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Ohio EPA Holds Three Hearings About Ohio’s Plan to Meet the Latest Federal Sulfur Dioxide Standard
Ohio EPA is holding three hearings concerning the State Implementation Plan (SIP) to address nonattainment areas for the 2010 one-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) air quality standard. U.S. EPA requires Ohio EPA to develop plans to demonstrate how Ohio will meet the standard by October 4, 2018.
The nonattainment areas addressed in Ohio’s plan include:
- the Muskingum River area from Center Township in Morgan County to Waterford Township in Washington County;
- Cross Creek Township, Steubenville Township, Warren Township, Wells Township, and Steubenville in Jefferson County; and
- all of Lake County.
State Implementation plans outline the state’s strategy for bringing nonattainment areas into compliance with air quality standards. Ohio’s plan demonstrates reductions in emissions in three areas that will allow Ohio to meet the SO2 standard by the U.S. EPA deadline. Ohio’s SIP includes limitations on SO2 emissions from certain sources in the affected areas.
The hearings will be held on the following dates, times and locations:
- June 29, 2015, 3 p.m.
Pomeroy Public Library Meeting Room
216 West Main Street, in Pomeroy;
- June 30, 2015, 3 p.m.
Steubenville Public Library, Schiappa Branch Conference Room
4141 Drive, Steubenville; and
- July 9, 2015, 3 p.m.
184 Phelps Street, Painesville.
Each session will be an opportunity for citizens to submit comments concerning the SIP action and draft regulations. Comments on the SIP proposal and draft regulations may be presented at the hearing or submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control, Attention: Jennifer Van Vlerah, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. The public comment period ends July 9, 2015.
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.