The Ohio EPA is currently developing a new general permit that will apply to shale gas production operators. In an August 18, 2011 press release, the Ohio EPA claimed that the general permit will create consistent standards and that applicants will be able to apply for and receive a permit in as little as two weeks.  The draft general permit covers shale gas site emission sources such as internal combustion engines, dehydration systems, truck-loading racks, storage tanks, flares, and unpaved roadways.  Notably, the draft general permit does not cover the drilling and fracking phase of shale gas production as those air emissions are considered temporary and therefore exempt from the permit requirements. As The Columbus Dispatch reported, an industry representative was generally supportive of the permit, but local environmental groups have criticized the permit’s failure to regulate air emissions from drilling and fracking activities. The Ohio EPA indicated that the general permit will be finalized and made available this fall following a 30-day public comment period.