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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



8/22/18
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: James Lee
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

PEW Charitable Trusts Identifies Ohio EPA Among Agencies with Innovative Approach to Helping Businesses Navigate Regulations  

Ohio’s EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) earned the attention of the Pew Charitable Trusts this month for the Agency’s innovative approach to providing free, customized and confidential support to help businesses achieve and maintain compliance with environmental laws and regulations. The PEW Report was part of the policy-focused, nonprofit organization’s research into state-based programs which provide an essential public service (e.g. protecting human health and the environment), while also encouraging business growth and job creation.

PEW interviewed Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler for the report. “I’m pleased Ohio EPA continues to be recognized as an innovative national leader among state environmental agencies,” Director Butler said.  “Providing technical assistance to help businesses achieve compliance is what ultimately protects the environment, encourages job growth and serves the public interest. While we do take enforcement action when warranted, it’s not necessarily the first arrow that you take out of the quiver when you’re trying to solve a particular issue or a problem.”

Among Ohio EPA’s services highlighted by the report is OCAPP’s one-stop-shop, which assists small businesses with potentially complicated emissions calculations to determine if they need an air permit, and assistance in completing permit application forms. PEW notes that OCAPP provides consultation that might “otherwise be out of reach for small businesses with limited resources and helps the agency prevent future noncompliance through education.”

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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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