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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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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

DEFA’s Office of Financial Assistance (OFA) is offering a new user-friendly consolidated loan application. In the past, separate applications for each type of project within the WPCLF and WSRLA were required, sometimes resulting in multiple separate applications and some confusion about what information and which application was needed. Now, communities now need only complete one application to apply for a Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) loan or a Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) loan. The application can be used for any type of loan within the programs, like planning activities, design of a project, construction or a supplemental loan.

In the new application, communities indicate which funding program (water or wastewater) they are seeking, then indicate the type of loan needed. After checking the appropriate box on the first page, this information will be automatically be imported into other sections of the application, eliminating the need to repeat information and reducing the chance of error.

Overall, the same amount of information is required in the new application. There are a few exceptions, such as a new Contact Information Section. This new section provides OFA staff information about which representative of the community receives each type of loan-related document — such as who receives the executed loan agreement, who should be contacted about disbursement requests, or who is the consulting engineer for the community. In addition, the Revenue Analysis Section, requires the same amount of financial information, but some categories may be further subdivided, such as existing debt and annual debt repayments. The new application ties in information required for the Projection of Revenues and Expenses, which provides the financial picture of revenues coming in, current and known future debt, and how the new loan repayment factors into the life of the loan. Some items will automatically be imported from earlier entries and some formulas are built into the application to make calculations easier.

The new application contains short explanations and new instructions, describing section by section what information is needed. The new application and instructions are available on DEFA’s website. Watch our website and email updates for the latest announcements and opportunities to learn about the new application. Communities that have already submitted a WPCLF or WSRLA application for a loan scheduled early in 2017 will not be asked to use the new application. For more information or questions, please contact Mary Mariani at mary.mariani@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3650.