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. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, 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.



September 17, 2020
Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Phillips Drive Bank Restoration Application
Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public hearing to take comments on an application for a water quality certification related to the proposed Phillips Drive bank restoration in Mount Vernon.

September 11, 2020
Study of Lake Erie Central Basin Tributaries Released
Ohio EPA today released a study examining water and sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from 38 named and unnamed rivers and streams that flow into the Lake Erie Central Basin in northeast Ohio. These small streams drain approximately 1,040 square miles in portions of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain counties.

September 10, 2020
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Stream Quality Designation Rules
Ohio EPA is proposing changes beneficial use designation rules for the Maumee River, Sandusky River, Huron River, and Portage River watersheds. A virtual public hearing about the amended rules will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

August 18, 2020
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Renewing General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
Ohio EPA will accept public comments at a virtual public hearing about renewing the small municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) general permit. Small MS4s are storm sewer systems serving fewer than 100,000 people in urbanized areas.

August 10, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Requests Public Comments about Ashtabula River Area of Concern
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA are accepting comments for the proposed removal of a beneficial use impairment that restricts navigational dredging activities within the Ashtabula River Area of Concern.

August 7, 2020
Central Ohio Communities Receive $144 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA to Improve Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure
Communities in Central Ohio are receiving $144 million in low-interest funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

August 7, 2020
Southwest Ohio Communities Receive $14.8 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements
Communities in Southwest Ohio are receiving more than $14.8 million in low-interest rate funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

August 7, 2020
Northwest Ohio Communities Receive $82 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements
Communities in Northwest Ohio are receiving more than $82 million in low-interest rate funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

August 7, 2020
Southeast Ohio Communities Receive $52 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA to Improve Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure
Communities in Southeast Ohio are receiving a total of $52 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 Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

July 30, 2020
Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Ranco North America
Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public hearing to accept public comments on a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System renewal application for Ranco North America in Union County.

July 23, 2020
Study of Rocky River Tributaries Released
Ohio EPA today released a study examining water and sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from 28 named and unnamed rivers and streams that flow into the Rocky River in northeast Ohio. These small streams drain approximately 294 square miles in portions of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties.

July 20, 2020
Ohio EPA Accepting Public Comments About Multi-Watershed Plan to Address Bacteria Impairments
Ohio EPA is accepting public comments regarding a proposal to address bacteria contamination in streams around the state with a multi-watershed improvement plan. Comments will be accepted through Sept. 2, 2020.

July 7, 2020
Virtual Meeting Set about Water Quality Impacts from Ohio Turnpike Project
Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at an online public hearing for a water quality certification application related to a proposed toll booth construction project on the Ohio Turnpike in Williams County.

June 25, 2020
Ohio EPA Issues General Permit for Impacts to Ephemeral Streams
Ohio EPA is announcing the availability of a general permit that will be available to applicants for projects that impact ephemeral streams.

June 23, 2020
Study of Southwest Ohio River Tributaries Released
Two aquatic insects never previously recorded in Ohio were found during an Ohio EPA study of 65 streams that flow into the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio. Today, Ohio EPA released the study, which examines water quality, sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from small streams that drain portions of Adams, Brown, and Scioto counties.

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