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August 12, 2019
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - Rules in OAC Chapter 3745-14 - NOx Budget Program Rules (Phase 2 and 5 Year Review)

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745-14, "NOx Budget Program Rules." This is the second in two phases of rulemaking to revise OAC Chapter 3745-14. In the first phase (Phase 1), revisions were made to OAC Chapter 3745-14 to demonstrate continued compliance by large non-Electric Generating Units (non-EGUs) with the NOx State Implementation Plan (SIP) Call following U.S. EPA’s discontinuation of compliance trading options. During the comment period for the Phase 1 rulemaking, Ohio EPA received comments requesting an alternative to continuous monitoring and reporting of emissions under 40 CFR Part 75 (commonly referred to as Part 75 monitoring and reporting). In this second phase(Phase 2) of the rulemaking, provisions were added in these rules for an alternative to the existing Part 75 monitoring and reporting requirements. Ohio EPA has also performed a review on these rules to fulfill the requirements of Ohio Revised Code (ORC 106.03 (5-yr review).

    The amended rules will be effective as of Thursday, August 22, 2019 (see Public Notices of Adoption - Phase 2 & 5 Year Review). The phase 2 rules are being adopted after draft comment periods  ending February 7, 2019 (Phase 2) and April 2, 2019 (5 Year Review), a proposal comment period ending July 16, 2019 (both), and a public hearing held on April 29, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio (both).

July 24, 2019
  • Adoption of New Rule Language - New OAC Rule 3750-90-01, "Applying for Access to Information"

    On behalf of the director of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has adopted new Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3750-90-01, "Applying for Access to Information." to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). The new rule will establish the framework for requesting from either the SERC or Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) information submitted under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 3750, Emergency Planning. The rule will mirror the public information language found in ORC 3750.02(B)(2)(c).

    The amended rule will be effective as of Saturday, August 3, 2019 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended May 30, 2018, a proposal comment period ending December 20, 2018, and a public hearing held on December 20, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

July 17, 2019
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Rule 3745-49-07, Ohio’s Public Noticing Rule

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-49-07, "Public Notice." This rule contains procedures for public notice of actions, public meetings, verified complaints, water quality certifications under section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and the adoption, amendment, or rescission of a rule. Information on the amendments to this rule is included in the synopsis of changes document linked below.

    The amended rule will be effective as of Saturday, July 27, 2019 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended March 4, 2019, a proposal comment period ending May 23, 2019, and a public hearing held on May 23, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio EPA did not receive any comments on the proposed changes.

June 26, 2019
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-18 - Sulfur Dioxide Regulations

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745-18, "Sulfur Dioxide Regulations." These rules incorporate a revised sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission limit for the coal-fired boilers at the Cardinal Power Plant in Jefferson County. This limit is necessary to satisfy U.S. EPA requirements for Ohio’s SO2 attainment demonstration for the Steubenville, OH-WV nonattainment area (the City of Steubenville and the following townships in Jefferson County: Cross Creek, Warren, Steubenville and Wells) and in order for the area to be eligible for redesignation to attainment and to ensure maintenance of the 2010 SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). Ohio EPA has also adopted amendments to OAC Rules 3745-18-03 and 3745-18-04 to incorporate compliance time schedules and measurement methods and procedures relevant to the Cardinal emission limit.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Friday, July 5, 2019 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended February 20, 2019, a proposal comment period ending April 29, 2019, and a public hearing held on April 29, 2019 in Steubenville, Ohio.

June 20, 2019
  • Availability of Ohio's 2019-2020 Annual Monitoring Network Plan (AMNP)
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has submitted the final 2019-2020 Annual Monitoring Network Plan (AMNP) to U.S. EPA. The draft plan was made available for comment on May 13, 2019. The AMNP identifies any completed or planned changes to the monitoring network and demonstrates that U.S. EPA monitoring requirements continue to be met.

