and how to submit comments.

September 3, 2020
  • Availability of Draft Business Impact Analysis Document for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-26, Inspection and Maintenance Program Rules
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft of the business impact analysis (BIA) document for the 5-year review of rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-26, I/M Program Rules. 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.After a review to fulfill ORC 106.03 (5-year review), Ohio EPA finds these rules remain necessary and are without need of change.

    DAPC is requesting comments on the draft business impact analysis (BIA) document before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments through Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Please see the public notice, and draft business impact analysis for information on the rule review and how to submit comments.

September 2, 2020
  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft Letter Requesting Removal of Rules in OAC Chapter 3745-45 from Ohio's State Implementation Plan (SIP)
    Ohio EPA has prepared a draft of a letter for submittal to the U.S. EPA requesting removal of rules in OAC Chapter 3745-45 from Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP). In 1981, USEPA accepted rules in OAC Chapter 3745-45, “Permit Fees” into Ohio’s SIP to fulfill a requirement for in the Clean Air Act (the Act) which required states to collect fees or otherwise have a fee structure in place to ensure that the owner or operator of a source paid fees “…sufficient to cover the reasonable cost of reviewing and acting upon …” permit applications. Then in 1995, USEPA approved Ohio’s major source permitting program under Title V of the Clean Air Act. The fee system in the Title V program replaced the system contained in the rules in OAC Chapter 3745-45, consequently Ohio rescinded the rules in OAC Chapter 3745-45 as they were no longer needed. Ohio neglected to request removal of the rules in OAC Chapter 3745-45 from the SIP at that time. This letter serves as that request. 

    Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on this draft request through Thursday, October 8, 2020. Information on how to submit comments or request a public hearing on the draft are available in the public notice. The public notice and a copy of the draft submital document can be obtained on Ohio EPA's SIP website.

August 18, 2020
  • Availability of Draft Amended Rules for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-104, Accidental Releases Prevention Program Rules
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft of amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-104, "Accidental Releases Prevention Program Rules." The rules in this chapter establish Ohio’s Accidental Release Prevention Program under the Risk Management Plan (RMP). These rules were promulgated after Ohio received delegation of authority in December 1999 for the program. The rules require facilities to submit a Risk Management Plan (RMP), implement a prevention program and an emergency response plan or program.

    DAPC is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft business impact analysis (BIA) document before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments through Friday, September 18, 2020. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, and synopsis of changes for information on the rule review and how to submit comments.

August 10, 2020
  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft Letter Request for Acceptance of Installation Permit Extension Provision into Ohio's State Implementation Plan (SIP)
    Ohio EPA has prepared a draft of a letter for submittal to the U.S. EPA requesting paragraph (A)(2)(b)(iv) of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) section 3704.03 be incorporated into Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP). In 2009, the Ohio General Assembly modified portions of ORC 3704.03 in order to update the requirements for the expiration of air pollution installation permits. Specifically, paragraph (F)(2)(b) was inserted into ORC 3704.03. The language prescribes that installation permits are initially effective for 18 months, but the 18-month time period can be modified for cause as described in the law. This portion of the law became effective October 16, 2009.

    While most of these provisions are contained within Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-31-07, Ohio’s SIP approved language, paragraph (A)(2)(b)(iv) of ORC 3704.03 is not. This paragraph allows an extension to the permit termination, for a limited time, where the permit is the subject of an appeal by a party other than the owner or operator of the air contaminant source. Ohio EPA is requesting this provision be incorporated into Ohio’s SIP at this time.

    Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on this draft request through Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Information on how to submit comments or request a public hearing on the draft are available in the public notice. The public notice and a copy of the draft submital document can be obtained on Ohio EPA's SIP website.

