In Your Community

A New Webinar Series for Environmental Issues at the Local Level.

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Local officials wear a lot of hats and may not be familiar with the many environmental issues that affect their communities. The Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance is launching a new series of webinars focused on those environmental issues that have an impact at the local level. These webinars will occur throughout the year and cover a wide range of topics from how Ohio EPA regulates sources of air pollution, waste management, wastewater and storm water discharges to different ways your community can promote environmental stewardship and improve the environment in your local area.

DEFA will use these webinars to share details about Ohio EPA's roles, processes, and partners, in addressing environmental issues facing Ohio's communities. They will also share resources and tools for planning and responding to the environmental concerns that impact all Ohioans at the local level. Planned webinar topics include:

  • Environmental regulation of businesses
  • Managing contaminated sites
  • Septic systems
  • Odors and dust
  • Nuisance waste sites

Open Burning, Odors, Dust, and Asbestos in Demolition in Your Community – June 30, 2020 (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

Presenter: Jim Kavalec, Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control

Description: Open burning, Odor and dust complaints are the most frequently received complaints Ohio EPA's Division of Air Pollution Control receives. Ohio EPA also receives numerous questions about the regulation and management of asbestos during demolition. There are state regulations dealing with open burning, dust and nuisance odors, but what should you do if you or your community is having issues with either of these? And how should your community deal with various asbestos issues that may arise when demolition occurs? This webinar will detail what requirements the state has for facilities in your community with dust or odor issues, or those undergoing demolition where asbestos may be present. We will discuss what to do if you get a complaint from your community regarding dust and odors and your local ordinances do not address the problem. Or when demolition activities occur, and asbestos is suspected or found. You will also learn when to ask your district office for help.

Managing Contaminated Sites in Your Community – July 16, 2020 (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

Presenter: Lisa Shook, Ohio EPA Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization

It’s important that local leaders are aware of how contaminated sites are regulated to keep residents safe and what redevelopment opportunities exist. This webinar will explain the basics of environmental clean-up regulations, will provide an overview of liability, due care, land use restrictions, and will explain Brownfield funding assistance that is available.

Recorded Webinars

  • Sustainability in Your Community – From energy efficiency to zero waste, many communities are embracing sustainability and "green" approaches as the most cost-effective way to address environmental issues. This webinar will introduce sustainability concepts and provide examples of how sustainability and "green" approaches can be used to improve the environment in your community. The webinar will focus on the resources from Ohio EPA, including the Ohio Materials Marketplace, the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program, and Ohio EPA's environmental assistance resources; that can assist communities to become more sustainable.

    Presenters: Bill Narotski and Frank Basting, OCAPP, DEFA

Upcoming Webinars

Presenters and webinar dates will be provided in the near future.

  • Environmental Regulations of Businesses in Your Community – Many environmental regulations affect businesses in your community. Ohio EPA regulates sources of air pollution, waste handling, wastewater and storm water discharges, and more. This webinar will provide an overview of the environmental regulations affecting both large and small businesses in your community, and explain Ohio EPA's permitting, inspection and enforcement procedures.
  • Home Septic Systems in Your Community – Onsite wastewater treatment systems (i.e., septic systems) are used to treat wastewater and include residential, commercial, and community systems. If not maintained, septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants into local waterways. This webinar will explain what a septic system is and how it functions; how to properly maintain a septic system; how septic systems are regulated across the state; and what technical and financial assistance is available for your community.
  • Nuisance Waste Sites, Illegal Dumping, and Scrap Tires in Your Community – Hidden dump piles, trash strewn property, abandoned buildings filled with junk, and tire piles left by the roadside – community leaders make discoveries like these all the time. Recycling efforts that start out with good intentions and get out of hand with flat markets and poor planning are sometimes to blame; however local officials are often left to clean up the mess. Community leaders will want to join this webinar to learn about how to recognize and address these nuisance waste situations and find out about the tools that are available to help. Attendees will hear about nuisance waste sites for materials like shingles, scrap tires, electronic and other recyclable commodities, and how Ohio EPA can help your community address these nuisance dumping situations.
  • Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Communities (E3C) Recognition Program – Ohio EPA is starting a new program to recognize communities in the Buckeye State for their exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Any local government of Ohio can be recognized for its commitment to environmental excellence. In preparation for the first awards cycle, DEFA is offering a free webinar that will discuss how to apply for an E3C award, including how to put together a successful online application and steps organizations can take to apply, types of information Ohio EPA needs to complete the review process, successful components of applications and requirements for each level, and how DEFA can help organizations complete successful applications.