Ohio EPA extends moratorium on new commercial hazardous waste incinerators
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that it will continue a 14-year moratorium on new commercial hazardous waste incinerators for another 3 years, mostly due to the successful efforts of companies to significantly reduce the amount of hazardous waste they generate.
“We’re able to extend the moratorium because the capacity far exceeds the demand, thanks in part to more than a decade of efforts to minimize hazardous waste generation,” said Ohio EPA director Chris Korleski.
Ohio EPA performs a statewide capacity assessment for commercial hazardous waste incineration every three years to determine whether or not a moratorium on new commercial incineration facilities needs to continue. The latest study, done in 2006, shows Ohio‘s two commercial hazardous waste incinerators are permitted to treat 135,993 tons of hazardous waste annually. However, the current demand is 97,898 tons.
In 1993, the General Assembly passed a law prohibiting Ohio EPA from issuing permits for new commercial hazardous waste incinerators for three years. It also required the director to publish an assessment of commercial hazardous waste incinerator capacity every three years, to assist in determining the need to allow new permits. This law only applies to new commercial hazardous waste incinerator permits, and does not affect solid waste landfill or construction and demolition debris landfill facilities.