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Ohio EPA Hearing for Proposed Rules on Waste Program Merger
Public Hearing Set Dec. 9, 2020
Ohio EPA will be holding a virtual public hearing on proposed new rules to merge the industrial waste program and the residual waste program.
During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, the public can submit written comments on the record about the proposed rules. Citizens who want to participate must preregister in advance of the meeting.
The proposed rules are being reviewed as part of Ohio EPA’s five-year rule review process. The existing residual waste program establishes four landfill classifications based on the waste characterizations. The classification impacts liner design, the post-closure care period, and one siting criterion. Since the rules were promulgated in 1992, Ohio EPA has permitted one Class II and no Class IV residual waste landfills. If adopted, the rule changes would merge the industrial waste and residual waste programs and reduce the landfill classifications to two, one for waste classified to go to an industrial landfill, and one for waste classified to go to a residual landfill. Since the two programs share similar regulatory standards, this amendment would also serve to reduce duplication in the rules.
After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and finalize the rule changes.
Comments on the proposed rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted by emailing Michelle.Mountjoy@ohio.epa.gov. The public comment period ends at close of business Dec. 9. More information on the proposed rules update is available online at the Division of Materials and Waste Management Rules and Laws web page. 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.