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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.

February 5, 2019
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-18, Sulfur Dioxide Regulations
    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 3745-18, "Sulfur Dioxide Regulations." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the prevention of emissions of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere from fuel burning and process equipment. The rules are a part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required by the Clean Air Act.

    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, February 20, 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.

January 30, 2019
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Rule 3745-49-07, Ohio’s Public Noticing Rule
    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 3745-49-07, "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.

    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 Monday, March 4, 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.

January 11, 2019
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-18, Sulfur Dioxide Regulations
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-18, "Sulfur Dioxide Regulations." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the prevention of emissions of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere from fuel burning and process equipment. The rules are a part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as required by the Clean Air Act.

    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, January 29, 2019.

December 26, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapter 3745-14, NOx Budget Program
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-14, "NOx Budget Program." The rules in this chapter establish Ohio’s Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Budget Program (NBP). These rules were promulgated to satisfy the federal NOx SIP Call, which required 22 states and the District of Columbia to submit state implementation plans to set statewide NOx budgets [October 27, 1998, 63 FR 57356]. Ohio EPA is primarily asking for comments on OAC rules 3745-14-03, 3745-14-11, and 3745-14-12 as the remaining rules in this chapter are already in the rulemaking process.

    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, January 29, 2019.

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 19, 2018
  • Proposal of New Rule - 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 proposed 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).

    Ohio EPA will be holding a public hearing on the new rule on Thursday, December 20, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA Central Office, Columbus, Ohio. Please see the public hearing notice, response to comments, proposed rule language and the synopsis of changes for information on the changes and how to submit comments/attend the hearing

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.

November 14, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Rule 3745-49-07, Ohio’s Public Noticing Rule

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to 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.

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on this 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 Tuesday, December 18, 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 25, 2018
  • Availability of Ohio's 2018-2019 Annual Monitoring Network Plan (AMNP)
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has submitted the final 2018-2019 Annual Monitoring Network Plan (AMNP) to U.S. EPA. The draft plan was made available for comment on June 20, 2018. The AMNP identifies any completed or planned changes to the monitoring network and demonstrates that U.S. EPA monitoring requirements continue to be met.

July 24, 2018
  • Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for the Cleveland 2012 Annual PM2.5 Nonattainment Area Submitted to U.S. EPA
    Ohio EPA submitted to U.S. EPA a redesignation request and maintenance plan for the Cleveland 2012 Annual PM2.5 Nonattainment Area. Air quality monitoring data collected between 2015 and 2017 in the nonattainment area demonstrates attainment of the NAAQS and there is evidence that the improved air quality is due to permanent, enforceable emission reductions. In addition, existing requirements are sufficient to maintain the 2012 Annual PM2.5 standard in this area at least ten years into the future. Due to this evidence, DAPC is asking U.S. EPA to redesignate the Cleveland, OH area as attainment for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 standard and approve Ohio's maintenance plan. No comments were received during the public comment period which ended on July 17, 2018.

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.

July 9, 2018
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-77, Title V Permit Rules

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-77, "Title V Permit Rules." The rules in this chapter contain the requirements for the permitting of major sources of air pollution under Title V of the Clean Air Act.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Thursday, July 19, 2018 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended August 29, 2017, a proposal comment period which ended December 21, 2017, and a public hearing held on December 21, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

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.

June 21, 2018
  • Draft Available for Comment - Draft Supplement to Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) Request dated January 2, 2018 to Address Clean Air Act 110(l) Requirements
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is soliciting comments regarding a draft supplement to Ohio’s January 2, 2018 Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) submittal which requested U.S. EPA’s approval of changes in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-31-01, 3745-31-03, 3745-31-05, 3745-31-06, 3745-31-11, 3745-31-13 and 3745-31-14. The draft supplement addresses the anti-backsliding requirements of Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 110(l) by demonstrating that the revisions to OAC Chapter 3745-31 are not a relaxation of existing requirements and have no impact on emissions or air quality, and therefore will not interfere with the attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

    Ohio EPA will be providing a public comment period on the draft supplement through July 25, 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 July 25, 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).

