9/28/20
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Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Credible Data Rules

Virtual Public Meeting Set Oct. 8

Ohio EPA is proposing changes to rules that address the credible data program. A virtual public hearing about the amended rules will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., the public may submit written comments on the record about the proposed amendments to the rules. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance of the meeting. 

The proposed rule amendments update definitions and references, extend timeframes for submitting data, and update the requirements for qualified data collectors. 

The credible data program encourages and oversees the collection, analysis, and use of surface water data collected by individuals and organizations who voluntarily want to submit their data to Ohio EPA. 

More information about the proposed rules is available online. Ohio EPA currently is accepting public comments about the proposed rule amendments. The public comment period ends on Oct. 8, the day of the public hearing. Written comments can be submitted during the virtual hearing or emailed to dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov. After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and finalize the rule.

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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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