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 Meeting Set for Ranco North America

Public Meeting/Public Hearing Scheduled August 12, 2020

Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public hearing to accept public comments on a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System renewal application for Ranco North America in Union County.  

During the virtual meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the Agency will give a short presentation on the renewal application and answer questions from the public. A hearing will immediately follow, during which the public can submit comments, on the record, about the draft permit. Citizens who want to participate must preregister in advance for the meeting. 

The proposed project, if approved, may result in a change from current water quality conditions of Robinson Run and Big Darby Creek, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment. The project involves eliminating the treatment system associated with the ground water interceptor trench and will allow ground water to enter Robinson Run naturally. 

Ohio EPA will accept written electronic comments on the renewal application through August 19. Comments may be submitted electronically at the public meeting or by email to epa.dswcomments@epa.ohio.gov, or by mail to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Attn: Permits Processing, PO Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Please put the NPDES #4IC00008 or project name with each comment sent. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. 

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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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