The Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Advisory Board is now accepting funding proposals for projects that address environmental harm and public health, including projects that mitigate the impact of PCBs on Ohio soils, waterways and drinking water sources.
The PCB Advisory Board was created from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost, for the purpose of advising the Director of Ohio EPA on recommendations related to the allocation and use of the settlement funds awarded in Yost v. Monsanto Co. The lawsuit, which was initially filed by then-Attorney General DeWine in 2018, held Monsanto legally accountable for harm caused by their concealment, failure to warn, marketing, manufacturing, sale, and distribution of toxic PCBs.
The board will accept proposals from state agencies in Ohio through January 31, 2023. Other eligible applicants may submit project proposals through June 30, 2023. Depending on available funding, the Board may extend a second round of project proposals.
Eligible applicants include public, nonprofit, or college and university applicants for the planning, design, and construction of environmental projects anywhere in Ohio, including but not limited to source controls, remedial measures, and other actions that address environmental harm or benefit public health.
Under the MOU, the PCB Advisory Board is authorized to accept and review proposals for projects that address environmental harm or benefit the environment or public health, with a priority for projects that include PCB cleanup or removal.
The PCB Advisory Board will consider the following criteria in evaluating and selecting projects:
• Preference for PCB-related projects, including PCB remediation, removal, disposal, etc.
• Other discretionary factors, including:
o water quality improvement
o underserved communities
o brownfield redevelopment sites
o state owned properties
o geographic distribution
For more information on the Ohio PCB Advisory Board please visit: https://epa.ohio.gov/divisions-and-offices/directors-office/pcb-advisory-board. Project proposals can be sent to: OhioPCBBoard@epa.ohio.gov.
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.