June 19, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-15, General Provisions Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-15, "General Provisions on Air Pollution Control."  The rules in this chapter contain the general provisions on air pollution control for the Ohio EPA. The general provisions include such things as: the authority of the director of Ohio EPA to request the collection and submission of emission information, the measurement of emissions of air contaminants, the requirements for the determination of a “De Minimis” source of air pollution, the requirements in the event of equipment shut down caused by malfunction or maintenance, air pollution nuisances, and other administrative rules.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

June 12, 2019
  • Availability of Draft Amended Rules for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-25, Emergency Episode Rules and Ambient Air Quality Standards
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available draft amended rules and a draft business impact analysis document for comment for rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-25, "Emergency Episode Rules and Ambient Air Quality Standards." The rules in this chapter identify the criteria under which an emergency episode exist, and address procedures to be followed and actions to be taken in the event of an emergency. The rules also establish Ohio’s ambient air quality standards. The rules in this chapter have undergone a review to fulfill the requirements of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 106.03 (5-year review), Ohio EPA finds the rules in this chapter remain necessary, and that OAC rules 3745-25-01 and 3745-25-02 require minor changes and OAC rules 3745-25-03, 3745-25-04, and 3745-25-05 are without need of change.

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft amended rules and draft business impact analysis (BIA) before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments on the BIA document through Friday, July 12, 2019. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, and synopsis of changes for information on the rule review and how to submit comments.
     

  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft Letter Request for Monitor Discontinuation in Mingo Junction, Ohio
    Ohio EPA is requesting USEPA approve a change to Ohio’s air monitoring program in the Weirton-Steubenville WV-OH area. Specifically, Ohio EPA will be discontinuing a PM2.5 monitor at the following location: Mingo Junction (39-081-0021). Ohio EPA will reduce the PM2.5 monitoring network in this area from two sites to one. Ohio EPA will continue to meet the minimum monitoring requirements for this area with this reduction. This discontinuation is being requested due to difficulties maintaining the site after reoccurring vandalism of the monitor. Additional details can be found in the draft request.

    Ohio EPA will accept comments on this draft request through Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Please submit your comments via email to erica.fettydavis@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:

    Mailing address: Erica Fetty Davis
                               Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, DAPC
                               Lazarus Government Center
                               P.O. Box 1049
                               Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
    Phone:      (614) 644-2310  
     

  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft Letter Request for Monitor Discontinuation in Cleveland, Ohio
    Ohio EPA is requesting USEPA approve a change to Ohio’s air monitoring program in the Cleveland area. Specifically, Ohio EPA will be discontinuing a Lead and Total Suspending Particulates monitor at the following location: W. 3rd (39- 035-0061). These monitors are not in a nonattainment or maintenance area. This discontinuation is being requested to allow for monitoring resources to be allocated more efficiently. Additional details can be found in the draft request.

    Ohio EPA will accept comments on this draft request through Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Please submit your comments via email to erica.fettydavis@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:

    Mailing address: Erica Fetty Davis
                               Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, DAPC
                               Lazarus Government Center
                               P.O. Box 1049
                               Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
    Phone:       (614) 644-2310

May 23, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-104, Accidental Release Prevention Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-104, "Accidental Release Prevention Rules." The rules in this chapter establish Ohio’s Accidental Release Prevention Program under the Risk Management Plan (RMP). These rules were promulgated after Ohio received delegation of authority in December 1999 for the program. The rules require facilities to submit a Risk Management Plan (RMP), implement a prevention program and an emergency response plan or program.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

May 22, 2019
  • Availability of Draft Business Impact Analysis for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-23, "Nitrogen Oxide Standards"
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft business impact analysis document for comment for rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-23, "Nitrogen Oxide Standards." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements under which Ohio EPA will monitor for Nitrogen Oxides as part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the attainment of the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). These standards also apply in the rare instance where a facility would need to perform monitoring as part of a compliance requirement for a permit. After a review to fulfill the requirements of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 106.03 (5-year review), Ohio EPA finds these rules remain necessary, but are without need of change.

