In May, the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) launched the new webinar series In Your Community, Local Leaders Webinar Series. Local officials wear many hats and may not be familiar with all the environmental issues affecting their communities. This series shares information about Ohio EPA's roles, processes, and partners, in addressing environmental issues facing Ohio's communities. Resources and tools for planning and responding to the environmental concerns are provided. If you miss a webinar, you can access the recordings on Ohio EPA’s YouTube Channel, or click on the links below.
May 21, 2020, Sustainability in Your Community – From energy efficiency to zero waste, many communities are embracing sustainability and green approaches as a cost-effective way to address environmental issues. This webinar introduced sustainability concepts and provided examples of how these green approaches can be used to improve the environment in your community. Ohio EPA resources shared included the Ohio Materials Marketplace, the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program, and Ohio EPA's environmental assistance resources that can assist communities to become more sustainable.
June 30, 2020, Open Burning, Odors, Dust, and Asbestos in Demolition in Your Community – The most frequently reported complaints to Ohio EPA’s Division of Air Pollution Control are for open burning, odors, and dust. Ohio EPA also receives questions about regulating and managing asbestos during demolition. There are state regulations dealing with open burning, dust, and nuisance odors, but what should you do if you or your community is having issues with these? And how should your community deal with asbestos issues that may arise when demolition occurs? This webinar provided information about state requirements for facilities with dust or odor issues, or “those undergoing demolition where asbestos may be present. We discussed what to do if you get a complaint regarding dust and odors that can’t be addressed by local ordinances and when to contact your district office for help.
July 16, 2020, Managing Contaminated Sites in Your Community – It’s important that local leaders are aware of how contaminated sites are regulated to keep residents safe and to know what redevelopment opportunities exist. This webinar explained the basics of environmental clean-up regulations, provided an overview of liability, due care, land use restrictions, and explained brownfield funding assistance that is available.
Aug. 27, 2020, Environmental Regulations of Businesses in Your Community – Many environmental regulations affect businesses in your community. Ohio EPA regulates sources of air pollution, waste handling, wastewater, and storm water discharges, and more. This webinar provided an overview of the environmental regulations affecting both large and small businesses in your community, and explained Ohio EPA's permitting, inspection, and enforcement procedures.
Oct. 28, 2020, Open Dumping of Solid Waste and Scrap Tires in Your Community – Hidden dump piles, trash strewn property, abandoned buildings filled with tires, and tire piles left by the roadside – community leaders make discoveries like these all the time and are often left to clean up the mess. Community leaders learned about the tools available to help, when open dumping laws apply, who can address open dumping, and about Ohio EPA’s program to help with victims of scrap tire dumping.
We will soon schedule webinars on Home Septic Systems in Your Community and Ohio EPA's Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Communities (E3C) Recognition Program. Keep your eye out for dates and registration!
If you missed the live webinars, you can access the recordings on Ohio EPA’s YouTube Channel or go to the following links: