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DEFA December Resource Newsletter 2017
In 2005, the City of Columbus entered a consent decree with Ohio EPA to address storm and sanitary sewer issues that cause sewage backups into homes and overflows of untreated sewage into rivers during rain events. To address these issues in accordance with the consent decree, the city devised a Wet Weather Management Plan.
On Oct. 3, 2017, Ohio EPA held its first Sustainability Conference in Columbus. A mix of Ohio EPA staff, business and community representatives presented conference sessions for the 125 attendees. Director Craig Butler kicked off the conference with an inspiring keynote address and the Ohio Materials Marketplace was featured as a luncheon presentation. Director Butler also presented 18 Ohio organizations with 2017 Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) awards. Evaluations from the conference were very positive.
A construction and demolition debris (C&DD) processing facility is an offsite location used to process C&DD. Processing includes: receiving; sorting; handling; separating; moving; transferring; or recycling C&DD materials. Licensed solid waste transfer facilities and licensed solid waste facilities are not considered C&DD processing facilities and are not subject to these requirements.
On Jan. 1, 2018, the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) asbestos program will be transferred to Ohio EPA. The program transfer means that Ohio EPA will be the agency responsible for regulating asbestos training courses and professionals – including hazard abatement contractors, specialists, project designers and workers - currently regulated by the ODH. The goal of both agencies is to improve internal efficiency while making compliance easier for customers.
Ohio EPA Director Butler presented 18 Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) awards on Oct. 3, 2017 at the Sustainability Conference in Columbus. Ohio’s E3 program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and governmental agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. This is the first year of awards for our fourth level of recognition, Platinum, which recognizes organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility, to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.
The Honda Research and Development (R&D) Americas, Inc., facility in Raymond, Ohio was awarded the E3 Gold Award in August 2017. At the facility, approximately 1,300 employees develop and test Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power sports and Honda power equipment products. They lead in advancing safety and environmental technologies with other global R&D centers. They work to develop environmentally friendly products, striving to minimize the impact of daily operations on the environment. Honda R&D Americas has a zero-waste-to-landfill policy, which is part of a broader goal to reduce the environmental impact of all Honda's operations.
Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance
Compliance Assistance Hotline: (800) 329-7518
Funding: (614) 644-2798 ~ Fax: (614) 644-3687
Compliance: (614) 644-3469 ~ Fax: (614) 644-2807
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049
Street Address: 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, OH 43215
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