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 Taking Comments on Exemption to State Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rules

Ohio EPA is proposing to allow an exemption to Ohio’s greenhouse gas tailoring rules for facilities that use biomass as fuel in order to mirror the federal rule.

A public hearing to accept comments on the proposed rule changes is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the 6th Floor Conference Center, Room 6B at Ohio EPA, Lazarus Government Center, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. The public hearing will end when everyone has had an opportunity to testify. Visitors to the building must provide a photo I.D.

Written comments may be mailed or emailed to Mike Ahern, Division of Air Pollution Control, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. Written comments also may also be submitted to the hearing officer at the public hearing. All testimony received by the close of business on Feb. 8, 2012, will be considered by Ohio EPA in developing changes to the final rule.

Copies of the proposed rule changes are available online by clicking on the chapter titled “Permits to Install New Sources,” or by contacting the Division of Air Pollution Control, at (614) 644-2270. In addition, full copies of the proposed rules are available for review at an Ohio EPA district office and Ohio EPA’s Central Office.