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. 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

MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA Recognizes Magnificat High School with Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education Award

Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson has awarded Magnificat High School with the Leaf Class of Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4). 

Magnificat High School has supported and encouraged a student sustainability club for more than two decades, incorporating environmental education in all grade levels and subject matters, and challenging a neighboring school to a “Race to Zero” competition to reduce compost contamination.

“We greatly appreciate Magnificat High School’s efforts to foster the students’ environmental stewardship creativity while also incorporating environmental and sustainable concepts into school curriculum,” said Director Stevenson. “Magnificat High School is an environmental steward in the community and an environmental leader in our state.” 

Magnificat President Moira Clark said, "We are proud of the ongoing efforts made by our school community around sustainability, and we are grateful to be recognized by the Ohio EPA through the E4 Program."

The E4 program recognizes K-12 public or private schools for achievements in environmental stewardship and efforts to educate students on environmental topics. The program has three levels: root, branch, and leaf, based on how many of the ‘Three R” environmental principles (reduce, reuse, and recycle) the school is incorporating in its curriculum or school activities. Schools can apply at any time through a downloadable application.

The recognition program is based on the Encouraging Environmental Excellence program, which recognizes businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. 
To learn more about the E4 program go to and click on the “Education” tab, or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518. 


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.