August 7, 2020
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Chapter 3745-73, "Total Reduced Sulfur Rules"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-73, "Total reduced sulfur rules." These rules contain the requirements for the control of emissions of total reduced sulfur from Kraft Pulp Mills. A Kraft Pulp Mill is a wood pulping mill which uses an alkaline sulfide solution containing sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide (white liquor) in the wood digesting process. These sulfur emissions are precursors to sulfur dioxide and particulate matter for which national ambient air quality standards have been established under the Clean Air Act.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments potential changes through Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

July 30, 2020
  • Availability of Final Air Toxics Monitoring Report: Hopedale Mid-Stream Natural Gas Processing Facility 2020
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided funding to Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) to conduct a Community-Scale Air Toxics Monitoring Project with the goal of characterizing near-source ambient air pollutant concentrations from the oil and gas industry. Ohio EPA used this funding to establish an ambient air monitoring site adjacent to the MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. Fractionation Facility in Hopedale, Harrison County, Ohio. This document outlines the monitoring results and analysis that has taken place under this special study. The pollutants monitored included the criteria pollutants carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5). Additionally, the special study sampled for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). For the criteria pollutants, CO and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), monthly mean values measured significantly below their corresponding standard(s). VOCs and H2S also exhibited air concentrations predominately below the risk-based screening levels. The results of the monitoring data collected around this facility show that the measured levels are well below risk-based screening levels and do not pose a health concern. Although this is the final Hopedale project report, Ohio EPA plans to continue sampling at the current Hopedale site for the immediate future. The final report is available on Ohio EPA's Air Toxics Unit website. See the information on "Air Toxics Studies" under the Air Toxics tab.

July 24, 2020
  • 2015 Ozone Emissions Inventory and Emissions Statement Program Submitted to U.S. EPA
    DAPC submitted to U.S. EPA the emissions inventory and emission statement program required to satisfy attainment demonstration requirements under the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Ohio EPA made a draft of this submittal available for comment on May 18, 2020. No comments were received during the public comment period which ended on June 22, 2020.
July 21, 2020
  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft Letter Request for Discontinuation of SO2 Monitoring Sites in Steubenville, OH-WV Area
    Ohio EPA is requesting that USEPA approve a change to Ohio’s air monitoring program in the Steubenville, OH-WV area. Specifically, Ohio EPA is requesting to discontinue the Cardinal Power Plant monitors due to the consistently low SO2 values over the last five years: Cardinal Brilliant (39-081-0018), Self Storage (39-081-0020) and Trailer Sales (54-009-6000). Ohio EPA will continue to exceed the minimum SO2 monitoring requirements upon discontinuation of these monitors and continue to provide an appropriate and adequate network for monitoring ongoing maintenance in the Steubenville, OH-WV maintenance area. Additional details can be found in the draft request.

     

     

    Ohio EPA will accept comments on this draft request through Monday, August 24, 2020. Please submit your comments via email to holly.kaloz@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:

    Mailing address:  Holly Kaloz
                                Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, DAPC
                                Lazarus Government Center
                                P.O. Box 1049
                                Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
    Phone:     (614) 644-3632

July 13, 2020
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC rules 3745-18-03, 3745-18-04, and 3745-18-90
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-18-03, 3745-18-04 and 3745-18-90 – Sulfur Dioxide Regulations. The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the prevention of emissions of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere from fuel burning and process equipment. Ohio EPA is planning to revise OAC Rule 3745-18-90 to incorporate sulfur dioxide emission limits for Globe Metallurgical in Washington County. These limits are necessary to satisfy attainment demonstration SIP requirements established by the U.S. EPA for the Muskingum River, OH sulfur dioxide nonattainment area. Ohio EPA is also planning to revise OAC Rule 3745-18-03 and 3745-18-04 to incorporate compliance time schedules and measurement methods and procedures relevant to the Globe Metallurgical emission limits.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Thursday, August 13, 2020.

June 24, 2020
  • Availability of Ohio's 2020-2021 Annual Monitoring Network Plan (AMNP)
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has submitted the final 2020-2021 Annual Monitoring Network Plan (AMNP) to U.S. EPA. The draft plan was made available for comment on April 29, 2020. The AMNP identifies any completed or planned changes to the monitoring network and demonstrates that U.S. EPA monitoring requirements continue to be met.