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft business impact analysis (BIA) before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments on the BIA document through Tuesdau, June 25, 2019. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, and synopsis of changes for information on the rule review and how to submit comments

May 13, 2019
  • Availability of Draft for Comment- Draft 2019-2020 Ohio EPA Annual Air Monitoring Network Plan
    Ohio EPA is providing for public comment a draft 2019-2020 Annual Air Monitoring Network Plan. The draft plan identifies any planned changes to the monitoring network and demonstrate that U.S. EPA monitoring requirements continue to be met. Annual air monitoring plans must be noticed to allow public comment and to satisfy U.S. EPA requirements for public involvement in air monitoring activities. Written comments must be received on or before June 13, 2019. Please see the public notice for information on how to submit comments.

May 2, 2019
  • Availability of Draft for comment - Ohio’s 2019 Annual Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Emissions Review
    Ohio EPA is providing for public comment a draft of Ohio’s 2019 Annual Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Emissions Review. The August 21, 2015 Data Requirements Rule for the 2010 SO2 standard [80 FR 51052] established ongoing data review requirements including, for areas where modeling of actual SO2 emissions served as the basis for an unclassifiable/attainment designation, an annual review of emissions data and submittal of a report recommending whether updated modeling is necessary due to emissions increases. The annual emissions review is due to U.S. EPA Region 5 by July 1, annually, beginning the calendar year after the effective date of designation.

    Ohio EPA will be providing a public comment period on the draft review through Friday, June 7, 2019. For information on how to submit comments, please refer to the public notice.

April 8, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Rule 3745-114-01, Toxic Air Contaminants Rule
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3745-114-01, "Toxic Air Contaminants Rule." This rule provides that the director of Ohio EPA may require a permit-to-install, issued in accordance with Chapter 3745-31 of the Administrative Code, for any new or modified air contaminant source that emits a toxic air contaminant as described in the rule and listed in the table of the rule.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the rule from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, May 10, 2019.

April 3, 2019
  • Availability of Draft Rules for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-100, "Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Rules"
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft for comment of amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-100, "Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Rules." The rules in this chapter establish the reporting framework to implement the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program pursuant to the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The draft amendments are being presented after a review to fulfill the requirements of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 106.03(5-yr review). In addition to the draft amended rules, Ohio EPA also finds OAC rules 3745-100-02, -03, and -04 to be necessary but without need of change. Ohio EPA will also be proposing to rescind OAC rule 3745-100-12 in its entirety.

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft business impact analysis (BIA) before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments on these documents through Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, synopsis of changes and draft rule language for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments

March 11, 2019
  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft Letter Request for Monitor Relocation and Consolidation in Youngstown, Ohio
    March 11, 2019: Ohio EPA is requesting USEPA approve a change to Ohio’s air monitoring program in the Youngstown area. Specifically, Ohio EPA will be consolidating monitoring at the following current locations into one site at a new location: Firestation #7 (39-099-0005) PM10 and PM2.5 FR), Oakhill (39-099-0013) SO2 and Ozone, and Headstart (39-099-0014) PM2.5 FRM and PM2.5 Continuous. The new site is expected to have similar air quality as the former sites, based on distance between sites, spatial and temporal patterns in air quality, local emissions and meteorology, jurisdictional boundaries, and terrain features. By relocating and consolidating these sites, Ohio EPA will reduce the PM2.5 FRM monitoring network in this area from two sites to one. Ohio EPA will continue to meet the minimum monitoring requirements for this area with this reduction. This relocation is being request due to logistics concerns. Additional details can be found in the draft request.
     

