Ohio Fugitive Emissions: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

General nuisance: Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-15-07

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Fugitive particulate matter emissions: OAC 3745-17-08, OAC 3745-17-12, and 3745-17-13

Visible emissions: OAC 3745-17-07, OAC 3745-17-12, and 3745-17-13

Fugitive volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions: OAC 3745-21-09

Odor from incinerators: OAC 3745-17-09

Regulatory Agency

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Air Pollution Control

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Ohio controls fugitive emissions of particulate matter through two regulations, one that prohibits fugitive dust and the other that is an opacity standard for visible emissions. Additional requirements apply to specific sources within Cuyahoga and Jefferson counties.

Emissions of fugitive VOC emissions are controlled through vapor leak detection and monitoring requirements for specific manufacturing operations. These requirements are regionally dependent.

Administration and enforcement. OEPA's Division of Air Pollution Control is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's air quality management rules, including those that govern fugitive emissions.

State Requirements


OAC 3745-15-07

The emission of smoke, ashes, dust, dirt, grime, acids, fumes, gases, vapors, odors, or any other substances or combinations of substances from any source, in such manner or in such amounts as to endanger the health, safety, or welfare of the public, or cause unreasonable injury or damage to property, is considered to be a public nuisance and is not allowed.

Exceptions. Sources of odors not ...

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