Monday, February 11, 2013

OEPA To Pull Small Stream Pollution Rules From Pending Regulations

One year after putting off long-delayed water pollution rules, state regulators are preparing to release a revised version without controversial language designed to clean up small stream habitats.  More than a year ago, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency withdrew proposed water quality rules after industry groups objected, saying they would prove onerous and costly to implement. The rules were forwarded to the Common Sense Initiative Office, where interested parties met last summer to try and reach agreement on a compromise version.  OEPA spokeswoman Linda Fee Oros said the agency would likely file a non-controversial version of the rule package without contentious language on primary headwater habitat streams.

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