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. 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



 

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2020

Ohio Releases Updated Domestic Action Plan Draft

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will host a webinar on Feb. 24, 2020, to answer questions about the draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 that was released on Jan. 28.

The Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 is a plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This draft Ohio plan is a continuation of the Western Basin of Lake Erie Collaboration Implementation Framework finalized by the State of Ohio in early 2017 and supports Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio plan, which was released in Nov. 2019. 

The webinar will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Feb. 24. To register and join the webinar, visit: https://ohioepa.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=ohioepa&service=6&main_url=%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fmainframe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dohioepa%26main_url%3D%252Fec3300%252Feventcenter%252Fenroll%252Fjoin.do%253Fsiteurl%253Dohioepa%2526confId%253D152980856866125233 or go to lakeerie.ohio.gov and click the link to the webinar.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will finalize the update of the Ohio Domestic Action Plan 2020 in coordination with Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), which each share responsibility for implementing the plan. 

The draft plan is available at https://lakeerie.ohio.gov/LakeEriePlanning/OhioDomesticActionPlan2018.aspx. Public comments can be emailed to dap@lakeerie.ohio.gov and are being accepted until the close of business on March 2, 2020.

OLEC was established to preserve Lake Erie's natural resources, protect the quality of its waters and ecosystem and promote economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) serves as the commission's chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development Services, Agriculture, Natural Resources and five additional members appointed by Governor Mike DeWine.

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For more information, contact:
Heidi Griesmer, Ohio EPA
(614) 644-2160

 
 800-282-9378