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 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


April 6 Hearing Set for Revised Rules for Closing Facilities

Ohio EPA is seeking public input until April 6, 2017, about proposed changes to rules governing facilities that temporarily or permanently stop regulated operations. 

A public hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on April 6, 2017, at Ohio EPA conference center room A, 6th floor, Lazarus Government Center, 50 West Town Street, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification in order to register at the security desk in the lobby upon arrival. 

Typically known as the Cessation of Regulated Operations (CRO), these rules include requirements for the proper handling of contaminated equipment and waste materials, hazardous substances, site security, designating a contact person, etc. These requirements are designed to ensure the protection of human health and the environment when a facility is no longer operating. One of the nine rules regulating this program would be amended to update a list of cross-references.

Written testimony should be sent to the attention of Kit Arthur, DERR, Ohio EPA, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus Ohio, 43216-1049, or emailed to


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.