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Notice to Ohio Air Permittees: Ohio EPA Considering Increase to Air Permit Fees

Notice to all Ohio air-permitted facilities: Your annual air permit fees may be increasing.

We recently learned that Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) is experiencing fiscal challenges and is considering increasing air permit fees to provide needed additional funding.  As explained in the DAPC Fee Summary (available here), DAPC’s fiscal challenges stem, in large part, from the recent closure of Title V permitted facilities in Ohio – DAPC’s largest sources of revenue.  The reduction in Title V emissions associated with the closure of these facilities equates to significant decreases in Title V fees, which are used to fund the regulatory programs that DAPC administers.    

DAPC has not provided information as to the amount of the fee increase or to which air permit program(s) the increase would apply.  However, DAPC intends to work closely with industry to establish a reasonable fee increase.

If you have any questions about the air permit fee increase, how it will affect your business, and/or are interested in working with Ohio EPA to establish a reasonable fee increase, reach out to Anthony Giuliani, Ryan Elliott, or your Vorys attorney.

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