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



5/26/20
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

E-Check Stations Re-Opening May 26

With the re-opening of Ohio BMV registrars, Ohio EPA has asked its contractor that operates the E-Check automobile emissions testing stations in the seven-county Cleveland-Akron metro area to re-open all stations today. 

To be both protective of its employees and customers entering the E-Check stations, Envirotest Systems is taking several COVID-19 related precautions, including following guidelines issued by the Ohio Department of Health. These precautions include: one employee working per lane; all employees will be wearing gloves, face mask, face shield, and safety glasses; reducing or eliminating touch points with customer vehicles; monitoring the health of its employees each day; and implementing enhanced cleaning procedures of all commonly touched surfaces within stations.

It is also recommended that customers consider traveling to the E-Check station alone and wear some type of face covering, as part of the E-Check procedures may require vehicle occupants to exit the vehicle for a brief duration during testing.

After the stations closed on March 19, Ohio EPA coordinated with Ohio BMV to issue a six-month extension to all motorists whose vehicle renewal was due between Feb. 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. That six-month extension remains in effect because motorists have six months from the date the vehicle renewal is due to have their vehicle tested, so motorists should not immediately need to get an E-check test upon reopening. Staggering visits and planning ahead will help reduce wait times. To help avoid long wait periods, motorists also have the option to use one of the of 16 self-serve kiosks available 24 hours a day. In addition, Envirotest will be frequently updating its website at ohioecheck.info to keep customers informed of station volume; customers should check wait times before they go to a station.

Motorists in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties are required to get their vehicles’ emissions tested and brought to passing every other year before renewing the vehicles’ registration. Vehicles with model years four years old or newer and older than 25 years are exempted. E-Check is normally offered at 23 full-service stations and 46 independent repair shops in Northeast Ohio. Updates and information about the E-Check program is at ohioecheck.org.

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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.

 
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