June 20, 2018
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - OAC Chapters 3745-31-34 and 3745-77-11

    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) tailoring rules, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-31-34 and 3745-77-11. These rules contain the requirements for the permitting of major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. "Greenhouse gases" subject to regulation as defined in 40 CFR Part 51.166 consist of the aggregate group of six greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide; nitrous oxide; methane; hydrofluorocarbons; perfluorocarbons; and sulfur hexafluoride. A “major source” of greenhouse gases are those sources emitting any of the six gases individually or in combination exceeding a CO2 equivalent quantity established in these rules.
     

    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 20, 2018.
     

  • Availability of Draft for Comment – Draft 2018-2019 Ohio EPA Annual Air Monitoring Network Plan
    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is providing for public comment a draft 2018-2019 Annual Air Monitoring Network Plan. The draft plan identifies any planned changes to the monitoring network and demonstrates 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. The draft network plan is available for review on Ohio EPA’s Air Monitoring website. DAPC will be accepting comments on the draft plan through July 23, 2018. Please see the public notice for information on how to submit comments.

June 12, 2018
  • Availability of Draft Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for the Cleveland 2012 Annual PM2.5 Nonattainment Area
    Ohio EPA is providing for public comment a draft redesignation request and maintenance plan for the Cleveland 2012 Annual PM2.5 Nonattainment Area. Air quality monitoring data collected between 2015 and 2017 in the nonattainment area demonstrates attainment of the NAAQS and there is evidence that the improved air quality is due to permanent, enforceable emission reductions. In addition, existing requirements are sufficient to maintain the 2012 Annual PM2.5 standard in this area at least ten years into the future. Due to this evidence DAPC will be asking U.S. EPA to redesignate the Cleveland, OH area as attainment for the 2012 Annual PM2.5 standard and approve Ohio's maintenance plan.

    Ohio EPA will be providing a public comment period on the draft plan through July 17, 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 July 17, 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.

  • Availability of Ohio's 2016 Annual Air Monitoring Report
    Ohio EPA has published Ohio's 2016 Annual Air Monitoring Report.  Ohio EPA operates an extensive network of air monitoring stations throughout 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. U.S. EPA also makes historical AQS data for all U.S. sites available on their Outdoor Air Quality Data webpage.

    Annually, Ohio EPA generates an air monitoring report. This report presents summaries from Ohio EPA's extensive air monitoring network including measurements of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and toxic air pollutants during the calendar year.  The report for 2016, and several previous year’s reports can be found on  Ohio EPA's Air Monitoring webpage. The reports are found under the "Quality Assurance, Data and Reports" tab by clicking the "Reports" accordian.

June 5, 2018
  • Availability of Finalized Designations for the 2015 Ozone Standard

    On June 4, 2018, U.S. EPA finalized designations for the 2015 ozone standard, which will become effective August 3, 2018 (83 FR 25776).  Counties in the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus areas in Ohio were designated as marginal nonattainment in agreement with Ohio’s recommended designations.  The remainder of the state was designated Attainment/Unclassifiable.

June 4, 2018
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Rules 3745-112-02 and 3745-112-08, Consumer Products Rules

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-112, "Consumer Products Rules."  The rules in this chapter establish limits on the quantity of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be contained in consumer products, such as paint, cleaning products and beauty products, that are sold, supplied, offered for sale or manufactured for sale in the state of Ohio. OAC Chapter 3745-112 has been submitted to U.S. EPA and has been accepted as part of Ohio’s State Implementation Plan (SIP) to attain and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These rules are based on and similar to, rules promulgated by states involved with the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), primarily Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania. No changes are being made to the rule language, only the supplemental information is being updated to correct a statutory reference

    The amended rules will be effective as of Thursday, June 14, 2018 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended August 16, 2017, a proposal comment period which ended April 30, 2018, and a public hearing held on April 30, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

May 9, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for comment - Ohio’s 2018 Annual Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Emissions Review
    May 9, 2018: Ohio EPA is providing for public comment a draft of Ohio’s 2018 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 plan through June 14, 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 June 14, 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.

