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October 2014

Students Feed Learning Skills While Considering How to Feed Future Cities
This fall, middle school students from across the nation are being challenged to think about how to produce enough food for the planet’s growing population in the 2014/2015 DiscoverE Future City Competition. Ohio students and professional mentors are asked to participate. read more
Dr. R. Peter Richards and City of Lorain Receive Ohio Lake Erie Awards
Dr. R. Peter Richards and the city of Lorain are the recipients of the 2014 Ohio Lake Erie Awards presented by the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC).read more
Four Photographs Chosen as Overall Judges’ Favorites In 2014 ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest
Four diverse photographs won the judges’ compliments as the overall favorites in the 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Each photographer was recognized, along with seven other winning photos, by the members of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission at their Sept. 25 meeting at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor.read more
Ohio EPA to Accept Public Comments Regarding Draft Air Permit for Proposed Plains Marketing LP - Toronto Terminal
Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2014, regarding a draft air permit for the proposed Plains Marketing LP – Toronto Terminal, to be located on State Road 7F.read more
Environmental Defense Fund Report Identifies Ohio as Leader in Reducing Air Emissions and Creating Jobs
This statement can be attributed in whole or in part to Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.read more
Ohio EPA Director Visits DRS Environmental Systems To Recognize Staff for Environmental Excellence
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited DRS Environmental Systems in Cincinnati today to recognize the company for its continuing efforts in environmental stewardship.read more

 


 

September 2014

Cleveland Plaza Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA's Voluntary Action Program
Ed Hom has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after investigating his Asia Plaza Property in Cleveland. read more
Fremont Receives Covenant Not to Sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program for Clauss Cutlery Property
The city of Fremont has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) for the 6.28-acre property that was formerly the site of the Clauss Cutlery factory. read more
Cleveland Property Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program
Thermagon Inc. has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) after investigating and remediating its Detroit Avenue property currently occupied by Laird Technologies in Cleveland. read more
Ohio EPA Hosts Conference to Help Businesses
Nearly 400 people from all over Ohio are in Columbus September 23-24 to learn more about how Ohio EPA can help their business thrive in our state while protecting the environment. read more
Ohio EPA Workshop to be Held in Canton Oct. 2; State, Federal Help Available to Redevelop Blighted Properties
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is offering a free workshop to inform communities of the state and federal resources available to help redevelop brownfields or blighted properties. read more
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold September Quarterly Meeting at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m., at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located at 14000 West State Route 2 in Oak Harbor. read more
Public Hearing Set for Portsmouth Bypass
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing related to water quality from an Ohio Department of Transportation project in Scioto County. read more
Ohio EPA Selects Environmental Scholarship Winners
Twenty environmental science and engineering students have been awarded scholarships to study at Ohio colleges and universities through Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund. read more

Ohio EPA Director Tours Greater Cincinnati Water Works’ Richard Miller Treatment Plant

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited the Richard Miller Treatment Plant today. Part of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works system, the Miller plant provides most of the water for the metropolitan area. read more

Ohio EPA Director Visits Marathon Petroleum’s Findlay Headquarters To Recognize Staff for Environmental Excellence

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC) Findlay Office Complex today to recognize the company for its continuing efforts in environmental stewardship. read more

 


 