June 23, 2020
  • Supplement to Ohio’s Attainment Demonstration for the Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Muskingum River, OH Nonattainment Area - Submitted to U.S. EPA 
    Ohio EPA submitted to U.S. EPA a Supplement to Ohio’s Attainment Demonstration for the Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Muskingum River, OH Nonattainment Area.  This supplement contains an updated Reasonably Available Control Measures (RACM)/Reasonably Available Control Technologies (RACT) analysis and an updated Attainment Demonstration/Control Strategy, which includes SO2 emission limits for Globe Metallurgical. Ohio EPA made a draft of this request available for comment on February 20, 2020. After considering comments, Ohio EPA submitted the final supplemental attainment demonstration on June 23, 2020.  

  • Annual Review of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Data Requirements Rule Source Emissions - Submitted to U.S. EPA

    Ohio EPA submitted to U.S. EPA the 2020 Annual Review of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) as a part of the Data Requirements Rule for the 2010 SO2 standard [80 FR 51052] set by U.S. EPA on August 21, 2015. This rule established ongoing data review requirements including, for areas where modeling of actual SO2 emissions served as the basis for an unclassifiable/attainment designation, an annual review of emissions data and submittal of a report recommending whether updated modeling is necessary due to emissions increases. The annual emissions review is due to U.S. EPA Region 5 by July 1, annually, beginning the calendar year after the effective date of designation. Ohio EPA submitted the final document to U.S. EPA on June 23, 2020

June 8, 2020
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-110 - Nitrogen Oxides - Reasonably Available Control Technology Regulations
    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745-110, "Nitrogen Oxides - Reasonably Available Control Technology Regulations." These rules establish requirements for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from very large, large, mid-size, and small boilers, stationary combustion turbines, stationary internal combustion engines or reheat furnace as defined in OAC rule 3745-110-01, or that are located at a facility that emits or has the potential to emit a total of more than one hundred tons per year of NOx emissions from all sources at that facility.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Thursday, June 18, 2020 (see the Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period ending October 2, 2019, a proposal comment period ending April 14, 2020, and a public hearing held April 14, 2020 electronically.

May 18, 2020
  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft 2015 Ozone Emissions Inventory and Emissions Statement Program
    Ohio EPA is providing for public comment a draft of the emissions inventory and emission statement program required to satisfy attainment demonstration requirements under the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Ohio EPA will be providing a public comment period on the draft plan through Monday, June 22, 2020. A public hearing on this action may be requested by contacting Holly Kaloz at (614) 644-3632 or holly.kaloz@epa.ohio.gov no later than Monday, June 22, 2020. If a public hearing is requested, a new notification will be published to identify the time and location of the public hearing. The public hearing will be held at least 30 days after the date of the new notification. For information on how to submit comments or request a public hearing please refer to the public notice.

April 27, 2020
  • Request for Designation of Gallia County, OH and Partial Meigs County, OH to Attainment/Unclassifiable as Part of U.S. EPA’s Round 4 Designation Process Associated with the 2010 SO2 NAAQS
    Ohio EPA submitted to U.S. EPA a recommendation that the Gallia County, OH and partial Meigs County, OH area be designated from unclassifiable to attainment/unclassifiable with respect to the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). On July 12, 2016, U.S. EPA published (81 FR 45039) final second round designations for the one-hour SO2 standard. U.S. EPA designated the area around Gavin and Kyger Creek (specifically, all of Gallia County and the western half of Meigs County, which includes Bedford, Columbia, Rutland, Salem, Salisbury, and Scipio Townships) as unclassifiable. As described in their Final Technical Support Document, U. S. EPA found after considering available information that a reliable basis did not exist for designating the area either as attainment or nonattainment. Since that time, three years of complete quality-assured ambient monitoring data is now available from four monitors located in the Gavin-Kyger monitoring network. Based on this monitoring data, Ohio EPA is now submitting a request for the area to be designated as attainment/unclassifiable under U.S. EPA’s Round 4 area designations that will occur by December 31, 2020. Ohio EPA made a draft of this request available for comment on March 9, 2020. After considering comments, Ohio EPA submitted our request on April 27, 2020. Ohio’s submittal can be found here: https://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/sip/SO2.

