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DEFA Winter Resource Newsletter 2017

DEFA Winter Resource Newsletter 2017


Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant, WSRLA Nominations and Annual Emissions Reports.

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Industrial Storm Water General Permit Expired Dec. 31, 2016

If you are currently covered under Ohio EPA’s Industrial Storm Water General Permit, it’s important to know that your permit expired on Dec. 31, 2016. Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water is finalizing a new general permit. Please know that your operations will remain covered until you’ve had a chance to renew coverage.

Surface Water Tracking, Reporting and Electronic Application Management System (STREAMS)

In July 2016 through the Agency’s eBusiness Center (eBiz), Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water began providing online options to submit National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit applications, permit modifications and other reports. The Surface Water Tracking, Reporting and Electronic Application Management System (STREAMS) has 17 Notice-of-Intent (NOI) electronic applications for coverage under a master general permit and additional electronic forms for general permit-specific co-permittee and individual construction lot coverage.

Ohio EPA Recognizes Environmental Excellence in Ohio Communities and Public Entities

Many Ohio communities know Ohio EPA recognizes manufacturing businesses for environmental excellence with the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program (E3) program, but may not realize their day-to-day operations are also eligible for recognition.

Scotts Miracle‐Gro, Marysville Plant — Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner Case Study

Scotts Miracle-Gro, Marysville plant (SMG-Marysville) manufactures, packages, distributes and markets consumer lawn and garden products.

Reducing Food Waste Through Donation

According to a 2012 report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is never eaten.

What is Sustainability?

You might hear this term a lot these days, but what does it mean?

Inter‐Agency Partnership Helps Ohio Schools Address Lead in Drinking Water

In the spring of 2016, Ohio EPA partnered with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) to help Ohio schools identify and replace drinking-water related components and fixtures containing lead through the Lead Plumbing Fixture Replacement Assistance Grant Program.