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

MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer

Ohio EPA Announces New Grant Application Opportunities for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF)

Potential applicants for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund grants can now view guidelines online and should plan to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to apply by March 4, 2014, and a complete application by March 11.

Application guidelines are posted for the spring and summer 2014 grant cycles. The LOI and application can be completed in the OEEF grant service in Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center.

The LOI should include contact information for the project director and a short description of the proposed project. OEEF staff will normally approve LOIs and assign a grant application number within one business day, allowing applicants to begin entering their application information in the OEEF grant service. Applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. on March 11. The next application cycle will have an LOI deadline of July 8 and an application deadline of July 15.

OEEF application guidelines are written to align education projects with Ohio EPA’s regulatory priorities and environmental issues of current concern. During 2014, the OEEF has four targeted areas of focus:

  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the use of innovative storm water management practices;
  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the reduction of air emissions, including, but not limited to, promotion of alternative modes of transportation;
  • projects that encourage and explain the importance of habitat restoration efforts to increase biodiversity and improve air and water quality; and
  • targeted efforts to encourage nutrient management practices, including, but not limited to, awareness campaigns to reduce nutrient loadings to rivers and streams from urban and rural areas.

Ohio EPA encourages prospective applicants to contact the OEEF staff at (614) 644-2873 or to discuss project ideas and request staff review of draft proposals before the submittal deadline.


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.