Environmental Response, Investigation and Enforcement

Division of Environmental Response, Investigation and Enforcement (ERIE) staff are responsible for the comprehensive response to emergency incidents impacting the environment and the community, providing technical and investigative support for resolving crimes involving the environment, as well as ensuring compliance and enforcement is efficient and consistent across all divisions and districts of Ohio EPA.


 800-282-9378

 

Minimizes the impact of spills and releases to the environment and ensures proper cleanup.

Ohio EPA’s Environmental Response (ER) Unit is a specialized group of staff stationed throughout Ohio who coordinate with first responders and other Federal, State and local responders and support entities on environmental emergencies such as train wrecks, facility malfunctions, highway crashes, fish kills, oil and gas releases, natural disasters, etc., to minimize and abate the impact these releases cause to the environment. ER is capable of responding 24 hours a day, seven days a week and responders are fully trained in the Incident Command System.

Environmental Response is available to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with on-scene coordinators (OSCs) available to help first responders address environmental emergencies and pollution incidents, including chemical and petroleum spills. Statewide, Ohio EPA records more than 5,000 incident reports annually through calls to our emergency response spill hotline from citizens, companies, law enforcement, emergency responders and other agencies.

Special investigations span all of Ohio EPA's environmental programs.

The Special Investigations Unit is the criminal investigative branch of Ohio EPA. The unit works in partnership with other state and federal agencies to investigate activities that may criminally violate state or federal environmental laws or regulations, such as:

  • illegal disposal or abandonment of waste (solid waste, hazardous waste and construction and demolition debris);
  • burial of waste at unpermitted locations;
  • unpermitted discharges into waters of the state or to wastewater treatment plants;
  • unpermitted emissions of air pollutants;
  • open burning;
  • bypassing treatment systems;
  • filling of wetlands;
  • “rip and tear” asbestos projects;
  • falsification of documents such as manifests, waste receipt logs and monthly operating reports; and,
  • making false statements to regulatory personnel.

Investigations may lead to enforcement against individuals or facilities.

Statistics

 Enforcement Statistics Summary Convictions/Pleas/Sentences
  Calendar Year

2015
2014 2013 2012 2011
Conviction/Plea 26
18
23
 20 31
Felony Charges  44 17
25
 14 28
Misdemeanor Charges  21 5
10
 13 13
Jail Time Served (months)  37.5  39.1 25.6
 5.3 3
Jail Time Suspended (months)  101  84  56 36 82
Home Incarceration (months)  0  14  9 4.5
17
Community Service (hours)  1,500  1,368  888  1,608 2,064
Fines/Restitution  $619,191 $931,928
 $411,652  $2,811,007 $1,240,490
           

Resources

The division coordinates enforcement efforts throughout Ohio EPA to ensure protection of human health and the environment. This is accomplished through a focus on timeliness, efficient use of resources, active and constructive engagement with the regulated community, and development of enforcement strategies to maintain consistency in all district offices throughout the state.

Ohio EPA implements, regulates, and enforces Ohio's laws and regulations regarding air and water quality standards; solid, hazardous and infectious waste management and disposal standards; water quality planning and the supervision of sewage treatment and public drinking water supplies; and the cleanup of unregulated hazardous waste sites.

One goal of Ohio EPA’s enforcement program is to bring facilities back into compliance to ensure that public health, safety and the environment are protected. Enforcement actions occur, however, when an individual, or a facility owner/operator is not in substantial compliance with Ohio's environmental laws and formal action is necessary to establish a schedule to attain and maintain compliance.

All findings and orders issued are announced in the Weekly Review. Please contact one of the Agency's enforcement mangers if you have questions or would like more information.

