Policy & Politics

Comments submitted on Dec. 15, 2008 regarding the transfer of NPDES program

Published Dec. 19, 2008

Ohio requested US EPA approve a revision to the Ohio NPDES program to allow ODA to administer the parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations in Ohio.

Comments regarding regulating greenhouse gases

Published Nov. 25, 2008

Filed November 25, 2008. Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for regulating greenhouse gases under the Federal Clean Air Act.

Testimony by Bob Peterson on Nov. 18, 2008 regarding NPDES

Published Nov. 18, 2008

Mr. Peterson supports the U.S. EPA's approval of Ohio’s application to revise the Ohio NPDES program, to allow ODA to administer the parts of the program pertaining to concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and storm water associated with construction activity at animal feeding operations here in Ohio. Approval would transfer the authority from Ohio EPA to ODA as authorized by Ohio Senate Bill 141.

Comments submitted on Oct. 23, 2008 regarding Methyl Bromide

Published Oct. 23, 2008

Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association members produce virtually every kind of agricultural commodity including strawberries. As a result, these organizations are interested in the U.S. EPA re-registration eligibility decision regarding methyl bromide and chloropicrin. Many of the proposals would be very cumbersome, expensive and impossible for small scale strawberry producers to meet. Many Ohio strawberry producers have simply stated they would have to stop producing strawberries if required to meet all the new practices outlined in this proposal. To this regard, we request that Agency consider flexible requirements for growers of different scale, economic ability and production location.

Comments submitted on Apr. 14, 2008 regarding H-2A

Published Apr. 18, 2008

RE: proposed rule - temporary agricultural employment of H-2A aliens. Letter submitted jointly by Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association & Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.