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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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946

CITIZEN CONTACT: Amber Finkelstein

Ohio EPA, Columbus Chemical Company Settle Air Pollution Violations

In a settlement with Ohio EPA, Bonded Chemicals Inc. has agreed to resolve air pollution control violations at its facility, located at 2645 Charter St., Columbus. The company stocks a complete line of industrial chemicals for distribution to municipalities.

Ohio law requires facilities that have greater than a threshold amount of certain materials file a risk management plan with Ohio EPA. The plan outlines how the company will prevent accidental releases, which includes staff training and handling procedures for working with the chemical as well as describing a worst-case scenario.

The worst-case scenario in the plan is useful in case of emergency releases. Companies often coordinate plan development with local fire departments and other emergency responders.

During an inspection last year, Ohio EPA noted five violations, three of which were repeated from a 2003 inspection and resolved in 2004. The repeated 2011 violations included failure to maintain records for worst case and alternative scenarios; conduct a five-year hazard review; and create and implement a maintenance program. The new 2011 violations were failure to maintain population data for hazard assessments and the timely revision and submission of a risk management plan. The 2011 violations have since been remedied.

Civil penalties benefit Ohio EPA’s Clean Diesel School Bus Program Fund, the Risk Management Plan fund and regulatory program oversight.