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 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.

Meet the Staff

  • On  November 20, 2020 in |
  • General
  • Meet the Staff – April Stevens and Dan Halterman

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

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.

Virtually Moving in the Right Direction

  • On  August 11, 2020 in |
  • General
  • Although our methods are changing, Ohio EPA is committed to assisting businesses, communities, and environmental professionals with their environmental compliance needs.

Publication Updates

Highlights of Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) 2019 Annual Report

  • On  May 12, 2020 in |
  • General
  • 019 marked another successful year of enhanced services to Ohio’s businesses and communities through Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA).

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Participation in WSRLA and WPCLF Project

  • On  October 22, 2019 in |
  • Funding
  • As a condition of receiving annual capitalization grants that support Ohio’s Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) and Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), Ohio EPA negotiates a “fair share” goal for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation in projects being funded through each program.

Training Updates

Publications Updates

Training Updates