August 2014

Ohio EPA Workshop to be Held in Middletown Sept. 11; State, Federal Help Available to Redevelop Blighted Properties
Ohio EPA is offering a free workshop to inform communities of the state and federal resources available to help redevelop brownfields, or blighted properties. read more
Ohio EPA Director Visits Frito-Lay To Recognize Staff for Environmental Excellence
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Frito-Lay in Wooster today to recognize the company for its continuing effort in environmental stewardship. read more
Ohio EPA Continues Coordinating Clean-Up Efforts of Ohio River Fuel Oil Spill
Ohio EPA is working with the U.S. Coast Guard, local officials and private sector clean-up contractors to begin cleaning up the spill of between 4,000 and 8,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Ohio River from Duke Energy’s Beckjord plant near New Richmond in Clermont County. read more
Ohio EPA Meeting to Discuss Renewal of Vickery Environmental’s Underground Injection Permits
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, to present information and accept public comments on four draft permits for liquid waste injection at Vickery Environmental Inc. (VEI). read more
Ohio EPA Meeting about Ballville Dam Demolition Project
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014, to accept comments on a water quality certification for a project to remove the Ballville Dam in Fremont. read more
​​Ohio EPA Schedules Public Hearing for Proposed Scioto River Discharge
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing on Aug. 18, 2014, on an application from the city of Columbus to discharge wastewater to the Scioto River from an upgraded system at the Dublin Road water plant. read more
Additional Toledo Public Water System Sampling Results (PDF)
Toledo Public Water System Sampling Results (link to city of Toledo website)
Ohio EPA Director Supports Mayor Collins Water Conservation Request
Today Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler voiced his support for Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins’ call for temporary water conservation measures while the city performs maintenance on its water system. read more...
Ohio EPA Director Recommends Lifting Toledo Drinking Water Advisory
In a letter to Mayor Collins, Director Craig Butler confirms contaminants have been below the drinking water advisory threshold and recommends lifting the “Do Not Drink” advisory issued Aug. 2, 2014 at 2:00 a.m. read more...
Health Update: Flushing Plumbing Systems that have been inactive since August 1
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has issued step-by-step procedures citizens can use to flush their plumbing system if their lines have not been used since Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. To protect the health and safety of our communities, we recommend that you read carefully and follow the steps for clearing your plumbing. read more...
Kasich Administration Supports City of Toledo Decision to Lift Water Advisory
Following Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins’ decision this morning to lift the drinking water advisory which the city originally issued early Saturday morning, Gov. John R. Kasich and Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler stated support for the decision. Ohio EPA officials worked with city officials this morning to analyze the results of tests the city ran overnight and agreed with the city’s conclusion that Toledo’s water is safe to drink. read more...
Ohio EPA To Hold Cytec Hazardous Waste Permit Renewal Hearing
Ohio EPA is considering a hazardous waste permit renewal for Cytec Industries (Cytec) and will hold an information session and public hearing at 6 p.m., Aug. 12, 2014, at the Marietta Public Library Meeting Room, 615 Fifth St., Marietta. read more...

 

 

July 2014

Cincinnati Receives Covenant Not to Sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program for Proposed Commerce Park
The city of Cincinnati has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) for the 18.7-acre property that was formerly the site of Queen City Barrel and F.H. Lawson Co. in addition to other businesses. read more...
Ohio EPA Considering Discharge Permit for Cincinnati Water Plant
Ohio EPA will host a public meeting on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, about a request from Greater Cincinnati Waterworks to modify the wastewater discharge permit for its Richard Miller water treatment plant. read more...
Ohio EPA Director’s Western Basin Stops Highlight Efforts to Address Lake Erie Nutrient, Bacteria Issues
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is visiting sites and meeting with local officials in Toledo and Oregon today to get an update on local projects and emphasize Ohio’s focus on improving and protecting Lake Erie. read more... 
Cincinnati Receives Covenant Not to Sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program for Blue Ash Property
The 42.8-acre site that was the Blue Ash airport and a shooting range has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP). read more...
Ohio EPA Accepting Comments on Regional General Permit Renewal For Ohio Department of Transportation Projects
Ohio EPA is accepting comments regarding a renewal and modification of a draft statewide general permit for road construction and repair. An information session and public hearing will be held at 3 p.m., July 21, 2014. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards $8,700 Environmental Education Grant to Athens and Perry County Organization
Ohio University has received a $8,700 grant from Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund to allow fourth and fifth grade students from four school districts to expand their use of existing land labs and local habitats. read more...
Draft Water Quality Report Issued for Upper Scioto River
An Ohio EPA draft water quality report about the upper Scioto River watershed is available for public review and comment. The Agency is accepting public comments on the draft report until August 4, 2014. read more...
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest
Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life digitally — or on film — can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2014 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards $31,429 Environmental Education Grant to Cuyahoga County Organization
The Alliance for the Great Lakes received $31,429 from Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund for a “Bringing Great Lakes into Cleveland Classrooms” project. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards $13,302 Environmental Education Grant to Green Local School District
The Green Local School District received $13,302 from Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund to fund “Growing Green Education Wetlands Goes Public.” read more...
Ohio EPA Awards $24,364 Environmental Education Grant to Portage County Organization
Hiram College received $24,364 from Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund the James H. Barrow Field Station Eagle Creek Restoration Citizen Science project. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards $50,000 Environmental Education Grants to Statewide Organizations
Ohio Energy Project and Efficiency Smart will each receive a $50,000 grant to help teach elementary school children about energy. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards $10,000 Environmental Education Grant to Franklin County Organization
A rain garden of native plants will provide an outdoor classroom at Worthington Libraries’ Northwest Library location thanks to a $10,000 Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant. read more...
Piqua Receives Covenant Not to Sue Under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program for Memorial Hospital Property
The city of Piqua has received a covenant not to sue under Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP) for the former Piqua Memorial Hospital property at Park and Nicklin avenues. read more...

