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



December 27, 2017
Ohio EPA Sets Record Year with Nearly $1 Billion to Improve Water Quality in 2017
Ohio EPA issued more than $936 million this year to finance projects that upgrade drinking water infrastructure and improve the quality of Ohio’s lakes, rivers and streams — more than ever before in the 28-year history of the state’s revolving loan programs. All Ohio EPA loans are provided to communities at below market rates, and this year resulted in a combined savings of more than $150 million for Ohio’s counties, cities and villages.

December 15, 2017
Ohio EPA Announces 2018 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Program Management Plan
Ohio EPA has finalized the 2018 Program Management Plan for the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). The fund provides financial and technical assistance for projects that improve the quality of Ohio's rivers, streams, lakes and other water bodies.

December 8, 2017
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold December Meeting at Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Columbus
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Road, Columbus.

December 8, 2017
Ohio EPA Schedules Public Meetings on Plans for Volkswagen Settlement
Ohio EPA is asking for public comment on a plan to invest $75 million over the next 10 years to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution. Funding will come from dollars allocated to Ohio from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. Three regional public information sessions are scheduled for January 2018 to explain how the plan was developed and to answer questions.

December 6, 2017
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about New Compost Facility Rules
Significant rule changes are proposed for Class I-IV composting facilities that establish requirements for constructing, operating and closing compost facilities. These new and amended rules will be the subject of a Dec. 19, 2017, Ohio EPA public hearing.

December 5, 2017
Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Three Southern Ohio Organizations
Three southern Ohio organizations have received grants from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF): Athens City Schools, Public Media Connect and Imago.

December 5, 2017
Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Five Western Ohio Organizations
Five western Ohio organizations have received grants from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF): Graham Local Schools, Logan Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Brookville Local School, Public Media Connect and The Ohio State University.

December 5, 2017
Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Four Northeast Ohio Organizations
Four northeast Ohio organizations have received grants from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF): Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Western Reserve Land Conservancy and The Ohio State University.

December 4, 2017
Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Seven Central Ohio Organizations
Seven central Ohio organizations have received grants from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF): Columbus City Schools, Canal Winchester Local Schools, Slow Food Columbus, Columbus Public Health, Public Media Connect, Columbus Jewish Day School and The Ohio State University.

December 4, 2017
Environmental Education Grants Assisting Three Northwest Ohio Organizations
Three northwest Ohio organizations have received grants from Ohio EPA’s Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF): Antwerp Local Schools, Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Logan Soil and Water Conservation District.

December 4, 2017
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Wabash River Water Quality Use Designations
As part of ongoing efforts to document and improve the state’s water quality, Ohio EPA is updating the rule setting beneficial use designations for the Wabash River watershed in western Ohio. A public hearing about the rule will be held Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in Columbus.

December 1, 2017
Cuyahoga River Water Quality Continues to Improve; U.S. EPA Agrees to Remove “Aesthetics” Impairment Designation
Responding to Ohio EPA’s recommendation from earlier this year, the U.S. EPA has agreed to remove the “Degradation of Aesthetics” Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) from the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern (AOC).

 
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