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

Chris Abbruzzese

Statement Concerning the Decision by Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally to Withdraw the Agency Water Quality Standards and 401 Water Quality Certification Rule Package

This statement can be attributed in part or in whole to Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally

“After taking into consideration all of the information available to me, I have made a decision to withdraw Ohio EPA’s water quality rule package from JCARR and further vet them through the Common Sense Initiative process. I am confident the water quality rules are sound and clarify the requirements currently in place today, however, I believe the most prudent course to take is to utilize the new CSI process to address any potential concerns with the package.”

  • The water quality rule package was first introduced in February 2006.
  • The current package reflects changes made to address concerns with past versions.
  • The rule package includes state water quality standards, 401 water quality certifications and antidegradation.
  • Controversial sections of the package have been removed.
  • The package clarifies requirements currently in place.