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. 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response, Questions, and Guidance

With the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Governor’s stay at home order in March 2020, Ohio EPA recognized that regulated entities could be impacted by a reduced workforce necessary to maintain normal operations at some facilities. Given these circumstances, Ohio EPA allowed entities to submit requests for regulatory flexibility to assist them in alternative approaches to maintaining compliance, such as extending reporting deadlines, consideration of waiving late fees, and exercising enforcement discretion. Providing regulatory flexibility was also consistent with U.S. EPA’s March 26, 2020, memorandum entitled COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.

Under Ohio EPA’s regulatory flexibility approach, all regulated entities remained obligated to take all available actions necessary to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and permit requirements to protect the health and safety of Ohioans and the environment. In order to be considered for regulatory flexibility, the regulated entity was required to submit an individual request explaining the impact of COVID-19 and the specific flexibility requested.

With the lifting of Ohio’s stay at home order and the reopening of businesses under Ohio’s Responsible RestartOhio Plan, Ohio EPA discontinued considering any new COVID-19 regulatory flexibility requests effective Aug. 31, 2020. This deadline is also consistent with U.S. EPA’s termination of federally related regulatory flexibility requests.