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Ohio EPA Proposing Removal of Low RVP Fuel Requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton Areas
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to take comments on its request to U.S. EPA to remove Ohio’s low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) fuel requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.
The hearing will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at 6 p.m. at Middletown City Council Chambers, One Donham Plaza, Middletown, OH 45042.
Low RVP fuel became part of Ohio EPA’s air quality State Implementation Plan (SIP) a decade ago to reduce nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds emissions from vehicles in an effort to meet national ambient air quality standards for ozone. Low RVP fuel requirements are currently in effect in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in the Cincinnati area, and Clark, Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties in the Dayton area.
Ohio EPA is proposing to remove the low RVP fuel requirements because they are no longer the cost-effective approach for reducing ozone that they were when the program was initiated to replace the E-Check program.
The state can demonstrate to U.S. EPA that reduced emissions from facilities in Cincinnati and Dayton that have recently converted from coal to natural gas heating will more than offset the increased emissions if the low RVP fuel requirement is removed. Specifically, these environmentally beneficial projects at MillerCoors in the Cincinnati area and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the Dayton area have made it possible for Ohio to replace the low RVP fuel requirements with these emissions reductions.
During the hearing, the public can submit oral or written comments on the proposed request to remove Ohio’s low RVP fuel requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through Dec. 6, 2016. Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Holly Kaloz, Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the request for removal of the low RVP program is available online or by calling Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control at (614) 644-2270.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.