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New Ohio EPA Search Engine Makes Finding Agency Activities Easier
Do you want to follow Ohio EPA actions in your area? Is there a public meeting or comment period about a local project? Did Ohio EPA issue a permit for a local business expansion?
Finding this information on Ohio EPA’s website is now easier with a new public notice database and webpage recently launched by the Agency.
In addition to making the process simpler for the public to find documentation of Ohio EPA actions, the new site also streamlines the Agency’s internal public notice processing to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Users can access the public notices through the main Weekly Review and Public Notice webpage at epa.ohio.gov/actions. Notices can be searched by facility name, date, facility ID, location, type of action or key word. Users can narrow searches using drop-down menus. Partial completion of search fields also is acceptable.
Agency actions since March 27, 2015, are available through the new search engine.Notices published before March 27 are available by clicking on the links under Public Notice Archive. The Weekly Review is a summary document that contains all actions, complaints, staff determinations and meeting information published during the week.
Ohio EPA continues to publish public notices in the largest newspaper of general circulation for the county in which a facility is proposed or located. These usually appear in a newspaper’s legal notices section. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in the county, the notice will appear in a newspaper of general circulation in an adjoining county.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.