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. 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

Reducing Risk from Emissions

How can we reduce the risk of health problems caused by exposure to vehicle emissions? Not driving is the obvious suggestion, but that isn't always practical. Instead, you can carpool, use mass transit, bicycle or walk whenever possible. The fewer vehicles on the highway, the fewer pollutants emitted in the air.

Another way to reduce vehicle pollution is by practicing good vehicle maintenance. Your vehicle owner's manual has a suggested maintenance schedule. Vehicles pollute the least amount when they are new. Over time, the emission control systems degrade and pollution increases. Keeping your vehicle well-maintained with regular tune-ups will prolong the efficiency of your engine and its emission control systems. Keeping filters and catalytic converters clean will decrease fuel consumption and help assure that the pollution control devices are in good working order.

Don't overfill or top off your vehicle's gas tank. Gasoline that spills, as well as fumes that escape, react with nitrogen oxides and sunlight and create smog.

Stop your vehicle's engine if it is idling at a drive-up window or in traffic jams and limit warm-up time in the winter. Contrary to popular belief, turning off and starting an engine uses less gasoline than letting it idle for 30 seconds.

Keeping tires properly inflated and wheels aligned not only improve fuel economy but help reduce air pollution.

Most importantly, do not remove or tamper with pollution controls.