April 27, 2018
  • Availability of New and Updated Open Burning Forms for Use

    On April 16, 2018, Ohio EPA adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-19, "Open Burning Standards." Among the amendments was the movement of fires for recognized horticultural, silvicultural (forestry), range management, prairie and grassland management, invasive species management, or wildlife management practices for "permission required" to "notification required" status. To reflect this change, Ohio EPA has updated the existing "notification" and "permission request" forms and generated a new notification form specifically for fires for recognized horticultural, silvicultural (forestry), range management, prairie and grassland management, invasive species management, or wildlife management practices which reflects the new requirements in OAC rule 3745-19-03(C)(4) and OAC rule 3745-19-04(D)(2). The new notification form should be used when providing Ohio EPA with notification for these types of fires. The forms are all available in both Word ".DOC" format and Adobe "PDF" format on Ohio EPA's "Open Burning" webpage.

    The Amended rules will be effective as of Monday, April 30, 2018. The new and modified forms should be used for fires performed after that date. For more information, including where to submit completed forms or if you have questions regarding your planned fire, please see the "Frequently Asked Question" section on Ohio EPA's Open Burning webpage.

April 26, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - 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) is making available a draft for comment of new Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule 3750-90-01, "Applying for Access to Information." 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).

    DAPC is requesting comments on the draft rule and the draft business impact analysis (BIA) before DAPC and the SERC propose the rule to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). DAPC will be accepting comments on these documents through Wednesday, May 30, 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.

April 16, 2018
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-19, Open Burning Program Rules

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-19, "Open Burning Program Rules." These rules assist Ohio in the attainment and maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards for particulate matter and are a part of Ohio's State Implementation Plan (SIP) as required in Section 110 of the Clean Air Act. These rules regulate the type of fire, size of fire, and materials that may be burned as well as establishing the requirements for obtaining a permission to open burn and penalties for violations of the open burning regulations. Along with various minor changes for clarification and to fix typographical errors, Ohio EPA is moving fires for recognized horticultural, silvicultural, and prairie management purposes from permission required to notification required status.

    The amended rules will be effective as of Monday, April 30, 2018 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended July 7, 2017, a proposal comment period which ended January 9, 2018, and a public hearing held on January 9, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

March 29, 2018
  • Adoption of Amended Rule Language - OAC Chapter 3745-20, Asbestos Emission Control Rules

    Ohio EPA has adopted amended rules in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3745-20, "Asbestos Emission Control Rules." This chapter includes standards for notification of demolition and renovation activities, standards for asbestos waste handling, standards for both active and inactive waste disposal sites, and other standards for asbestos manufacturing and asbestos containing materials. These rules are patterned after the federal asbestos NESHAPS rules in 40 CFR Part 61, Subpart M..

    The amended rules will be effective as of Sunday, April 8, 2018 (see Public Notice of Adoption). The rules are being adopted after a draft comment period which ended February 24, 2017, a proposal comment period which ended January 8, 2018, and a public hearing held on January 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.

March 12, 2018
  • U.S. EPA’s Withdrawal of the “Once In, Always In” MACT Policy
    U.S. EPA recently issued some new guidance that changes U.S. EPA's 1995 Once In, Always In Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) policy. This change could affect facilities that must comply with a major source MACT standard. To help you understand the ramifications of the change in U.S. EPA's policy, Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has developed this fact sheet.

    If you have any questions about this fact sheet, please contact Briana Mastriana, DAPC MACT Coordinator, at briana.mastriana@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3698.

    Additional MACT information can be found at the following webpage: epa.ohio.gov/dapc/mact/mactmain.aspx.

February 15, 2018
  • Availability of Guidance - Hot-Mix Asphalt Modeling
    The Division of Air Pollution Control has finalized new guidance for new or modifying hot-mix asphalt plants seeking to utilize No. 4 fuel oil, No. 6 fuel oil, and/or on-spec used oil as a fuel source, and/or seeking to utilize slag aggregate as part of their raw material mix. These plants will now be required to demonstrate via dispersion modeling that the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) is not threatened via a three-step methodology. Details on this methodology can be found here.

