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 firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov 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.



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Ohio EPA Hearing for Proposed Rules on Power Plant Efficiency

Public Hearing Oct. 16, 2020 


Ohio EPA is proposing changes to rules that address power plant efficiency. A virtual public hearing about the amended rules will be held Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. 

During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., the public may submit written comments on the record about the proposed amendments to the rules. Citizens who want to participate must register in advance of the meeting. 

The proposed new rules are being developed to comply with U.S. EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The federal ACE rule mandates the development of enforceable performance standards based on the application of technologies and methods U.S. EPA has determined to be the Best System of Emission Reduction (BSER) for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide. The rule allows states to consider other factors, such as remaining useful life, cost of compliance, and technical feasibility when establishing performance standards.  

After considering public comments, Ohio EPA will make any necessary changes and finalize the rule. 

Comments on the proposed rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted by emailing Jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends at close of business Oct. 16. More information on the proposed rules update is available online at the Division of Air Pollution Control Rules and Laws web page. See information under the “proposed rules” tab. 

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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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