As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



October 23, 2018
Ohio EPA Announces $15 Million in First Round ‘VW Settlement Grants’ to Improve Air Quality
Ohio EPA has selected 21 VW Mitigation Grant recipients for projects geared toward reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment. NOx emissions are significant contributors to ground-level ozone pollution. This first round of funding from Ohio’s portion of the national Volkswagen settlement directs $15 million toward replacing diesel engines in the state’s counties that presently do not meet federal air quality standards for ozone.

October 22, 2018
Central Ohio Communities Receive $57 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA
Communities in Central Ohio are receiving $57 million in low-interest and principal forgiveness funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2018.

September 25, 2018
Six Organizations Receive Ohio EPA Education Grants
Six Ohio organizations are receiving Ohio EPA Environmental Education mini grants for projects focused on habitat restoration, storm water management and environmental careers. Six mini grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $27,009.

August 6, 2018
Central Ohio Communities Receive $60 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA to Improve Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure
Communities in Central Ohio are receiving approximately $60 million in low-interest and principal forgiveness funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between April 1 and June 30, 2018.

July 23, 2018
Newark Improving Wastewater System with Financing from Ohio EPA
Newark is rebuilding and replacing equipment associated with the city’s wastewater sludge digestion system with help from a low-interest loan from Ohio EPA.

June 25, 2018
Former Lancaster Lab Analyst Convicted, Sentenced for Falsifying Drinking Water Data
Ryan Guisinger, a former Lancaster City drinking water plant employee, was sentenced last week in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court for a felony conviction of falsifying data. Guisinger’s crimes date back to 2015 and 2016 when the lab analyst was caught entering false data rather than processing and recording actual treatment analysis.

June 23, 2018
Ohio EPA Announces New Lead Curtain Project at Cardinal Shooting Center
Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler recently announced a pilot project at the Cardinal Shooting Center and Campground (CSCC) in Marengo to install the first lead curtain abatement system in Ohio.

June 13, 2018
Columbus, Nine Central Ohio Counties Receive Funding from Ohio EPA to Help Homeowners with Failing Home Septic Systems
Ohio EPA is offering communities financial assistance through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) to help low- to moderate-income homeowners repair and replace failing home sewage treatment systems (HSTS). 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.

June 5, 2018
Franklin, Madison County Organizations Receive Ohio EPA Education Grants
The Franklin County Drainage Engineer and Madison Soil and Water Conservation District are receiving Ohio EPA Environmental Education mini grants for projects focused on storm water and water quality issues. Eight mini grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $27,433.

May 30, 2018
Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Grant to Newark Organization
Together We Grow, Inc. has been awarded a $35,473 Ohio EPA Environmental Education grant to implement a composting program in Newark City Schools. It is one of four grant recipients statewide totaling $168,458.

April 19, 2018
Morrow County Installing Sanitary Sewers in Iberia Area With Assistance from Ohio EPA Financing
Morrow County is designing a centralized sewage collection system for the Iberia area with interest-free financing from Ohio EPA.

April 16, 2018
Ohio EPA Updates Findings on Sources of Nutrients Impacting Ohio Waters
As required by state legislation signed in 2015 (House Bill 64), Ohio EPA has completed its second statewide study identifying sources and estimating the annual amount of phosphorus and other nutrients flowing from the state’s watersheds into Lake Erie and the Ohio River. The study covers the Maumee, Portage, Sandusky, Vermilion, Cuyahoga, Great Miami, Scioto and Muskingum watersheds, and includes some direct tributaries to Lake Erie, which collectively represent surface water quality from 66 percent of the entire state.

April 11, 2018
Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Plan Addressing Contamination at Westerville Site
The preferred plan to address the former Kilgore Manufacturing property in Westerville will be the subject of an Ohio EPA public meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science, 600 N. Spring Road, Westerville.

March 5, 2018
Franklin County Landfill Expansion Permit Subject of Ohio EPA Meeting
Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on March 19, 2018, regarding a proposed expansion of the Franklin County Landfill that, if approved, would bring the landfill’s total footprint to 333 acres. The meeting will be at Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road, Grove City.

January 17, 2018
Danville Improving Wastewater Treatment Plant with Financing from Ohio EPA
Danville will improve the village’s wastewater treatment plant with a project financed by an interest-free loan from Ohio EPA.

 
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