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.

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


Ohio EPA Drafts Hazardous Waste Rules to Require Report Every Two Years

Ohio EPA is holding a review period for interested parties to make comments on a package of nine proposed hazardous waste rules regarding reporting requirements.  The purpose of the rulemaking is to change the frequency that regulated facilities must submit a hazardous waste report to Ohio EPA from annual to biennial.

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing regarding the revisions on Dec. 19, 2012, at 10:30 Columbus.  Those who intend to provide testimony at the hearing should preregister by calling (614) 644-2160.  All interested parties are entitled to present verbal or written comments concerning the proposed rulemaking. Visitors should bring a photo I.D. to check in at the building security desk.

The rules do not change any recordkeeping or record retention requirements.  Copies, manifests and other required shipping or transport-related records, generator records, waste descriptions, analysis and other requirements would still be required under the changes, as previously indicated in the rules. These records need to be available for inspection regardless of whether they are used to compile a hazardous waste report.

To learn more about the biennial set rules may be mailed to the Division of Materials and Waste Management, Attention: Kit Arthur, Ohio EPA, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.  Comments on these draft rules also may be submitted via email to by Dec.19, 2012. Ohio EPA will consider all comments before finalizing these rule changes.


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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.