The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing on February 11, 2011, to discuss proposed rules that would require only very large emitters of greenhouse gases to obtain clean-air permits for their Ohio operations. The rules were originally adopted through a governor’s executive order signed on December 30, 2010.

Beginning January 2, 2011, states are required by the U.S. EPA to begin permitting greenhouse gas emissions from “major sources” of greenhouse gases. Ohio EPA’s proposed rules restrict gas regulatory requirements to only those large sources covered by U.S. EPA’s regulations. There has been significant support from Ohio businesses for Ohio to have these rules in place.

The U.S. EPA has adopted “tailoring” rules that raise the major source-permitting threshold for greenhouse gases to 75,000 tons per year or 100,000 tons per year depending on the circumstances. Ohio EPA’s proposed rules would permanently raise the emission levels that would trigger permitting in Ohio to the same levels as those adopted by the federal government.

A public hearing to accept comments on these proposed rules will be held at 1:30 p.m. on February 11 at Ohio EPA, Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town St., Suite 700, Columbus. Visitors should bring a photo ID.