Statistics

 Enforcement Statistics Summary Convictions/Pleas/Sentences
  Calendar Year

2015
2014 2013 2012 2011
Conviction/Plea 26
18
23
 20 31
Felony Charges  44 17
25
 14 28
Misdemeanor Charges  21 5
10
 13 13
Jail Time Served (months)  37.5  39.1 25.6
 5.3 3
Jail Time Suspended (months)  101  84  56 36 82
Home Incarceration (months)  0  14  9 4.5
17
Community Service (hours)  1,500  1,368  888  1,608 2,064
Fines/Restitution  $619,191 $931,928
 $411,652  $2,811,007 $1,240,490
           

 

2015 Enforcement Statistics by Division
 
DAPC
DSW DDAGW DERR
Hazardous Waste
Solid Waste
Director's Final Findings and Orders (DFFO)
18
17
97
4
15
9
Director's Warning Letters
16
0
227
0
 14 0
Attorney General Office Referrals
 4 3
3
0
3
0
DAPC - Division of Air Pollution Control
DSW - Division of Surface Water
DDAGW - Division of Drinking and Ground Waters
DERR - Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization

 

Reporting Environmental Violations and Concerns

Please help protect Ohio’s environment by identifying and reporting environmental concerns and violations. If you are witnessing a significant release or an environmental emergency that is ongoing, please call Ohio EPA's 24-hour emergency hotline 1-800-282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. To report a suspected non-emergency, environmental violation or concern, contact the appropriate Ohio EPA district office during normal business hours (M-F between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Once a complaint is filed, Ohio EPA will further investigate your concerns.

 

  Toll-free in Ohio
Outside of Ohio
Counties Served
Central District Office
1-800-686-2330
(614) 728-3778
Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union.
Northeast District Office 1-800-686-6330  (330) 963-1200
Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne.
Northwest District Office
1-800-686-6930
(419) 352-8461
Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.
Southeast District Office
1-800-686-7330
(740) 385-8501
Adams, Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington.
Southwest District Office 1-800-686-8930
(937) 285-6357
Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren.
       

What actions may be considered environmental violations?

  • Illegal disposal and abandonment of waste (solid waste, hazardous waste, tires and construction and  demolition debris).
  • Dumping or discharging industrial or agricultural waste into rivers, lakes ditches, storm sewers or to wastewater treatment plants.
  • Malfunctioning wastewater treatment plants.
  • Smoke or heavy dust emissions from industrial facilities.
  • Drinking water with unusual tastes, odors or loss of water pressure.
  • Burning of trash, garbage, oily wastes, tires and other materials.
  • Destruction, draining and/or filling of wetlands.
  • Demolition projects in buildings containing asbestos.
  • Falsification of environmental documents such as manifests, sampling results, and discharge reports.
  • False statements made to regulatory personnel.

Are you witnessing an environmental emergency?

An environmental emergency is an immediate and significant threat to public health and/or the environment due to the release of materials to the environment. While an emergency can also constitute a violation, an emergency should be reported immediately to Ohio EPA’s 24-hour spill hotline at 1-800-282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. Examples of emergencies to be reported by calling 1-800-282-9378 include:

  • Petroleum spills;
  • Chemical spill;
  • Fires involving chemicals and/or petroleum;
  • Accidents causing the release of pollutants to Ohio’s waterways. Industrial chemicals when not properly managed can cause environmental problems; in addition, spills of materials that seem harmless can cause environmental harm if not properly addressed.  For example, large spills of milk and molasses have all caused fish kills in Ohio streams.

Does Ohio EPA handle all environmental concerns?

Can I remain anonymous?

You do not have to provide any personal information in order for Ohio EPA to review your complaint. However, by providing your name and contact information, Ohio EPA will be able to contact you to clarify information or gather additional information from you to help investigate your concerns.  All the information submitted, including your contact information may be considered public information and may be released upon request.

Disclaimer:  Information provided in a complaint may be used by Ohio EPA to investigate and potentially seek penalties for violations of law.  Therefore, the information provided must be true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. Ohio EPA will use the information you provide to determine whether an investigation is warranted.

