8/25/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Holding Sept. 6 Hearing to Discuss Proposed Changes to Emergency Response Commission Rules

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, regarding rule changes related to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).

The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in the Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. Ohio EPA will accept comments about the proposed rules. Please register to present testimony by calling (614) 644-2160. Visitors to the building must present a photo ID.

The proposed revisions include changes that will align hazardous chemical reporting requirements for oil and gas facilities to an electronic database created and hosted by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and changing the facility emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form to incorporate federal Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) changes from five reporting categories to two.

Other revisions are minor, including changes to correct typographical errors and update rules to match Ohio EPA and Legislative Services Commission format standards.

After considering public comments, 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: Jeff Beattie, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by emailing jeffery.beattie@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends by close of business Sept. 6. 

For more information on the proposed rules update, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/DAPCrules.aspx. Please see the information under the “proposed rules” tab.

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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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