11/21/13
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Ohio EPA Seeks Comments on Proposed Particulate Nonattainment Areas;

Public Hearings to be Held Dec. 4 and 5

Based on air quality monitoring data, Ohio EPA is planning to recommend that U.S. EPA designate seven counties as nonattainment under the new federal annual particulate matter standard. Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 5 and at two public hearings.

The first hearing will be on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Stark County Library, Sandy Valley Branch, 9754 Cleveland Ave. SE, Magnolia. The second hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 at the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency, 250 William Howard Taft Rd., Cincinnati.

The Ohio counties included in the state’s draft recommendation include:

  • Cleveland area: Cuyahoga
  • Canton area: Stark
  • Steubenville area: Jefferson
  • Cincinnati area: Hamilton, Butler and Clermont
  • Dayton: Montgomery

U.S. EPA adopted a new, more stringent annual particulate matter standard on Dec. 14, 2012. States must submit recommended nonattainment areas to U.S. EPA by Dec. 14, 2013. U.S. EPA will finalize nonattainment designations by Dec. 13, 2014. After the designations are effective, the State will have three years to develop plans and implement air pollution control strategies to bring these areas into compliance with the standard.

Comments submitted at the hearing or by the close of business on Dec. 5 will be considered by Ohio EPA before it submits its final recommendation to U.S. EPA. Written comments on the proposed action should be e-mailed to jennifer.dines@epa.ohio.gov, or mailed to Jennifer Van Vlerah, Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or given to the presiding officer at the public hearing. Written statements submitted after Dec. 5 may be considered as time allows.
More information about the state’s draft recommendation is available online, or contact Jennifer Van Vlerah, (614) 644-3696.

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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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