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. 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault

Information Session to Discuss Waste Acceptance Criteria Implementation Plan at Former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Virtual Meeting Scheduled Sept. 22

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual information session to provide an overview of the Waste Acceptance Criteria Implementation Plan (WACIP) for the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.  

During the information session, which will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, the Agency will give a short presentation on the implementation plan and respond to questions regarding Ohio EPA’s evaluation of the WACIP. Participants must pre-register for the information session online.

While Ohio EPA oversees some environmental-related work at this site, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is the lead agency at the former plant. DOE submitted a draft WACIP to Ohio EPA in 2018 and submitted a revised WACIP in April 2020. The WACIP lays out the framework for how Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) requirements will be implemented to ensure that only materials that have previously been approved as part of the WAC are allowed to be placed in the on-site waste disposal facility. Ohio Department of Health has reviewed the radiological components of the WACIP. The implementation plan establishes the roles and responsibilities of the Waste Acceptance Organization. As demolition and excavation projects move forward, DOE will develop project-specific WAC compliance plans based on types of waste and how that waste was generated. 

Anyone may request to be on the mailing list for information by emailing with the subject line: WACIP. This document is not appealable to the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission.  


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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