April 24, 2020
  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Annual Review of Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Data Requirements Rule Source Emissions
    Ohio EPA is providing for public comment Ohio’s draft 2020 Annual Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Emissions Review as a part of the Data Requirements Rule set by U.S. EPA in 2015. This rule established ongoing data review requirements including, for areas where modeling of actual SO2 emissions served as the basis for an unclassifiable/attainment designation, an annual review of emissions data and submittal of a report recommending whether updated modeling is necessary due to emissions increases.

    Ohio EPA will be providing a public comment period on the draft plan through Friday, May 29, 2020. For information on how to submit comments please refer to the public notice.

April 20, 2020
  • Availability of Draft Amended Rules for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-76, Control of Non-Methane Organic Compound (NMOC) Emissions from Existing Landfills Rules
    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft of amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-76, "Control of Non-Methane Organic Compound (NMOC) Emissions from Existing Landfills Rules." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements and emission guidelines for the control of NMOC emissions from existing landfills. An existing landfill is any landfill that commenced construction, reconstruction, or modification on or before July 17, 2014. The Emission Guidelines of this rule apply to landfills that accepted waste after November 8, 1987. These rules are part of Ohio’s plan to control NMOC emissions from these landfills under the Clean Air Act Section 111(d) and 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart Cf.

    DAPC is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft business impact analysis (BIA) document before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments through Friday, May 22, 2020. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, and synopsis of changes (linked below) for information on the rule review and how to submit comments

April 9, 2020
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rulemaking - OAC Chapter 3745-80, "Anti-tampering Rules"
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-80, "Anti-tampering Rules." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for Ohio’s Statewide Motor Vehicle Anti-Tampering Program. The rules in this chapter describe and prohibit acts of tampering with the pollution control devices on vehicles and provide procedures for the training of anti-tampering inspectors.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

March 10, 2020
  • Availability of Draft Rules for Comment - State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Program Rules
    On behalf of the director of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Agency 3750 for comment. The rules in OAC Agency 3750 establish the framework of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and establishes emergency planning and release reporting reporting requirements to facilities that store hazardous chemicals or extremely hazardous substances or have a spill or release of extremely hazardous substances, CERLA hazardous substances or oil as defined. The list of rules being considered for amendment is included below. DAPC is also recommending certain SERC rules remain necessary, but are without need of change. The list of No-Change rules can be found in the public notice.

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft business impact analysis (BIA) document before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments through Friday, April 10, 2020. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, and synopsis of changes for information on the rule review and how to submit comments

March 5, 2020
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Potential Rules Amendments - OAC Rules 3745-31-34 and 3745-77-11 – Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-31-34 and 3745-77-11, Ohio's Greenhous Gas Tailoring Rules. These rules contain the requirements for the permitting of major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. "Greenhouse gases" subject to regulation as defined in 40 CFR Part 51.166 consist of the aggregate group of six greenhouse gases: Carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride." A “major source” of greenhouse gases are those sources emitting any of the six gases individually or in combination exceeding a CO2 equivalent quantity established in these rules.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Monday, April 6, 2020.

