Emissions reporting includes: Fee Emissions (FER); Emissions Inventory (EIS); and Emissions Statement (ES) reports.
The 1990 federal Clean Air Act Amendments established new permitting and reporting requirements for air polluting facilities. Under Title V of the amendments, facilities that have the potential to emit certain amounts of air pollution are required to apply for and obtain a state-federal operating permit and pay emission fees. In Ohio, facilities are categorized into three types for purposes of deciding which reports are required to be filed on April 15 each year. A site is either Title V or Non-Title V. Your facility type in turn determines the level of detail, the reporting mechanism (Air Services or hard copy report form) for reporting facility-wide emissions, pollutants included and the amount of fees that are charged. It also determines whether or not an EIS and/or an ES is required to be filed simultaneously.
UPDATE: The price per ton for Title V facilities for the 2021 reporting year is $54.37/ton.
Fee Emissions (FER)
Reporting requirements are outlined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3745.11 and Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-78-02. If you are an owner or operator of a facility that is required to apply for and obtain an air pollution control operating permit, you are required to submit an annual emissions report for estimated actual facility wide emissions of particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), organic compounds (OC) and lead (Pb) no later than April 15 for the previous year. Once the emissions report is submitted to Ohio EPA's Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC), a designated District Office or Local Air Agency staff person reviews the emissions data for accuracy. An invoice is generated based on the appropriate fee schedule designated in Ohio law.
Fees are assessed to cover a portion or all of the costs associated with air permitting activities, air pollution monitoring, inspections and technical assistance. To read detailed information on each specific fee category, click on the links below.
- Title V Fee Emissions Reporting
- Synthetic Minor Title V Fee Emissions Reporting
- Non-Title V Fee Emissions Reporting
Emissions Inventory (EIS)
Emissions Statement (ES)
The ES is required by Clean Air Act section 182(a)(3)(B) and Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-24. The ES applies to any facility located in a county that is out of attainment for the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone and emits greater than or equal to 25 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or nitrogen oxides (NOx) during the reporting year. In general, facilities subject to this requirement must submit actual emissions data for NOx and VOC.
County Ozone Attainment Status:
ES Report Requirements
For the 2019 reporting year, there are 11 counties designated as nonattainment for the eight-hour ozone NAAQS. ES is required by Clean Air Act section 182(a)(3)(B) for any facility located in an ozone nonattainment area that emits greater than or equal to 25 tons per year (TPY) of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or nitrogen oxides (NOx) during the reporting year. Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-24 also addresses ES. This requirement is for all facilities whether they are subject to Title V permitting (OAC 3745-77) or state permitting (OAC 3745-35). The ES is required to be submitted simultaneously with the facility's FER and/or EIS.
In general, facilities subject to this requirement must submit calculated actual emissions for NOx and VOC.
The requirement to file an ES is based on actual emissions of VOC or NOx each reporting year. Thus, owners or operators of NOx or VOC sources must assess actual emissions of the facility each year to determine whether the reporting requirements apply. For example, in 2006 a facility may have emitted 28 TPY of VOC or NOx and is required to submit an ES. However, if the facility emits less than 25 TPY for either VOC or NOx in 2007, an ES would not be required for that year.
If you have questions about this requirement, please contact Safaa El-Oraby (614) 644-3571.
Questions or Requests for Adjustment to Assessed Permit Fees
Fees are assessed based on specified fee categories for installation permits and reported emissions for fees funding the various operating permit programs. From time to time, you may question whether a fee has been assessed correctly. You should first contact the Ohio EPA District Office or Local Air Agency (DO/LAA) that has primary jurisdiction for your facility to discuss if the fee was accurately assessed.
Please be prepared to provide the following information:
- The type of fee (Installation permit, NonTitle V operating, Synthetic Minor operating or Title V operating)
- The Ohio EPA Revenue ID number
- The 10-digit Ohio EPA facility ID (premise number)
- The Permit Number and issue date (if the inquiry is in regard to an Installation permit fee)
- Your question or basis for requesting an adjustment to the fee
The DO/LAA contact will submit a request to the Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) Central Office if you come to the conclusion that the fee must be adjusted. DAPC Central Office will make the adjustment in the Agency accounting system to reflect the agreed upon revised fee amount. You should submit payment, if there is an outstanding balance based on the revised fee amount, to:
Dept. L-2711, Columbus, OH 43260-2711
DAPC Central Office staff will process a refund based on the DO/LAA recommendation if it is determined that overpayment has been made.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be sure to include the tearoff portion of the original invoice (you may strike the original amount due and write in the revised amount) or include the revenue ID number on the check/correspondence that accompanies your payment.