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Ohio EPA Hearing for Proposed Rules on Power Plant Efficiency

Public Hearing Oct. 16, 2020 

Ohio EPA is proposing changes to rules that address power plant efficiency. A virtual public hearing about the amended rules will be held Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. 

During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., the public may submit written comments on the record about the proposed amendments to the rules. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance of the meeting. 

The proposed new rules are being developed to comply with U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The federal ACE rule mandates the development of enforceable performance standards based on the application of technologies and methods U.S. EPA has determined to be the Best System of Emission Reduction (BSER) for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. The rule allows states to consider other factors, such as remaining useful life, cost of compliance, and technical feasibility when establishing performance standards.  

After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and finalize the rule. 

Comments on the proposed rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted by emailing Jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends at close of business Oct. 16. More information on the proposed rules update is available online at the Division of Air Pollution Control Rules and Laws web page. See information under the “proposed rules” tab. 


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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