October 4, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Potential Rules Amendments - OAC Chapter 3745-76, Control of Non-Methane Organic Compound (NMOC) Emissions from Existing Landfills Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-76, "Control of Non-Methane Organic Compound (NMOC) Emissions from Existing Landfills" rules. The rules in this chapter contain the requirements and emission guidelines for the control of non-methane organic compound (NMOC) emissions from existing landfills. An existing landfill is any landfill that commenced construction, reconstruction, or modification on or before July 17, 2014. The Emission Guidelines of this rule apply to landfills that accepted waste after November 8, 1987. These rules are part of Ohio’s plan to control NMOC emissions from these landfills under the Clean Air Act Section 111(d) and 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart Cf.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

September 13, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-21, Carbon Monoxide, Photochemically Reactive Materials, Hydrocarbons, and Related Materials Standards
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to the rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-21, "Carbon Monoxide, Photochemically Reactive Materials, Hydrocarbons, and Related Materials Standards." The rules in this chapter establish requirements for the control of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO) from stationary emission sources. VOCs are a precursor compound from which ozone is formed. Ozone is one of the six criteria pollutants for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has been established under the Clean Air Act. CO is also one of the six criteria pollutants for which a NAAQS has been established. The intent of these rules is to limit emissions of VOCs and CO to allow the state of Ohio to attain and maintain the NAAQS for ozone and CO.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, October 18, 2019.  

June 19, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-15, General Provisions Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-15, "General Provisions on Air Pollution Control."  The rules in this chapter contain the general provisions on air pollution control for the Ohio EPA. 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 draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

May 23, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-104, Accidental Release Prevention Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-104, "Accidental Release Prevention Rules." The rules in this chapter establish Ohio’s Accidental Release Prevention Program under the Risk Management Plan (RMP). These rules were promulgated after Ohio received delegation of authority in December 1999 for the program. The rules require facilities to submit a Risk Management Plan (RMP), implement a prevention program and an emergency response plan or program.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

November 28, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on State Emergency Response Commission Rules; Emergency Planning

    On behalf of the director of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to the State Emergency Response Commission Rules; Emergency Planning. The rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Agency 3750 establish the framework of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and establishes emergency planning and release reporting reporting requirements to facilities that store hazardous chemicals or extremely hazardous substances or have a spill or release of extremely hazardous substances, CERLA hazardous substances or oil as defined. The list of rules being considered for amendment is included in the stakeholder input request.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on potential amendments to these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the stakeholder input request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, January 4, 2019.

November 16, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on New Rules Regulating Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential new rules regulating emissions from the oil and gas industry. Ohio EPA intends to develop rules that cover air pollution emissions from oil and gas facilities associated with unconventional oil/gas recovery and processing. These rules would cover similar equipment and requirements as is currently covered by U.S. EPA’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas sector under 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOOa. Typical facilities would include oil and gas well sites and gas compressor stations. The rules would cover both existing and new sources.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these new rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

August 15, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Rule 3745-17-03, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards"
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft for comment of amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-17, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards." The rules in OAC Chapter 3745-17 establish requirements for the control of emissions of particulate matter from stationary emission sources. OAC rule 3745-17-03 contains the methods and procedures used to measure particulate matter emissions from stationary sources. Particulate matter is one of the six criteria pollutants for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has been established under the Clean Air Act. The intent of these rules is to limit emissions of particulate matter to allow the state of Ohio to attain and maintain the NAAQS for particulate matter.

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft business impact analysis (BIA) before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments on these documents through Friday, September 14, 2018. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, synopsis of changes and draft rule language for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments.

July 20, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Rule 3745-17-03, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards"

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-17-03, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards." The rules in OAC Chapter 3745-17 establish requirements for the control of emissions of particulate matter from stationary emission sources. OAC rule 3745-17-03 contains the methods and procedures used to measure particulate matter emissions from stationary sources. Particulate matter is one of the six criteria pollutants for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has been established under the Clean Air Act. The intent of these rules is to limit emissions of particulate matter to allow the state of Ohio to attain and maintain the NAAQS for particulate matter.

    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. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, August 3, 2018.

June 22, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-31, "Permits-to-Install New Sources and Permit-to-Install and Operate Program "

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-31, "Permits-to-Install New Sources and Permit-to-Install and Operate Program." This chapter provides requirements for installation and modification of all new and existing air contaminant sources, as well as operation of those sources, where their operation is not subject to Title V requirements in OAC Chapter 3745-77.
     

    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. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, July 27, 2018.

 

 

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