Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance

Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention

A non-regulatory program that helps Ohio businesses and organizations comply with environmental regulations, prevent pollution, develop and achieve sustainability goals and finance recycling and litter prevention efforts.

The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides free and confidential assistance to help Ohio businesses and organizations comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements. The office offers assistance with pollution prevention (P2), sustainable materials management, zero waste initiatives and many other sustainability efforts designed to help customers increase profits and efficiency while reducing waste.

Our environmental specialists can answer your questions regarding air, waste, water and other environmental requirements. We can also help you find ways to reduce waste and save money. View our brochure. 

Services

 

Benefits

  • Toll-free hotline open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • On-site compliance and P2 assessments.
  • Workshops/training.
  • Publications library.
  • Online training catalog.
  • Permit application form assistance.
  • Four-level environmental recognition program for organizations committed to environmental excellence.
 
  • Save money.
  • Improve business performance.
  • Achieve environmental compliance.
  • Reduce liability and potential for violations or penalties.
  • Protect your workers' health and safety.
  • Help preserve natural resources.

Testimonials

Businesses

“Thanks and keep up the good work. The OCAPP has been very helpful to us.”

-An Automotive Parts Manufacturer

“Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to visit our operation. I’m sure the information you have provided will be very instrumental in improving our green programs here in Napoleon.”

-A Small Business

“Great info – Thanks!”

-An Aircraft Business

“Great stuff!! We are in the process now and this is a great follow up piece…”

-A Small Business

“Thanks so much for the quick response! I appreciate your help!”

-An Automotive Parts Manufacturer

“This is a lot of great information. Thank you so much for putting this time in.”

-A Large Business

“I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU! for all of your help. You helped us in becoming compliant in our new business. Your time spent with us really educated us on our environmental impact. Any business is difficult to begin, but when educated, it lessens the difficulties. We now can start the 'growing process' without the fear of not understanding lengthy and difficult rules. OCAPP and you are a tremendous program! You guys keep up the good work!”

-An Automotive Business

“I would like to commend [OCAPP employee] on the depth and timeliness of response to my recent inquiries pertaining to the OEPA’s 'views' on certain aspects of RCRA in a hospital pharmacy setting. His responses have been informative, and most of all helpful, which for someone noted experience[d] in legal jargon, can be quite confusing. We tend to only report poor service these days. If he as is busy as the rest of us, and I’m sure he is, then this [is] well deserved.”

-A Local Hospital

“Thanks very much gentlemen. This looks like a 'ton' of useful information that we can look into. This will certainly take some time but be assured I will investigate some of these possibilities over time. Again, great information and I appreciate all of your time and efforts.”

-A Paint Manufacturer

“I shared the report you sent out last week with some of our management crew, asked them to look though and get back on it… it was greatly appreciated by all. I am hoping that we can use some of the ideas you had and the many different vendors contact information segments will be real beneficial as well! Some of the things you had listed we already were looking into, but there were many items that I am sure will get us researching into in the near future.”

-A Metal Finisher

“I thank you so much for the advice and assistance you provided in helping us to properly dispose of the dental materials. Not only did your expertise save me considerable expense but it is gratifying to know that some of the materials will be put to good use. I have shared my appreciation with anyone who will listen; it's always helpful for a governmental agency to get unsolicited good reviews.”

-A Dentist’s Office

“I am writing this letter to express to you what a great help your [OCAPP employee] was in helping us to fill out the OEPA forms for pollution control. He is very patient and helpful. He is extremely knowledgeable in his work and is very good to work with. I cannot express to you our gratitude for having a man of his ability and personality helping us fill out these forms. With sincere regards, we feel you have an exceptional man in [OCAPP employee].”

-A Stone Products Company

“I would like to thank [OCAPP] for all of its assistance. [OCAPP employee] traveled here several times, as well as to Dayton to meet with RAPCA. [OCAPP employee] has been an outstanding representative for [OCAPP]. [OCAPP employee] was very helpful to me in explaining much of the complicated terminology and procedures of the EPA.”

