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.

Since initiated in 2011, Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program has recognized more than 30 Ohio businesses and organizations making a commitment to environmental excellence. Small to large businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, governments and others who reduce waste, improve efficiency and work to continuously improve their operations have been acknowledged through the program.

We believe, however, there’s more opportunity to recognize such outstanding efforts, and we’re excited about changes to our E3 program that will accomplish this. We asked for stakeholder input to make the E3 application more understandable, user-friendly and less redundant. We’ve also simplified and expanded the nomination criteria to be able to recognize a wider variety of environmental stewardship activities. These changes make the program more accessible to communities, retail establishments and venues.

There are three levels in the new program. What was previously our “bronze level” award is now called our “achievement level,” to recognize a wider variety of activities. The achievement level is a great way to get recognition for a particular event or activity. Our silver and gold level awards acknowledge those that not only maintain an excellent environmental compliance record, but also make an ongoing commitment to implement and achieve environmental stewardship-related performance goals.

Achievement Level recognition includes:

  • certificate of recognition;
  • Ohio EPA website listing;
  • highlight in Ohio EPA publication; and
  • decal with E3 logo.

Silver and Gold level recognition includes:

  • a flag to hang at applicant’s facility;
  • Ohio EPA news release highlighting the entity’s environmental accomplishments;
  • invitation to an awards ceremony; and
  • highlight of recipient’s efforts in a case study to publicize their proactive approach to environmental stewardship.

Gold level recognition also includes:

  • a site visit by the Ohio EPA director; and
  • opportunity to work with Ohio EPA on regulatory/permitting flexibility options.

To learn more about applying for recognition under the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program, visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3.aspx, email Howard Dong or call (800) 329-7518.