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. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, 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.

September 30, 2020
Ohio EPA Schedules Meeting About Campbell’s Wastewater Discharge Permit
Ohio EPA is considering a request to add a new wastewater discharge location for the Campbell Soup plant in Napoleon and incorporate the outfall and discharge limits into a wastewater discharge permit renewal for the facility.

September 17, 2020
Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Phillips Drive Bank Restoration Application
Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public hearing to take comments on an application for a water quality certification related to the proposed Phillips Drive bank restoration in Mount Vernon.

September 11, 2020
Study of Lake Erie Central Basin Tributaries Released
Ohio EPA today released a study examining water and sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from 38 named and unnamed rivers and streams that flow into the Lake Erie Central Basin in northeast Ohio. These small streams drain approximately 1,040 square miles in portions of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain counties.

September 10, 2020
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Stream Quality Designation Rules
Ohio EPA is proposing changes beneficial use designation rules for the Maumee River, Sandusky River, Huron River, and Portage River watersheds. A virtual public hearing about the amended rules will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

August 4, 2020
Ohio EPA Requests Nominations to Finance Wastewater Projects
Communities seeking funding assistance for wastewater infrastructure projects for program year 2021 are encouraged to apply for assistance under the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). Projects may be nominated by following the instructions and forms available on Ohio EPA’s website. Nominations must be received by Aug. 31, 2020.

July 30, 2020
Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Ranco North America
Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public hearing to accept public comments on a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System renewal application for Ranco North America in Union County.

July 23, 2020
Study of Rocky River Tributaries Released
Ohio EPA today released a study examining water and sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from 28 named and unnamed rivers and streams that flow into the Rocky River in northeast Ohio. These small streams drain approximately 294 square miles in portions of Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, and Summit counties.

July 21, 2020
Ohio EPA Announces H2Ohio Funding to Replace Failing Household Sewage Treatment Systems
Today, Ohio EPA announced that several communities will receive financial assistance as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative to help low- to moderate-income homeowners repair and replace failing household sewage treatment systems (HSTS). Health departments in Erie, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood counties will each receive $250,000 in H2Ohio funding to replace failing household sewage treatment systems.

July 20, 2020
Ohio EPA Accepting Public Comments About Multi-Watershed Plan to Address Bacteria Impairments
Ohio EPA is accepting public comments regarding a proposal to address bacteria contamination in streams around the state with a multi-watershed improvement plan. Comments will be accepted through Sept. 2, 2020.

July 17, 2020
Ohio EPA Detects PFAS in Bridgeport Public Water System
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) released an update today on the testing of drinking water from public water systems being analyzed for the prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

July 17, 2020
State Works With U.S. EPA and Ohio WRC at OSU to Test Wastewater Treatment Plants for COVID-19
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Ohio EPA are coordinating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati and the Ohio Water Resources Center (Ohio WRC) at The Ohio State University on a monitoring study that includes sampling from several of Ohio’s municipal sewage and wastewater treatment systems to determine the presence of coronavirus ribonucleic acid (RNA) fragments.

July 7, 2020
Virtual Meeting Set about Water Quality Impacts from Ohio Turnpike Project
Ohio EPA will present information and accept comments at an online public hearing for a water quality certification application related to a proposed toll booth construction project on the Ohio Turnpike in Williams County.

June 25, 2020
Ohio EPA Issues General Permit for Impacts to Ephemeral Streams
Ohio EPA is announcing the availability of a general permit that will be available to applicants for projects that impact ephemeral streams.

June 23, 2020
Study of Southwest Ohio River Tributaries Released
Two aquatic insects never previously recorded in Ohio were found during an Ohio EPA study of 65 streams that flow into the Ohio River in Southwest Ohio. Today, Ohio EPA released the study, which examines water quality, sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from small streams that drain portions of Adams, Brown, and Scioto counties.

June 19, 2020
Ohio EPA Issues Permit for Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth
Ohio EPA today issued a wastewater discharge permit to Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC to discharge water into the Scioto River, Little Beaver Creek, Big Run, and the West Ditch.

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