Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance

Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs

Recycle Ohio Grant Applications Being Accepted Now

The 2018 Recycle Ohio Grant cycle is now open — applications are due Feb. 2, 2018. Apply online or go to the Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants webpage to download individual grant applications.

Ohio EPA - DEFA Rule ‘No-Change’ Filing

Notice is hereby given that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency's Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance has filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review as 'no-change' fifteen rules within Chapter 3745-150 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). These rules, OAC 3745-150-01 thru OAC 3745-150-15, govern the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF).

To obtain a copy of the rules, please call or email Becky McKinney at Ohio EPA at (614) 644-3636 or rebecca.mckinney@epa.ohio.gov. The 'no-change' rules are also available on the Ohio EPA webpage at: http://epa.ohio.gov/defa/ofa.aspx#1696510141-rules.

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Read details about the new merger in this letter from Director Butler.

Enhancing Service to Businesses and Communities
Learn more about the merger of Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and our Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA).

 

Helping Communities Improve Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

City of Avon Lake Lateral Loan Program: Helping Homeowners Finance Sewer Repairs

In 2017, Avon Lake Regional Water implemented a low-interest Lateral Loan Program to assist private property owners in repairing/replacing their sewer laterals. This program will be another tool to help the city comply with its long-term control plan and improve water quality in the area. read more...

Helping Small Wastewater Treatment Plants Achieve Compliance

Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA), Division of Surface Water and Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) partnered to create and implement Ohio EPA’s Package Plant Initiative. Under this initiative, six workshops were offered across Ohio beginning in 2015. The workshops trained operators on better process controls, including the use of low-cost tools and equipment to determine and maintain compliance. read more...

Blueprint Columbus

In 2015, as part of their Wet Weather Management Plan, Columbus received approval from Ohio EPA to add some non-traditional wet-weather control measures to its overall plan. According to the city, the goal of the Blueprint Columbus plan is to use today’s technology to address the source of the problem by keeping rain water out of the sanitary sewers and directing it to the storm sewer where it belongs. read more...

Water Pollution Control Loan Fund — 2016 Year in Review

By the end of 2016, the WPCLF program had financed more than $7.7 billion for completion of more than 1,900 projects, making it the state’s largest source of funding for wastewater infrastructure. read more...

Water Supply Revolving Loan Account — 2016 Year in Review

By the end of 2016, the program had financed more than $1.25 billion for completion of more than 550 related projects. read more...

Helping Communities Address Failing Home Sewage Treatment Systems

It is estimated that about 31 percent of all household sewage treatment systems throughout Ohio are experiencing some degree of failure due to poor maintenance or age. When failing systems discharge untreated sewage, potential exposure to harmful bacteria and pathogens can cause public health concerns and threaten the environment.

In 2016, the WPCLF program awarded more than $13 million to 57 counties. Each county was eligible to receive up to $300,000 to distribute to homeowners. Ohio EPA will make an additional $13.1 million available to 51 county health districts in 2017. read more...

Village of New Boston—Combined Sewer Overflow Improvements

The village owns and maintains a combined sewer collection system that flows to the City of Portsmouth’s wastewater treatment plant. Under normal conditions, collected wastewater is treated and discharges to the Ohio River. During periods of wet weather, such as rain events or snow melt, the flow exceeds sewer capacity. Due to the system’s condition and age, frequent CSOs were occurring, with untreated sewage overflowing into streets, rivers and streams, causing environmental damage as well as posing a risk to public health. read more...

Promoting Recycling, Litter Prevention and Sustainable Practices

Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District - Using Surveillance to Deter Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping at recycling drop-off sites continues to be a substantial problem for communities, particularly for the more remote sites in rural areas. Not only does the illegal dumping offset available space designated for recyclable materials, but it can also render the existing materials as unrecyclable or unusable.

With an increase in recycling the last several years, the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District has also experienced an increase of contamination, such as: tires, furniture, gas tanks, mattresses, yard waste and other non-acceptable items. read more...

I.D. Images—$108,027 Market Development Grant

In partnership with Medina County Solid Waste Management District, Ohio EPA awarded a $108,027 market development grant to purchase a baler. The baler will be used to prepare the once-landfilled material for the waste-to-energy market. read more...

