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.

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.

In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency amended the National Perchloroethylene Air Emission Standards for Dry Cleaning Facilities. Part of these amendments included a requirement for the phase-out of perchloroethylene (PERC) machines co-located with residential buildings. This means that dry cleaners currently using PERC in residential buildings must either phase out these machines and equipment, switch to an alternative solvent, or move the machine to a nonresidential building by Dec. 21, 2020. This requirement can be avoided if PERC is not used. Several safer alternatives are available in the professional wet cleaning process. There are close to 300 dry-cleaning operations in Ohio currently using PERC.

If your dry cleaning business needs assistance with this issue, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) is an independent, non-regulatory state agency that provides financial assistance to help businesses comply with environmental regulations. Cost-effective financing and grant assistance are available for small business owners who are seeking to purchase more environmentally friendly equipment to control air pollutants emitted during their operations, as well as those who encounter financial hardship to achieve federal compliance. For dry cleaners impacted by this new federal rule, OAQDA can help fund the purchase of new machines that eliminates the use of PERC. If interested, please call OAQDA at (614) 466-6825 or visit the website at ohioairquality.ohio.gov. The authority is a confidential resource and serves as Ohio’s small business ombudsman to advocate on behalf of these businesses.

For more information and assistance, you can also contact Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP), our free and confidential assistance program by calling our hotline at (800) 329-7518 or by visiting our webpage at epa.ohio.gov/ocapp.