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

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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

Free Compliance Assistance Services

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
  • Rules/Regulations
  • Did you know that Ohio EPA has free and confidential services to help you understand and follow environmental laws and save you money? DEFA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides free and confidential assistance to help Ohio businesses and organizations comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements, such as completing permit applications and recordkeeping forms. Our environmental specialists can answer your questions regarding air, waste, water and other environmental issues.

Recycling and Litter Prevention Community Grant Success Story: Akron Zoo

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
  • Case Studies
  • Since 2011, the Akron Zoo has diverted more than 3.6 million pounds of organic waste from landfills. Previously, the zoo had been using an outside vendor who would collect their organic waste and take it to a composting facility. After experiencing changes with their initial organic hauler and increasing limitations on acceptable organic material, Akron Zoo decided to look for alternative solutions for their organic waste to help them reach their long-term goal of being a zero-waste organization.

WRRSP Nomination Period is Rapidly Approaching

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
  • Funding
  • The nomination period for the Water Resource Restoration Sponsor Program (WRRSP) is changing this year to Aug. 1 – 31, 2019. This change allows more time for the pre-nomination site visits now required to nominate a project. Another potential change for the WRRSP program in 2020 will involve increased focus on projects that are located in the Western Basin of Lake Erie.

Record Number of Nominations Received for WSRLA Program Year 2020

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
  • Funding
  • This year, Ohio EPA received a record number of nominations for the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) – more than 180 projects and more than $400 million for upcoming program year (PY) 2020. This reflects the growing popularity of the WSRLA and the continued, widespread need for drinking water infrastructure improvements. During calendar year 2018, the WSRLA loaned out an all-time-high of more than $233 million in funds for drinking water improvement projects.

Introducing the Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4) Program for K-12 Schools

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
  • Case Studies
  • Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson introduced the Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4) program on April 22, 2019 at Heritage Middle School in Newark as part of an Earth Day celebration with Governor Mike DeWine.

Learn the Lingo

  • On  June 7, 2019 in |
  • Learn the Lingo
  • Do environmental terms sometimes sound like a foreign language to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many businesses and communities have difficulty keeping up with the latest environmental lingo. This feature will cover some common environmental terms you may encounter.

Training Updates

Stakeholder Input

Funding Opportunities

  • On  March 8, 2019 in |
  • Funding
  • Rural Energy For America Program, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants, April 1, 2019 deadline.

Training Updates