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


Ohio EPA Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss a Plan for a Portion of The Diamond Shamrock Site

A plan for a parcel of land located at the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works site will be the focus of an Ohio EPA public meeting set for Thursday, August 27, 2015.

An information session and public hearing will be held to provide citizens with an opportunity to ask questions and submit comments concerning Ohio EPA’s preferred plan for operable unit 5 (OU5). This is one of 24 operable units or parcels of property that make up the 1,100-acre Diamond Shamrock Site. OU5 is currently owned by Elm Street Truck Depot, LLC.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Painesville Township Hall, 55 Nye Road, Painesville. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting, or they can be submitted to Ohio EPA through September 4, 2015.

OU5 (2.9-acres) is located in the southern portion of the Diamond Shamrock property. The proposed remedial plan would maintain the existing environmental covenant which restricts OU5 to commercial and industrial use only. The environmental covenant also prohibits the use of ground water and requires annual reporting.

In addition to the public meeting, anyone wishing to submit comments in writing to Ohio EPA may do so: Attn: Teri Heer, Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, 44087, or email

The preferred plans are available for review at the Morley Library in Painesville, the Fairport Harbor Library in Fairport Harbor, and at Ohio EPA’s Northeast District Office by calling 330-963- 1200. Electronic copies are available online at


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.