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Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about New Demolition Debris Landfill Rule
Public Meeting Set Nov. 28 in Columbus
Proposed rule changes that would require construction and demolition debris (C&DD) landfills to have a certified operator will be the subject of a Nov. 28, 2017, Ohio EPA public hearing.
The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in the Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. During the hearing, Ohio EPA will accept comments about the proposed rules. Individuals wanting to present testimony can register by calling (614) 644-2160. Visitors to the building must present a photo ID.
The rules would address a new requirement for owners and operators of C&DD landfills to designate a certified operator for the facilities. Each landfill would be required to have at least one certified operator on site daily. Qualifications to obtain operator certification include at least 12 months experience at a C&DD or municipal solid waste landfill and 10 hours of education training. The certifications would require annual renewal.
After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and finalize the rule changes.
Comments on the rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, Attention: Michelle Mountjoy, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by emailing Michelle.Mountjoy@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends at close of business Nov. 28.
More information on the proposed rules update is available online at the Division of Materials and Waste Management Non-hazardous Waste Rules and Laws webpage. See information under the “proposed rules” tab.
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.