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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.


New Hazardous Waste Rules Approved, Take Effect in October

Updated hazardous waste management rules will take effect on Oct. 5, 2020. Known as the generator improvement rules package, the new rules align Ohio’s rules with their federal counterparts.

Many of the rules in this package were designed to achieve consistency with U.S. EPA’s program for generators of hazardous waste and increase regulatory flexibility. This rule package also includes standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that will align Ohio’s rules with federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requirements for handling pharmaceuticals, prohibit disposal of pharmaceuticals in sewers, and update rules for managing over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy wastes.

Additionally, this package includes rules which will exclude undeployed airbag modules and inflators from being a hazardous waste provided the generator meets specified conditions (e.g., limiting quantity and duration waste can be stored on premises). This will allow automotive repair shops to more easily manage these airbag wastes, again bringing Ohio regulations in line with new federal regulations.

For further information and to review the final rules, click here for the adopted rules and the public notice of adoption. The rules are available as a zipped package, and as individual rules.

Ohio EPA developed the rules through early outreach to stakeholders followed by a public comment period and an Aug. 17 public hearing.


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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