January 5, 2018
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - OAC Chapter 3745-14, NOx Budget Program Rules

    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft for comment of amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rules 3745-14-01, 3745-14-04, 3745-14-08. 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 are being added for an alternative to the existing Part 75 monitoring and reporting requirements. In addition, Ohio EPA is also specifically seeking input on options for addressing blast furnace gas-fired non-EGUs, which have relatively low NOx emissions. 

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft rule 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, February 7, 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.

December 12, 2017
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on New SERC Rule - OAC Rule 3750-90-01, Applying for Access to Information

    On behalf of the director of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on a potential new rule. The new rule, to be numbered rule 3750-90-01 of the Administrative Code would establish the framework for requesting from either the SERC or Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) information submitted under ORC Chapter 3750, Emergency Planning. The rule will likely mirror the public information language found in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3750.02(B)(2)(c).

    Prior to generating draft rule language, Ohio EPA is asking for input/suggestions on the potential new 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 the potential new rule through Friday, January 12, 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.

June 29, 2017
  • Stakeholder Input Requested - OAC Rule 3745-31-03, Exemptions and Permits-by-Rule
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-31-03, "Exemptions and Permits-by-Rule." This rule identifies the qualifications, exemptions, and permit-by rule provisions that relieve an entity from the obligation to apply for and obtain a permit-to-install or permit-to-install and operate for the installation or modification, and operation of an air contaminant source. Pursuant to industry and agency requests, the Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control is considering amendments to this rule to add an additional clarification of the qualifications under OAC rule 3745-31-03(A), revise existing permanent permit exemptions and propose additional permanent permit exemptions under OAC rule 3745-31-03(B)(1), and to provide clarifications and corrections to several permit-by-rule provisions in OAC rule 3745-31-03(C).

    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 Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

November 21, 2016
  • Extension of Comment Period - Startup, Shutdown or Malfunction and Scheduled Maintenance Rules

    Due to requests for additional time to prepare comments on the draft changes presented for Ohio's "Startup, Shutdown or Malfunction and Scheduled Maintenance Rules," Ohio EPA is extending the comment period through December 14, 2016.  Please see the original information on Ohio EPA's Air Pollution Control regulations webpage, dated October 25, 2016, for information on the proposed changes and how to submit comments.

October 25, 2016
  • Availability of Draft for Comment - Startup, Shutdown or Malfunction and Scheduled Maintenance Rules

    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is making available a draft for comment of amended Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rules 3745-14-11, 3745-15-01, 3745-15-06, and 3745-17-07. Ohio’s startup, shut down or malfunction (SSM) and scheduled maintenance (SM) rules include regulations for identifying and reporting excess emissions during periods of startup, shut down or malfunction and how to how to handle scheduled maintenance of air pollution control equipment. The SSM and SM rules include portions of Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-14-11, 3745-15-01, 3745-15-06, and 3745-17-07. Ohio EPA is performing this rulemaking in response to a U.S. EPA call for modifications to the rules on June 12, 2015 in 80 FR 33840. The amendments to these rules will be proposed to U.S. EPA as modifications to Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).

    The Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is requesting comments on the draft rule 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 Monday, November 28, 2016. 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.

June 22, 2016
  • Stakeholder Input Requested on Rules - Startup, Shutdown or Malfunction and Scheduled Maintenance Rules
    Ohio EPA is requesting stakeholder input on potential amendments to Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-14-11, 3745-15-01, 3745-15-06, and 3745-17-07. Ohio’s startup, shut down or malfunction (SSM) and scheduled maintenance (SM) rules include regulations for identifying and reporting excess emissions during periods of startup, shut down or malfunction and how to how to handle scheduled maintenance of air pollution control equipment. The SSM and SM rules include portions of Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-14-11, 3745-15-01, 3745-15-06, and 3745-17-07. Ohio EPA is performing this rulemaking in response to a U.S. EPA call for modifications to the rules on June 12, 2015 in 80 FR 33840. The amendments to these rules will be proposed to U.S. EPA as modifications to Ohio’s state implementation plan (SIP) for the attainment and maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).

    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 Thursday. July 28, 2016.