    EPA will accept comments on this draft request through Thursday, April 11, 2019. Please submit your comments via email to Jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:

    Mailing address: Jennifer Van Vlerah
                               Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, DAPC
                               Lazarus Government Center
                               P.O. Box 1049
                               Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
    Phone:      (614) 644-3696

February 27, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-25, Emergency Episode Rules and Ambient Air Quality Standards
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-25, "Ambient Air Quality and Emergency Episode Standards." The rules in this chapter identify the criteria under which an emergency episode exist, and address procedures to be followed and actions to be taken in the event of an emergency. The rules also establish Ohio’s ambient air quality standards.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, March 29, 2019.

February 26, 2019
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - Second Maintenance Plan for the 1997 Ozone Nonattainment Areas
    Ohio EPA is soliciting comments on the second 10-year maintenance plans for the areas identified below with respect to the 1997 eight-hour ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). Under CAA section 175A(b), states must submit a revision to the first maintenance plan eight years after redesignation to provide for maintenance of the NAAQS for ten additional years following the end of the first 10-year period.

    U.S. EPA’s final implementation rule for the 2008 ozone NAAQS revoked the 1997 ozone NAAQS and stated that one consequence of revocation was that areas that had been redesignated to attainment (i.e., maintenance areas) for the 1997 standard no longer needed to submit second 10-year maintenance plans under CAA section 175A(b). In South Coast Air Quality Management District v. EPA, the D.C. Circuit vacated U.S. EPA’s interpretation that, because of the revocation of the 1997 ozone standard, second maintenance plans were not required for “orphan maintenance areas,” i.e., areas that had been redesignated to attainment for the 1997 NAAQS (maintenance areas) and were designated attainment for the 2008 ozone NAAQS. South Coast, 882 F.3d 1138 (D.C. Cir. 2018). Thus, states with these “orphan maintenance areas” under the 1997 ozone NAAQS must submit maintenance plans for the second maintenance period.

    The Canton-Massillon, OH, Lima, OH, Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH, Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV, Toledo, OH, Wheeling, WV-OH and Youngstown-Warren-Sharon, OH-PA areas meet the criteria for a streamlined demonstration of maintenance and are therefore addressed in a limited maintenance plan. The Dayton-Springfield OH area is addressed in a separate, full, second maintenance plan.

    Ohio EPA will be providing a public comment period on the draft second maintenance plans through April 3, 2019. A public hearing on this action may be requested by contacting Holly Kaloz at (614) 644-3632 or holly.kaloz@epa.ohio.gov no later than April 3, 2019. If a public hearing is requested, a new notification will be published to identify the time and location of the public hearing. The public hearing will be held at least 30 days after the date of the new notification. For information on how to submit comments or request a hearing please refer to the public notice.

February 6, 2019
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-113- Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) chapter 3745-113, "Architectural and Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings." These rules establish requirements on the quantity of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contained in AIM coatings that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured for sale in the state of Ohio. The rules in this chapter are applicable statewide and apply to persons who sell, supply, offer for sale, or manufacture for sale in the state of Ohio any AIM coating on or after January 1, 2009 that contains VOC's in excess of the VOC content limits specified in the Table in OAC Rule 3745-113-03.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Saturday, February 16, 2019 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended July 25, 2018, proposal comment periods ending November 13, 2018 and December 10, 2018, and public hearings held on November 13, 2018 and December 10, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-21, Carbon Monoxide, Photochemically Reactive Materials, Hydrocarbons, and Related Materials Standards

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-21, "Carbon Monoxide, Photochemically Reactive Materials, Hydrocarbons, and Related Materials Standards." These rules establish requirements for the control of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon monoxide (CO) from stationary emission sources.Ohio EPA has made amendments to OAC rules 3745-21-09, 3745-21-10, 3745-21-25, 3745-21-26, 3745-21-28, and 3745-21-29.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Saturday, February 16, 2019 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended April 25, 2018, a proposal comment period which ended January 7, 2019, and a public hearing held on January 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.

