8/4/20
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Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Hazardous Waste Rules

Virtual Public Meeting Set Aug. 17

Proposed rule changes that would update Ohio’s hazardous waste management rules will be the subject of a virtual public hearing on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The proposal includes new and amended rules and rules to be rescinded.

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

 
The proposed rules include standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that would align Ohio’s rules with federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requirements for handling pharmaceuticals, prohibit disposal of pharmaceuticals in sewers, and update rules for managing over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy wastes.

The rules also would exclude undeployed airbag modules and inflators from being a hazardous waste, provided the generator meets specified conditions. This would allow automotive repair shops to more easily manage airbag wastes, bringing Ohio regulations in line with new federal regulations.

Overall, the rules would update and streamline Ohio’s hazardous waste program rules to be consistent with federal rules and increase regulatory flexibility. A detailed summary is available online (scroll to the last page of the document).

Ohio EPA is currently accepting public comments about the proposed rules. The public comment period ends on Aug. 17, the day of the virtual public hearing. Written comments can be submitted during the virtual hearing or emailed to DERR_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov. After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and finalize the rules. More information about the proposed rules is available on Ohio EPA's website.

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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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