April 16, 2018 Ohio EPA Updates Findings on Sources of Nutrients Impacting Ohio Waters
As required by state legislation signed in 2015 (House Bill 64), Ohio EPA has completed its second statewide study identifying sources and estimating the annual amount of phosphorus and other nutrients flowing from the state’s watersheds into Lake Erie and the Ohio River. The study covers the Maumee, Portage, Sandusky, Vermilion, Cuyahoga, Great Miami, Scioto and Muskingum watersheds, and includes some direct tributaries to Lake Erie, which collectively represent surface water quality from 66 percent of the entire state.
February 27, 2018 ARCO Site Cleanup Complete
The pile of more than 300,000 cubic yards of illegally disposed construction and demolition debris waste at the ARCO Recycling site has been removed following an eight-month cleanup. The more than $8.8 million cleanup was paid for by Ohio EPA and done in cooperation with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the city of East Cleveland, the Cleveland Division of Air Quality and the Cuyahoga County Executive’s Office.
February 12, 2018 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants: Application Submittal Date Extended
Ohio EPA is announcing a new application submittal date of March 20, 2018, for grant proposals to the new Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants program. The extended time line will allow applicants and vendors additional time to prepare their proposals.
January 25, 2018 Ohio EPA Director Visits Kenworth to Recognize Company for Environmental Excellence
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Kenworth truck plant in Chillicothe today to recognize the company’s ongoing efforts in environmental stewardship.
January 8, 2018 Ohio EPA Offers Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants
A new grant from Ohio EPA will assist owners of diesel- or gasoline-powered class 7 and 8 vehicles (weighing at least 26,000 pounds) to convert or replace engines to use compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), or liquid petroleum gas (LPG, such as propane or butane). These cleaner fuels and technologies help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulates. Grants also may be used for bi-fueled or dual-fueled vehicles that can run on both an alternative fuel and gasoline or diesel fuel.
November 17, 2017 State of Ohio Releases Latest Version of Plan to Reduce Nutrients in Lake Erie Basin
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have completed the Ohio Domestic Action Plan (DAP) 1.0 to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. This version of the Ohio DAP is being provided to U.S. EPA for review and comment and to serve as Ohio’s part of the US Domestic Action Plan, the final version of which is due in Feb. 2018.
October 3, 2017 Ohio EPA Issues 2017 Encouraging Environmental Excellence Awards
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented 18 Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards today at the Sustainability Conference in Columbus.
September 1, 2017 State of Ohio Releases Plan to Reduce Nutrients in Lake Erie Basin
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have released a draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. The Commission will host two public meetings on Sept. 12 and 13, 2017, to provide information about the draft plan.
July 17, 2017 Ohio EPA Announces First Transaction Via Ohio Materials Marketplace
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler today announced the first transaction through a new online service whereby Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations can advertise and acquire potentially useful products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. Columbus based Weisenbach Recycled Products posted the availability of 4.68 tons of polypropylene (plastic bottle caps) to the Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) in May. Representatives from Heath based Polymer Technologies Inc. saw the posting and identified the material as useful for producing polypropylene pellets, which can then be sold on the open market for the manufacture of common household products. Ohio EPA staff facilitated the connection between the two companies.
May 17, 2017 Ohio EPA Announces Recipients of Statewide Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and Ohio Department of Health Acting Director Lance Himes today announced nearly $1 million in funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state for mosquito control grants. The funding will help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis.
April 20, 2017 By Using Resources More Effectively, Small Businesses Profit
COLUMBUS – With Earth Day coming up on April 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Office and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are highlighting resources and tips to help small businesses earn and save some green by going green.
April 4, 2017 Ohio EPA Announces New Online Materials Marketplace
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is in Sandusky today to announce the launch of a new online service whereby Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations can advertise and acquire potentially useful products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. The new Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) is a free online platform allowing these organizations to connect and find solutions to material reuse and recycling needs.
March 2, 2017 Ohio EPA Introduces General Permits for Compressor Stations
Continuing to advance a strong record of achievement in protecting the environment and streamlining the state’s permitting process, Ohio EPA is now accepting general permit applications for oil and natural gas mid-stream compressor stations.
February 22, 2017 Ohio EPA Announces New Statewide Mosquito Control Grant Recipients
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges are in Athens today to announce funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state. Mosquito Control Grants help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis
September 22, 2016 Ohio EPA Accepting Comments on Changes to Surface Water Regulations
As part of its three year (triennial) review, Ohio EPA is seeking comments about rules related to Ohio’s surface water laws. To explain how to submit proposed changes for consideration and help the public understand the rulemaking process, the Agency will host a webinar at 10 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2016. Preregistration is not required. Click this link to connect to the webinar. Additional information can be found online.