December 21, 2018
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Rule 3745-25-02, Ambient Air Quality Standards Rule

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule Chapter 3745-25-02, "Ambient Air Quality Standards." The rule contains Ohio’s ambient air quality standards. The standards in this rule are intended to adopt the current national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) into the OAC and fulfill the requirements in the Clean Air Act as a part of Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the NAAQS.

    The amended rule will be effective as of Monday, December 31, 2018 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended July 11, 2018, a proposal comment period which ended November 14, 2018, and a public hearing held on November 14, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

December 3, 2018
  • Availability of Ohio EPA’s 2017 Annual Air Monitoring Report
    Ohio EPA’s 2017 Annual Air Monitoring Report has been published. Ohio EPA operates an extensive network of air monitoring stations through the state. Ohio EPA submits all ambient air quality data to the national Air Quality System (AQS) database that is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). Real time data is sent to AIRNOW, which reports all U.S. sites.

    Ohio’s AirOhio website provides air quality information and allows users to point and click on a map of the state to find current air quality data from Ohio’s continuous air monitoring network. The AirOhio website can be found at http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/airohio/index.

    U.S. EPA also makes historical AQS data for all U.S. sites available at https://www.epa.gov/outdoor-air-quality-data.

    Annually, Ohio EPA generates an air monitoring report. This report presents summaries from Ohio EPA’s extensive air monitoring network including measurements of the NAAQS and toxic air pollutants during the calendar year. Ohio’s report for 2017, and several previous year's reports can be found on Ohio’s “Air Monitoring” webpage under the Air Monitoring Quality Assurance, Data and Reports tab.

  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-23, Nitrogen Oxide Standards
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-23, "Nitrogen Oxide Standards." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements under which Ohio EPA will monitor for Nitrogen Oxides as part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the attainment of the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). These standards also apply in the rare instance where a facility would need to perform monitoring as part of a compliance requirement for a permit.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, January 4, 2019.

November 28, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on State Emergency Response Commission Rules; Emergency Planning

    On behalf of the director of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to the State Emergency Response Commission Rules; Emergency Planning. The rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Agency 3750 establish the framework of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) and establishes emergency planning and release reporting reporting requirements to facilities that store hazardous chemicals or extremely hazardous substances or have a spill or release of extremely hazardous substances, CERLA hazardous substances or oil as defined. The list of rules being considered for amendment is included in the stakeholder input request.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on potential amendments to these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the stakeholder input request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, January 4, 2019.

November 16, 2018
  • Availability of Revised Engineering Guide #69

    On November 15, 2018, Ohio EPA DAPC finalized a revision of Engineering Guide #69: Air Dispersion Modeling. The guide provides responses to frequently asked modeling questions to develop a basis of consistent application of modeling methods and techniques. DAPC found it necessary to update the guide to reflect significant revisions to 40 CFR Appendix W to Part 51 – Guideline on Air Quality Models. A draft was made available for comment on June 26, 2018. The final revised guide is now available for download in the Engineering Guide Notebooks website.

  • Stakeholder Input Requested on New Rules Regulating Emissions from the Oil and Gas Industry

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential new rules regulating emissions from the oil and gas industry. Ohio EPA intends to develop rules that cover air pollution emissions from oil and gas facilities associated with unconventional oil/gas recovery and processing. These rules would cover similar equipment and requirements as is currently covered by U.S. EPA’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the oil and natural gas sector under 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOOa. Typical facilities would include oil and gas well sites and gas compressor stations. The rules would cover both existing and new sources.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these new rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

October 25, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft Letter Request for Monitor Relocation in Columbus, Ohio
    Ohio EPA is requesting USEPA approve a change to Ohio’s particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) air monitoring program. Specifically, Ohio EPA will be relocating a PM10 and PM2.5 monitor from one site in the Columbus Fairgrounds to another existing site at the Columbus Fairgrounds. This relocation will occur prior to the completion of this comment period due to safety concerns. Additional details can be found in the draft request.

