Interested Party Reviews and Early Stakeholder Outreach
The Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee is undergoing some changes to bring critical and important information to our members in an expedient manner. This is part of the implementation of the Strategic Planning process that President Frommer has been discussing over the last six months. One of the recommendations was to provide short informational bytes on hot topics, which are easy to read. The purpose of this is to keep our members informed on recent and developing events. It is hoped that such information will also provide you wish information to allow you to make prompt and informed decisions based on the needs of your particular community.
The Ohio Water Environment Association has also been asked by the Ohio EPA to help get its message out to proposed interested party reviews. This is part of the collaborative process that Director Butler and his staff has been advocating. The Ohio EPA has found that its Early Stakeholder and Interested Party Reviews are an essential part of the public communication process necessary to bring forth good and effective rules for the citizens of the State of Ohio.
The role of OWEA in this process is twofold:OWEA in this process is twofold:
Provide our members with timely information as or before it hits the streets
Provide reviews on the technical merit and application of the proposed rules based on the application of sound science and the appropriate use of regulation
OWEAOWEA is willing to work with its member base to develop a letter of response to the Ohio EPA as long as the comments refer to the general nature of the rule and not specific permits or case examples.
Ohio EPA Documents Available For Comment
are available at http://epa.ohio.gov/dsw/dswrules.aspx