-A Metal Finishing Company

“Thank you for the wonderful information. I always appreciate your emails! Could you please forward your slides on green Chemistry? I have been talking with a Biochemist and leader in Nanotechnology here in Columbus about the potential for Green Chemistry. I think he will find this information useful.”

-A Small Business

Individuals

“Thanks so much for your time and ensuring other people are responding! Your responses have been the most detailed and helpful so far.”

-A Private Citizen

“Thanks for the lead… I will follow up with your recommendations.”

-A Private Citizen

“Wow, this is amazing! Thank you so much for compiling this information. I can’t wait to start contacting these groups. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this…”

-A Private Citizen

Other Organizations

“Thank you greatly for being able to help…”

-A State Environmental Association

“Thanks very much for your support."

-An Academic Institution

“Thanks a lot! You guys did an outstanding job. You guys really make a difference.”

-A State Agency

“Thank you so much for all your help. What a blessing you are. I appreciate your being so kind and giving me this great info.”

-A State Agency

“She (OCAPP staff person) has been a fantastic partner over the last two years. She was one of the reasons for the conference success and our ability to continue this project. She helped set-up the speakers and the three sessions that were provided. We will be moving the location and are hoping to have 300 employers attend this conference. I would like to thank her for her advice, professionalism and assistance over the past two years. She is an asset to your agency.”

-A State Agency Field Operations Office

“The timeliness of your presentation was excellent and your detailed discussion on the RACT rule and the impact (or potential impact) on them was very clear and concise. I also had several comments from members about your description of available EPA services.”

-A Regional Printing Association

success stories

Frito Lay, a snack food manufacturer in Wooster (Wayne County) generated large quantities of wastewater and solid waste in the form of used process water, packaging, scrap metal and other items. Frito Lay has reduced natural gas usage by 4.9 percent, water usage by 25.8 percent, electricity usage by 13.9 percent and solid waste by 22 percent after implementing several process changes suggested by Ohio EPA. Frito Lay saves over $267,000 annually through these efforts. Ohio EPA offers these on-site assessments free of charge to help companies reduce waste and be more competitive.

Masco Builder Cabinet Group, a cabinet manufacturer in Jackson (Jackson County) generated large quantities of hazardous and solid waste in the form of used solvents, coatings, sawdust and industrial wastes. Masco saved over $1.5 million in 2007 and reduced annual emissions by more than 31 million pounds after implementing several process changes suggested by Ohio EPA. Ohio EPA offers these on-site assessments free of charge to help companies reduce waste and be more competitive.

Small Business Assistance

Section 507 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 required each state to establish a Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) and Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) to help small businesses understand and comply with new air pollution regulations. In Ohio, the SBAP created by Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3704.18 is housed within Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP). The SBO created by ORC 3706.19 is housed within the Clean Air Resource Center of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.

A seven-member Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) in each state oversees the SBAP and SBO to ensure these programs provide useful services and regulatory guidance to small businesses. CAP appointment procedures and duties are outlined in ORC 3704.19. Current members, appointing authority, represented entity and term dates are available here. In addition, Ohio’s CAP receives support from a national coalition of state CAPs in communicating small business interests to U.S. EPA's Small Business Ombudsman in Washington, D.C. For more information about the CAP, email Brent Goetz or call (614) 644-3646.

Meeting Schedule and Minutes

The CAP meets quarterly to review the work of the SBAP and SBO offices. The CAP provides input from a small business perspective on new compliance assistance initiatives, environmental regulations and Agency actions. Meetings are held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Ohio EPA's Central Office in Conference Room D, 6th Floor. Dial in access is provided at (614) 644-4725.


  Winter Spring Summer Fall
2017
Feb. 14, 2017
May 11, 2017
Aug. 17, 2017
Nov. 16, 2017
2016 No meeting
No meeting
Aug. 11, 2016
Oct. 5, 2016
2015 Feb. 12, 2015
No meeting
Aug. 13, 2015
Nov. 12, 2015
2014 Feb. 20, 2014 No meeting Aug. 14, 2014 Nov. 13, 2014
2013 Feb. 14, 2013 June 6, 2013 Aug. 8, 2013 No meeting
         

 

OCAPP provides a variety of on-site assistance services to help you stay in compliance and implement pollution prevention.

