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Training Updates

Help Ohio Recycle Shrink Wrap

  • On  April 1, 2021 in |
  • General
  • Each spring, all over Ohio, boats come out of their plastic-wrapped winter hibernation for another season on Lake Erie and other waterways. In the fall, those boats get a new coating of shrink-wrap to weather for the Ohio winter.

Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) 2020 Annual Report

  • On  April 1, 2021 in |
  • General
  • 2020 marked another successful year of enhanced services to Ohio’s businesses and communities through Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA). Through our team’s efforts, we surpassed prior years of assistance and service to our customers.

What is universal waste? How do I manage it properly?

  • On  April 1, 2021 in |
  • Rules/Regulations
  • Universal wastes are specific hazardous waste streams that a generator can choose to manage in an alternative manner in place of the more complex hazardous waste requirements.

Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program - Recognizing Organizations Committed to Environmental Excellence

  • On  April 1, 2021 in |
  • Deadlines
  • Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program recognizes an organization’s exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship. Any business, industry, trade association, professional organization, or local government of Ohio can be recognized for their commitment to environmental excellence. All applications are now accepted on a continual basis throughout the year.

Preparing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

  • On  April 1, 2021 in |
  • Rules/Regulations
  • The Industrial Stormwater General Permit covers new and existing point source discharges of stormwater associated with industrial activity to surface waters of the State. The permit requires developing and implementing a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). The purpose of implementing an SWPPP is to minimize or eliminate the potential for contamination of stormwater by industrial activities.

Meet the Staff

Community Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) Can Get Free On-Site Help to Maintain Compliance and Save Money

  • On  April 1, 2021 in |
  • Rules/Regulations
  • Ohio communities with wastewater treatment plants that have design capacities ranging from 1,000 gallons per day up to five million gallons a day (MGD) can access free on-site assistance to help address problems at their wastewater treatment plants. DEFA’s publicly owned treatment works (POTW) Compliance Assistance Unit (CAU) experts work alongside local wastewater treatment staff to help identify factors impacting the plant’s ability to operate in compliance with its discharge permits.

Drinking Water and Wastewater Regionalization - Opportunities and Challenges

  • On  April 1, 2021 in |
  • Funding
  • Ohio is facing aging environmental infrastructure, rising construction costs, increased focus on asset management, strained local budgets for operations and maintenance, and increasing water and wastewater user charges for residential customers.

DEFA Winter Resource Newsletter 2021