11/14/13
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Ohio EPA to Hold Outreach Sessions on Voluntary Action Program Rules

Ohio EPA will hold five outreach sessions throughout the state to explain changes being considered to the Voluntary Action Program (VAP) rules.

Ohio EPA is required to review rules every five years. The VAP rules affect entities who are seeking a covenant not to sue from Ohio EPA to protect them from legal action following a property cleanup. Under VAP, cleanup actions are required to be performed by certified professionals to assure properties meet cleanup standards as defined in VAP rules.

Following the meetings, Ohio EPA plans to develop draft rules and hold a public comment period before formally proposing the rules in 2014.

The meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend and are being held at the following times and locations:

Nov. 21, 2013: 1 - 5 p.m.
W.W. Knight Nature Center: Hankison Great Room
29530 White Rd.
Perrysburg Ohio 43551

Dec. 5, 2013: 1 - 5 p.m.
Nelsonville Library
95 W. Washington Street
Nelsonville, OH 45764-1177

Dec. 10, 2013: 1 - 5 p.m.
Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
4055 Highlander Parkway - Suite B
Richfield, OH 44286

Dec. 12, 2013: 1 - 5 p.m.
City of Mason - Public Utilities
3200 Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road
Mason, OH 45040

Dec. 17, 2013: 1 - 5 p.m.
Delaware County Board of Elections
2079 U.S. Highway 23, N #4
Delaware, OH 43015

More information about the Voluntary Action Program is available at epa.ohio.gov/derr/volunt/volunt.aspx. For questions regarding the Voluntary Action Program five-year rule review process, please contact Emily Patchen by email or call (614) 728-5441.

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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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