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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If you plan to start a craft brewery, it’s important to evaluate both water use and wastewater discharge options. On average, seven barrels of water is needed for every barrel of product made by a brewery. Seventy percent of the water used by breweries is discharged as wastewater. Careful consideration and infrastructure planning by the brewery and the community are key to the success of any brewery development or expansion project.

If a brewery will discharge its wastewater to a local municipal sewer (called a publicly owned treatment works or POTW), the local POTW determines the requirements the brewery must follow for discharging to their system. The wastewater/effluent created by the brewing process is high in organics, and can be an operational challenge for a POTW. Because of this, some POTWs implement an extra surcharge on high-strength brewery effluent. POTWs may also require pre-treatment of wastewater to reduce contaminants prior to discharge. Installing a pretreatment system will likely require a permit-to-install (PTI) from Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water (DSW), along with permit from the POTW. Even the installation of a holding tank or other storage/treatment system may require a PTI from Ohio EPA.

Partnering with your local POTW early for proactive planning to address potential challenges will help your new business run smoothly. More information about Ohio EPA’s environmental compliance requirements and opportunities to reduce pollution can be found in Ohio EPA’s Want to Start a Craft Brewery fact sheet, or you can call OCAPP’s hotline at 800-329-7518.