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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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Earth Day is 50!

  • On  August 12, 2020 in |
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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.”

Over the last 50 years all environmental indicators across the nation have improved and continue to improve.

  • In 1970, more than 40 percent of the nation's drinking water systems failed to meet even the most basic health standards. Today, more than 92 percent of community water systems now meet all health-based standards, all the time.
  • America continues to be a leader in clean air progress, by reducing the six main criteria air pollutants by 73 percent. In the past three years alone, 38 areas across the nation, have moved from nonattainment to attainment.
  • The number of low-income communities achieving attainment with U.S. EPA's National Ambient Air Quality Standards has doubled to 86 percent since 2008.
  • In 2019, the Columbus, Ohio area became the nation’s first non-attainment area to meet the ozone air quality standard. Recent air monitoring data show the area now meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone in addition to all other federal air quality standards set to protect public health.
  • The successful superfund and brownfields programs are bringing opportunity back to communities. Last year, U.S. EPA delisted more superfund sites than any year since 2001.

Ohio EPA Celebrated Earth Day 2020 with Artwork and Action — Watch our video with Ohio EPA Director Laurie Stevenson at: youtu.be/ZYhhtpkyRk0.

Earth Day: An annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events globally.