Release and Reporting Requirements

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) finalized a set of eight (8) release reporting rules (3750-25-01; 3750-25-05; 3750-25-10; 3750-25-12; 3750-25-13; 3750-25-15; 3750-25-20; and 3750-25-25), effective June 30, 1993. The purpose of this section is to make you aware of your reporting obligations in case of a discharge or release.

All verbal notifications made under these rules are to be reported to the Ohio EPA’s Emergency Response Section, Local Emergency Planning District(s) which may be affected, and the jurisdictional fire department(s).

An owner or operator is required to report a release or discharge under 3750.06 of the Ohio Revised Code anytime there is a release or spill of a regulated chemical which exceeds its assigned Reportable Quantity (RQ) and leaves the facility property line. For complete details about which substances are subject to the release reporting requirements, please refer to the State Emergency Response Commission website or release reporting requirement section of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3750) Facility Reporting Compliance Manual.

 

Administration

 
Glasgow, Marcus Chief (614) 644-3037
Gortner, Ed Asst. Chief (614) 836-8777
Ohlemacher, Randy
ER/SIU Sampling, Support and Orphan Drum
(614) 836-8767
Stanwick, Cindy
Revenue Recovery
(614) 644-2084
 

Environmental Response

 

24-Hour Emergency Spill Hotline

Report spills and
environmental emergencies

(800) 282-9378

or (614) 224-0946

Duty Office

Non-Emergency Number for ER Program

(614) 644-3194
Mehl, Jim ER Program Manager (614) 644-2080
Clayton, Zack
Radiological
(614) 644-3066
Lauck, Greg
Duty Officer
(614) 644-3199
Taylor, Todd
Duty Officer
(614) 644-3198
Billman-Kotsko, Jodi ER Supervisor Central, SE and SW Operations
(614) 836-8761
Farmer, Dale
Senior On-Scene Coordinator
(937) 285-6037
Lohner, Bill
On-Scene Coordinator
(937) 285-6065
Irwin, Trevor
On-Scene Coordinator
(614) 836-8775
Knerr, Rikki On-Scene Coordinator
(614) 728-3825
Wolfe, Aaron On-Scene Coordinator
(614) 836-8752
Holmes, Chris On-Scene Coordinator
(614) 644-2078
Eberle, Mike ER Supervisor NE and NW Operations (330) 963-1126
Brown, Reggie
Senior On-Scene Coordinator
(330) 963-1137
Gerber, Mike
Senior On-Scene Coordinator
(419) 373-3031
Kollar, Kurt
On-Scene Coordinator
(330) 963-1208
Schilt, Dave
On-Scene Coordinator
(419) 373-3041
Blaser, Wade
On-Scene Coordinator
(330) 963-1278
 

Investigation

Phone: (614) 644-3020
Email Webmaster

Physical address:
Ohio EPA - Office of Special Investigations
4675 Homer Ohio Lane
Groveport, Ohio 43125

 

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

 

Central Office Contacts
Palmer, Bill Manager (614) 836-8765
Kleinhenz, Craig   (614) 836-8763
Shane, Scott   (614) 836-8764
     

  

District Contact Counties Served Phone
Bonner, Ron  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union. (614) 836-8768
Fodo, Ron

 
Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne. (330) 963-1155
(330) 963-1206
Hassinger, Rick  

Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot. (419) 373-3032 
Mettler, Ken   Adams, Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington. (740) 380-5422
Combs, Dave   Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren. (937) 285-6058
     

Enforcement

 
Glasgow, Marcus Chief (614) 644-3037
Kavalec, Jim Air Pollution Control Enforcement Manager
(614) 644-2270
Mathews, Mitch Hazardous Waste Enforcement Manager (614) 644-2621
Mann, Mark Surface Water Enforcement Manager (614) 644-2001
McCoy, Bruce
Solid Waste Enforcement Manager
(614) 644-2621
Rickrich, Mark
Environmental Response and Revitalization Enforcement Manager
(614) 644-2924
Burke, Justin
Drinking and Ground Waters Enforcement Manager
(614) 644-2752