    Ohio EPA will accept comments on this draft request through Monday, November 26, 2018. Please submit your comments via email to Jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:

    Jennifer Van Vlerah
    Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
    Lazarus Government Center
    PO Box. 1049
    Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049

September 17, 2018
Air pollution control activities in Mahoning and Trumbull counties returned to Ohio EPA

The Youngstown City Health District has decided to discontinue their contract with Ohio EPA to perform air pollution control activities in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.  The services provided by the Mahoning‐Trumbull Air Pollution Control Agency will be discontinued on September 30, 2018. Mahoning-Trumbull Air Pollution Control Agency has provided services for Ohio EPA associated with asbestos, open burning, complaint investigations and ambient air monitoring.  The following is the transition schedule for the transfer of these activities by Ohio EPA:

 

Open Burning:  As of September 1, 2018, the Ohio EPA will assume responsibility for regulating open burning activities in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, replacing the Mahoning‐Trumbull Air Pollution Control Agency (M‐TAPCA).  For fires in Mahoning or Trumbull counties which will occur on or after September 1, 2018, please address all questions and submit all notification and permission requests to the Ohio EPA Northeast District office (NEDO) instead of M-TAPCA. For assistance in Mahoning County, please contact Mr. Darren Machuga of our Northeast District Office at 330-963-1287 or via e-mail darren.machuga@epa.ohio.gov.  For assistance in Trumbull County, please contact Mr. Ned VanValkenburgh of our Northeast District Office at 330-963-1209 or via email edward.vanvalkenburgh@epa.ohio.gov.

 

Asbestos:  Ohio EPA will assume responsibility for asbestos demolition and renovation/abatement project inspections and complaint investigations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties effective October 1, 2018.  All asbestos demolition and renovation/abatement notifications for projects in Mahoning or Trumbull counties will continue to be submitted to Ohio EPA Central Office, Division of Air Pollution Control, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 for hardcopy notifications, or electronically through Ohio EPA’s e-business center. Additional information regarding notification requirements can be found on Ohio EPA’s website at: http://epa.ohio.gov/dapc/atu/asbestos .  Please direct any asbestos questions to the Ohio EPA Asbestos Program at (614) 466-0061 instead of M-TAPCA.  For compliance related questions, please contact Misty Whitmyer of our Northeast District Office at 330-963-1260 or via e-mail  misty.whitmyer@epa.ohio.gov

 

Complaints:  Ohio EPA will assume responsibility for complaint investigations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties beginning October 1, 2018.  Please direct all complaints to:  Ohio EPA NEDO at (330) 963-1200.

 

Ambient Monitoring:  Ohio EPA will assume responsibility for ambient air monitoring beginning October 1, 2018.

August 29, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment -  Draft Letter Request for Monitor Discontinuation in Youngstown, Ohio
    Ohio EPA is requesting USEPA approve a change to Ohio’s particulate matter (PM10) air monitoring program. Specifically, Ohio EPA is requesting to discontinue one PM10 monitor in the Youngstown area. Discontinuing this monitor will not affect Ohio’s ability to continue to meet PM10vmonitoring requirements in the State. Additional details can be found in the draft request and attachment.

    Ohio EPA will accept comments on this draft request through October 2, 2018. Please submit your comments via email to Jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:

     Jennifer Van Vlerah
     Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control
     Lazarus Government Center
     P.O. Box 1049
     Columbus, OH 43216-1049

August 28, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment -  Draft Letter Request for Monitor Discontinuation
    Ohio EPA is requesting USEPA approve a change to Ohio’s carbon monoxide (CO) air monitoring program. Specifically, Ohio EPA is requesting to discontinue two CO monitors in the Akron area. Discontinuing these monitors will not affect Ohio’s ability to continue to meet CO monitoring requirements in the State. Additional details can be found in the draft request and attachment.

