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Ohio EPA Holds Feb. 10 Hearing to Discuss Proposed Changes to Air Pollution Rules

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, regarding rule changes related to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) which are small airborne particles. The rule update only applies to fine airborne particles in areas that do not already meet the PM 2.5 standard.

The hearing will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in the Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. 

The proposed rule change would allow the state to opt out of certain federal requirements because levels are not found in Ohio to a degree that would require regulation. Ohio EPA is proposing to formalize this finding in Ohio’s air pollution rules.

After considering comments from the public hearing, Ohio EPA will make necessary changes and follow the process to finalize the rule changes. 

Comments on the rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control, Attention: Jennifer Van Vlerah, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or email jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends by close of business Feb. 10. 

For more information on the proposed rules, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/DAPCrules.aspx. Please see the information under the “proposed rules” tab. For more information on the PM 2.5 standard, visit http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/SIP/2013.aspx.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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