 

 

June 2014

Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Cincinnati Organization
Cincinnati students will learn environmental science while providing community service by helping restore and improve Salway Park as part of the Mill Creek Urban Habitat Restoration efforts. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Cedar Bog Nature Preserve
A Champaign County group, assisted by an $11,300 Environmental Education Fund grant from Ohio EPA, is making big plans for Earth Day 2015. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Defiance SWCD
A $48,405 Environmental Education Fund grant from Ohio EPA will allow Defiance Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) promote green infrastructure as a cost-effective method to reduce nutrient loadings and storm water runoff volume to streams. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Clermont SWCD
A $20,600 Environmental Education Fund grant from Ohio EPA will allow Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District for two workshops on how to foster sustainable environmental behavior. read more...
Ohio EPA Seeks to Fund Water Quality Improvement and Restoration Projects
Approximately $2.5 million in Clean Water Act grants for stream restoration and water quality improvement projects is available through Ohio EPA. read more...
Ohio EPA, SWACO Help Put More Green in German Village Haus und Garten Tour
Ohio EPA and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) have worked with the German Village Society to improve recycling opportunities at its Haus und Garten Tour, June 29, 2014. read more...
Lake Erie License Plate Proceeds Fund Projects within the Watershed
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) awarded two quarterly grants through Ohio’s Lake Erie Protection Fund at its June meeting in Cleveland. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Summit County Organization
Ohio EPA is awarding a $3,000 environmental education mini grant to the Summit County Combined General Health District to educate the community about the impact of home septic systems on rivers and streams. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Cuyahoga County Organization
Ohio EPA has awarded a $4,956 environmental education mini grant to the Great Lakes Science Center to develop a “Great Science Academy” project for sixth grade students. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Seneca SWCD
The Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded a $4,828 Ohio EPA environmental education mini grant to purchase a mobile education unit. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grants to Clark County Programs
The City of Springfield and the Clark County Solid Waste District are among eight projects throughout Ohio receiving environmental education mini grants from Ohio EPA. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Regional Air Pollution Control Agency
The Montgomery County Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) has been awarded a $4,975 Ohio EPA environmental education mini grant to promote its idle reduction program. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Ottawa County Organization
The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center has been awarded a $4,371 Ohio EPA environmental education mini grant to produce exhibits about local geology and harmful algal blooms. read more...
Ohio EPA Awards $1,800 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Delaware County Organization
Stratford Ecological Center will partner with other community organizations to teach community members about how edible plants can be used as part of rain gardens thanks to an Ohio EPA environmental education fund mini grant. read more...

Officials to Focus on New High Street Glass Recycling Program
An Ohio EPA recycling grant focused on glass recovery from businesses on High Street is paying dividends for the city of Columbus. Since the start of the program this year, the city’s Recycling on High initiative has recovered an additional 87.03 tons of glass. read more...

Ohio EPA to Host Free Grant Writing Workshop
Businesses, municipalities, nonprofits and schools are invited to a free workshop designed to help applicants identify the right funder and write solid grant proposals. read more...

 

May 2014

$10 Million to Help Promote Beneficial Use of Toledo Harbor Dredge Materials
Ohio EPA has identified $10 million dollars of funding from Governor John R. Kasich’s capital budget to promote alternative beneficial uses for Toledo Harbor dredge materials. read more...

Ohio EPA Meeting About Road Construction Project in Montgomery County
Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, to accept comments on a water quality certification for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s project on Interstate 70 in Butler Township. read more...

Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting to Discuss Hilltop Landfill Site
Remediation plans for the former Hilltop landfill located in Ellsworth Township will be the focus of a May 29, 2014, Ohio EPA public hearing. read more...

Ohio EPA Recognizes Six Companies with Environmental Excellence Awards
Ohio EPA has awarded six companies with the 2014 Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3) Silver Awards. The Ɛ3 program recognizes organizations committed to environmental excellence. Nominations for the 2015 Ɛ3 Silver Level are being accepted through June 27, 2014. read more...

Ohio EPA Awards Grants to Address Scrap Tire Processing and Market Development
To improve markets for scrap tires across the state, Ohio EPA has awarded $600,000 to fund two market development projects. Nearly 57,000 Ohio scrap tires are expected to be recycled over the next two years from these two projects. read more...

Ohio EPA Awards Recycling Market Development Grants
Ohio EPA has awarded $1.7 million in grants to 11 projects across Ohio for a variety of recycling projects including organics composting, electronic waste processing, plastics manufacturing and processing and projects that address other recyclables. The projects are expected to create 44 permanent jobs. read more...

Ohio EPA Awards Nearly $500,000 for 2014 Litter Cleanup and Tire Amnesty Projects
Ohio EPA is awarding nearly $500,000 in grant funding to 40 communities to support and implement litter cleanups and tire amnesty programs. read more...

Ohio EPA Awards Grants For Recycling and Litter Prevention
Ohio EPA is awarding nearly $1.5 million in grant funding to help 25 communities strengthen local recycling and litter prevention efforts. read more...