Site Visits

  • Provides free and confidential assistance to help you understand and comply with environmental requirements.
  • Provides free and confidential assessments to help you evaluate pollution prevention, sustainable materials management, zero waste initiatives and other opportunities to help increase profits, productivity and efficiency while reducing costs.

Reporting, Permitting

  • Regulatory technical assistance by phone or email.
  • Assistance completing and submitting permit applications and reports, including navigating Ohio EPA’s e-Business Center.
  • On-site assistance with permit and environmental record-keeping requirements.
  • Interaction with other Ohio EPA divisions and district offices to get information and coordinate on projects.

Starting a New Business

  • Serves as the first stop for business start-up regarding environmental and regulatory questions.
  • Provides a single point of contact to help address multimedia compliance and regulatory needs.
  • Interacts with the appropriate Ohio EPA divisions and district offices to coordinate on projects and set up introductory meetings.

Pathway to Sustainability

  • Helps review process operations to identify where to make changes to reduce waste and associated costs.
  • Provides assistance and feedback on meeting corporate sustainability and environmental management system goals.
  • Demonstrates the link between lean manufacturing and pollution prevention and how it can improve your bottom line.
  • Provides assistance with sustainable materials management through the use and reuse of materials in the most productive way throughout a materials life cycle.
  • Assists in achieving zero landfill goals by identifying appropriate pollution prevention and sustainable materials management practices.
  • Identifies and promotes these types of sustainable activities through our multi-level Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) award and recognition program.

Ohio EPA's Ohio Materials Marketplace is an online network designed to facilitate cross-industry materials reuse among Ohio companies and organizations. The Ohio Materials Marketplace aims to create a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where one organization’s hard-to-recycle wastes and by-products become another organization’s raw material. In addition to diverting waste from landfills, these recovery activities generate significant cost savings and create new jobs and business opportunities. Participation is open to any company or organization with operations in Ohio.

Apply today to join the Ohio Materials Marketplace. If you have questions or need assistance with the form, please contact Joseph Klatt.

Hotline: (800) 329-7518  

Phone: (614) 644-3469
Fax: (614) 644-2807

Email Webmaster

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

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

     
Stevenson, Laurie

Chief

(614) 644-4405

Sowry, Dan

Assistant Chief

(614) 728-8575

Kelley, Michael

Manager

(614) 644-2930

     

 

Compliance Assistance

 

Get help with environmental regulations and permitting requirements. Provides onsite assessments upon request and helps with EPA-related paperwork.

Goetz, Brent Supervisor (614) 644-3646
Vacant Central District Office
Girard, Tamara Northeast District Office (330) 963-1282
Schmidt, John Northeast District Office (330) 963-1250
Nabors, Ron Northwest District Office (419) 373-3147
Scoles, Jeremy Northwest District Office (419) 373-3095
Witte, Ralph Southeast District Office (740) 380-5241
Hicks, Amber Southwest District Office (937) 285-6439

 

 

 

Sustainability

 

Get help with waste reduction, meeting environmental requirements, sustainable materials management, zero waste initiatives and recognizing environmental excellence. Provides assistance in identifying new recyclable waste streams, developing sustainable markets and expanding litter prevention.

Basting, Frank

Supervisor

(614) 644-3544

Dong, Howard

Pollution Prevention Assistance, Encouraging Environmental Excellence

(614) 644-2130

Arroyo-Rodriguez, Angel

Sustainable Practices, Green Planning, Program Development, Community Outreach

(614) 728-5336

Foulkes, Dave

Sustainability, Onsite Pollution Prevention Assistance

(614) 644-3118

Klatt, Joseph

Sustainable Practices, Materials Exchange

(614) 705-1147

Narotski, Bill

Onsite Pollution Prevention Assistance, Sustainability, Encouraging Environmental Excellence

(614) 728-1264

 

 

 

What is Ohio EPA's E3 Program?
Dan Sowry, assistant chief of the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, talks about the Encouraging Environmental Excellence program which recognizes and encourages Ohio businesses to become better stewards of the environment.