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

MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Lauer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA Hearing Set for Changes to Athens-Hocking Reclamation Center Permit

Ohio EPA is considering an updated draft permit for the Athens-Hocking Reclamation Center. The proposal will be the subject of a public information session and hearing at 6 p.m. on April 11, 2016, in the Athens Public Library, 30 Home St., Athens.

Since 1994, the facility, located at 17970 U.S. Route 33, Nelsonville, has accepted aluminum production wastes, which includes dross, salt cake and bag house dust among other things. Since 2007, the local health department has imposed special license conditions to ensure this waste is disposed in a protective manner. Subsequent amendments to state law require the owner or operator of a landfill that continues to accept of aluminum production wastes to obtain a permit from Ohio EPA. If approved, the permit would incorporate most of the special operational and monitoring conditions established in the facility license since 2007.

Ohio EPA values public opinion and the public hearing will end when everyone in attendance has had an opportunity to testify. For people who cannot attend, or who would prefer to put their comments in writing, Ohio EPA will accept comments through April 18, 2016. Comments may be sent to or Division of Materials and Waste Management, 50 W Town St, Suite 700, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, Attn: Brian Dearth.


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.