12/19/19
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Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Licensing Rules for Waste Facilities

Public Meeting Set Jan. 2, 2020, in Columbus

Proposed rule changes that would make all Ohio solid waste, infectious waste, and construction and demolition debris facility licensing rules uniform will be the subject of a Jan. 2, 2020, Ohio EPA public hearing.

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. During the hearing, Ohio EPA will accept comments about the proposed rules. Individuals wanting to present testimony can register by calling (614) 644-2160. Visitors to the building must present a photo ID.

If adopted, the rules would put all licensing requirements for waste management facilities under the same section of the Ohio Administrative Code. This includes solid waste landfills, infectious waste treatment facilities, construction and demolition debris landfills, composting facilities, solid waste transfer stations, scrap tire facilities, and solid waste incinerators. 

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

Comments on the proposed rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Materials and Waste Management, Attention: Michelle Mountjoy, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by emailing Michelle.Mountjoy@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends at close of business Jan. 2, 2020. 

More information on the proposed rules update is available online at the Division of Materials and Waste Management Nonhazardous Waste Rules and Laws web page. See 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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