Triple Arrow Industries — $250,000 Recycling Grant

A recycling grant from Ohio EPA was used to purchase equipment that allows the company to recycle polypropylene (PP) Super Sacks from various local and regional end users and other recycling facilities. The new equipment will wash, crush, shred and pelletize old Super Sacks into recycled PP pellets that will be used as feedstock for the automotive and packaging industries. read more...

Next Generation Films — $250,000 Market Development Grant

A market development grant from Ohio EPA was used to purchase equipment that allows the company to recycle nearly 100 percent of the scrap plastic film generated during production and convert it back into polymer feedstock for future film production. The new equipment can process three to five million pounds of plastic per year and allows Next Generation Films to continue to recycle nearly all of its scrap film. read more...

City of Cuyahoga Falls — $5,000 Litter Management Grant

A litter management grant from Ohio EPA was used to support two separate litter and river cleanup events and educational outreach in 10 different schools impacting 600 students. An estimated six tons of litter was collected by nearly 200 volunteers during the cleanup events. read more...

Fremont Plastic Products — $225,000 Market Development Grant

A market development grant from Ohio EPA was used to purchase equipment that allows the company to recycle waste plastic from the blow molding line for reuse in its manufacturing process. The new regrind equipment will shred, grind and reprocess waste plastics into pellets to create blow molding feedstock. read more...

Quality Blow Molding — $154,500 Market Development Grant

A market development grant from Ohio EPA was used to address the recovered plastic capacity issues and assist Quality Blow Molding with its production processes expansion. This included two blow molding machines, plastic granulators, blending systems, a material silo and more air compressor capacity. read more...

The Ohio State Fair

To promote more recycling at the State Fair and to help educate attendees about the benefits of recycling, Ohio EPA provided recycling grant funding to purchase 10 “Bigbelly” recycling containers. The containers were put in place for the 2016 State Fair, but will remain permanently on the grounds for future events. The Ohio Expo Commission purchased an additional 10 containers as a match for the project. read more...

Helping Businesses Achieve and Maintain Compliance

Small Business Compliance Assistance

Each year, the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) in the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) helps thousands of businesses with their environmental compliance needs. OCAPP is a free, confidential resource for Ohio businesses that need help with EPA regulations, conducting more than 200 site visits annually to help with permit applications and other EPA-related records. These success stories are examples of how Ohio EPA’s compliance assistance services help businesses meet EPA requirements, reduce potential liability and save money through more environmentally friendly practices. read more...

  • Connecting Ohio's communities and businesses with technical and financial resources.
  • Administering Ohio EPA’s two State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan programs that help communities construct and maintain critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Over the last 25 years, our SRF programs have provided more than $7.2 billion in funding to Ohio communities.
  • Helping organizations identify and implement pollution prevention (P2) measures that save them money, increase performance and benefit the environment.
  • Providing technical assistance to help small community wastewater treatment plants improve operations and efficiency.
  • Helping thousands of small businesses annually comply with environmental regulations through on-site assistance, help completing forms, training events, plain-English publications and other services.
  • Helping entities identify and implement pollution prevention (P2) measures that save them money, increase performance and benefit the environment.
  • Providing funding for recycling, litter cleanup and scrap tire management activities, and identifying market development opportunities to support Ohio’s efforts to recycle materials such as glass, plastics, rubber and construction and demolition debris.
  • Recognizing the outstanding efforts of businesses, communities and other entities making a commitment to environmental stewardship through our Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program.
  • Keeping businesses and communities informed about regulatory changes and available resources through newsletters, webinars and compliance assistance conferences.

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Physical address:
Ohio EPA - DEFA
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Mailing address:
Ohio EPA - DEFA
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 

     
Stevenson, Laurie
Chief (614) 644-2798
Sowry, Dan
Assistant Chief, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
(614) 728-8575
Rouch, Jerry
Assistant Chief,
Office of Financial Assistance
(614) 644-3660
Alauddin, Alauddin
Assistant Chief,
Office of Outreach and Customer Support
(614) 644-2798
     

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