Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about State Emergency Response Commission Rules

Virtual Public Meeting Set April 23

Ohio EPA is hosting a virtual public hearing about updating the rules for the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) on Friday, April 23, 2021. SERC oversees the implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know program in Ohio.

During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., 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 action is part of Ohio EPA’s five-year rule review process. The proposed rules package includes adding new federal rule language regarding “Extremely Hazardous Substances” to make Ohio’s rule consistent with the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. All other changes are to correct typographical errors, changes in terminology, and to incorporate by reference the most up-to-date code of federal regulations.

Ohio EPA is currently accepting public comments about the proposed rules. The public comment period ends on April 23, the day of the virtual public hearing. Written comments can be submitted during the virtual hearing or emailed to Paul Braun at paul.braun@epa.ohio.gov. More information about the proposed rules is available on Ohio EPA’s website. 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.

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