    Ohio EPA will accept comments on this draft request through October 1, 2018. Please submit your comments via email to Jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov or by mail to:

    Jennifer Van Vlerah
    Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control
    Lazarus Government Center
    P.O. Box 1049
    Columbus, OH 43216-1049

August 15, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Rule 3745-17-03, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards"
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft for comment of amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-17, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards." The rules in OAC Chapter 3745-17 establish requirements for the control of emissions of particulate matter from stationary emission sources. OAC rule 3745-17-03 contains the methods and procedures used to measure particulate matter emissions from stationary sources. Particulate matter is one of the six criteria pollutants for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has been established under the Clean Air Act. The intent of these rules is to limit emissions of particulate matter to allow the state of Ohio to attain and maintain the NAAQS for particulate matter.

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft rules and the draft business impact analysis (BIA) before DAPC proposes the rules to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments on these documents through Friday, September 14, 2018. Please see the public notice, draft business impact analysis, synopsis of changes and draft rule language for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments.

August 14, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - Infrastructure SIP for 2015 Ozone Standard
    Ohio EPA is soliciting comments on the draft Infrastructure State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the 2015 Ozone Standard required under Sections 110(a)(1) and (2) of the Clean Air Act. Section 110(a)(1) requires States to submit an implementation plan to U.S. EPA that provides for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Section 110(a)(2) lists the elements that are to comprise the implementation plan. Several of the elements in Section 110(a)(2) specifically address the need for states to demonstrate the ability to implement, maintain and enforce the NAAQS.

    Ohio EPA will be providing a public comment period on the draft supplement through September 18, 2018. A public hearing on this action may be requested by contacting Holly Kaloz at (614) 644-3632 or holly.kaloz@epa.ohio.gov no later than September 18, 2018. If a public hearing is requested, a new notification will be published to identify the time and location of the public hearing. The public hearing will be held at least 30 days after the date of the new notification. For information on how to submit comments or request a hearing please refer to the public notice (linked below).

July 20, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Rule 3745-17-03, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards"

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-17-03, "Measurement Methods and Procedures for Particulate Matter Standards." The rules in OAC Chapter 3745-17 establish requirements for the control of emissions of particulate matter from stationary emission sources. OAC rule 3745-17-03 contains the methods and procedures used to measure particulate matter emissions from stationary sources. Particulate matter is one of the six criteria pollutants for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) has been established under the Clean Air Act. The intent of these rules is to limit emissions of particulate matter to allow the state of Ohio to attain and maintain the NAAQS for particulate matter.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, August 3, 2018.

June 27, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-100, "Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Rules"

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-100, "Toxic Chemical Release Reporting Rules." The rules in this chapter establish the reporting framework to implement the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program pursuant to the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

June 22, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-31, "Permits-to-Install New Sources and Permit-to-Install and Operate Program "

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-31, "Permits-to-Install New Sources and Permit-to-Install and Operate Program." This chapter provides requirements for installation and modification of all new and existing air contaminant sources, as well as operation of those sources, where their operation is not subject to Title V requirements in OAC Chapter 3745-77.
     

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on these potential changes through Friday, July 27, 2018.

July 18, 2017
  • Stakeholder Input Requested - OAC Chapter 3745-110 - Nitrogen Oxides - Reasonably Available Control Technology Regulations
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-110, "Nitrogen Oxides - Reasonably Available Control Technology Regulations." These rules establish requirements for emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from very large, large, mid-size, and small boilers, stationary combustion turbines, stationary internal combustion engines or reheat furnace as defined in OAC rule 3745-110-01, or that are located at a facility that emits or has the potential to emit a total of more than one hundred tons per year of NOx emissions from all sources at that facility.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on these rules from potentially affected parties. Instructions for providing comments and where to submit them are provided in the Stakeholder Input Request. Ohio EPA will be accepting comments on potential changes to these rules through Friday, August 18, 2017.