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

The Resource rss

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

DEFA Summer Resource Newsletter 2020

Meet the Staff – DEFA’s Assistant Chiefs Jon Bernstein and Dan Sowry

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • General
  • Meet the Staff – DEFA’s Assistant Chiefs Jon Bernstein and Dan Sowry

Earth Day is 50!

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • General
  • On April 22, 2020 Earth Day turned 50. "What began as a movement 50 years ago by 22 million Americans has grown into a global day of action for our planet," said U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "I could not be more proud of 50 years of work U.S. EPA staff have done, and continue to do, to make our nation a leader in clean air, clean water, and clean land progress.”

In Your Community – A New Webinar Series for Environmental Issues at the Local Level

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • Training Updates
  • DEFA is launching a new series of webinars focused on environmental issues that have an impact at the local level.

SAVE THE DATES! Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference is Going Virtual – Sept. 21 through Oct. 8

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • Training Updates
  • There’s no need to travel – sit back, relax and enjoy a front row seat while we bring the experts to you during the 2020 Compliance Assistance Conference.

For Industrial Storm Water Permitting – No Exposure Certification Can Save Your Business Money

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • Rules/Regulations
  • Storm water is rain and snow melt that runs off the land and enters streams, rivers, and lakes. Runoff from outdoor activities or material storage areas can contain pollutants that can degrade water quality and threaten human health.

Publication Updates

Five Years of Increasing Electronic Outreach for DEFA

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • General
  • In April 2015, the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) merged to provide a one-stop shop offering the following services for customers seeking technical and financial resources to help them achieve compliance and address infrastructure needs.

Deadlines

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • Deadlines
  • WRRSP nominations for funding in Program Year 2021 or 2022 will be accepted Aug. 1-28, 2020.

Ohio EPA Virtually Recognizes Magnificat High School

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
  • General
  • Stay at home orders and social distancing have not stopped Ohio EPA from recognizing environmental achievement. On May 5, DEFA held its first virtual recognition event for the Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education Program for Magnificat High School, which received the highest level of recognition, the Leaf level award.