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

Does my business need an industrial storm water permit?

Storm water runoff is rain and snow melt that runs off the land and hard surfaces, paved streets and parking lots, directly entering streams, rivers and lakes. It picks up pollutants like chemicals, oils, trash and dirt from surface areas and from outdoor business activities, including outside material storage handling and production. Pollutants then enter water bodies and can degrade the quality of the waters and pose threats to human health and wildlife.

Do you know where your floor drains go?

Many businesses have floor drains. Some are needed for day-to-day operations. Others are used for emergency purposes only.

Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Achievement Award Winners — Ohio Hospitals Case Study

In 2001, Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) partnered to eliminate mercury from Ohio hospitals. OCAPP continues to participate on the OHA Environmental Leadership Council, providing updates on regulations and assisting with OHA’s Pollution Prevention University. OCAPP also helps evaluate potential recipients of OHA’s Melvin Creeley Award, an award that recognizes hospitals for promoting sound practices through environmental stewardship.

Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner — Pioneer Automotive Technologies Case Study

Pioneer in Springboro, Ohio, assembles vehicle electronics including radio, sound systems and GPS navigation units. Pioneer was awarded the E3 Bronze in September 2013 and E3 Gold in May 2016. Pioneer’s proactive environmental policy promotes waste and greenhouse gas emission reductions and meeting the goals established in their ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS). Annual updates to their management policy identify goals and reflect the EMS priorities. Their long-term goal is to achieve zero waste-to-landfill status.

Pollution Prevention (P2) at Home

You may not realize it, but the products you buy and throw away can impact the environment. During their lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times their adult weight in garbage. Paper, yard and food waste make up about 56 percent of solid landfill waste, while plastics are about 13 percent. Americans throw out 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year, consisting of things like batteries, pesticides, paint, electronic equipment and used oil. We also consume a lot of water — a family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day.

Does your business use an air compressor?

If you answered yes, then you can probably save money on your electric bill by evaluating your air compressor use. Compressed air is expensive because system efficiency is about 10-15 percent. Most energy used to create compressed air is released as heat. Air compressors require seven to eight horsepower (HP) input to operate a one-HP air motor, making it one of the most expensive utilities for a business.

U.S. EPA announces the winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

U.S. EPA announces the winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

Not All Air Emission Sources Require Air Permits

Does your business use materials or conduct activities that can release air pollutants? These are called air emission sources and many businesses have them. Common examples include surface coating and painting, material handling activities and operating fuel-burning equipment such as boilers and heaters.

Selecting a Treatment, Storage and/or Disposal Facility

Did you know that hazardous waste generators are responsible for the hazardous waste they generate from cradle-to-grave? In other words, once you generate the waste, you have the responsibility of ensuring that it is properly managed even after it leaves your facility. There are actions your business can take to reduce the chances your waste is mismanaged.

Business Identification of Hazardous Waste is Essential

If you don’t know whether your business generates a hazardous waste, or if you are not managing hazardous wastes properly, you could be in violation of federal/state laws and rules. All wastes generated from a business must be evaluated to determine if the waste is a hazardous waste. If you have a hazardous waste, Ohio has specific rules on how to handle and dispose of it.