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

Ohio EPA Director Butler announced a new Platinum Level for the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards on August 31st at Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus. This top level recognizes organizations that go above and beyond, including demonstrating how their environmental stewardship efforts improve the social wellbeing of the local community, region and/or a larger geographic area, and how these efforts result in long term societal benefits.

The E3 program is open to any business, industry, trade association, professional organization or local government of Ohio. Applications are accepted annually and include written and onsite evaluations. Applicants must be in compliance with environmental laws and regulations for a year prior to submittal of their application and during the application review process.

Platinum Level Benefits Include:

  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Director.
  • A listing on the Ohio EPA website and program highlights in Ohio EPA publications;
  • An E3 flag to hang at the recipient’s location.
  • An Ohio EPA news release touting the recipient’s environmental accomplishments.
  • Invitation to an awards ceremony.
  • A case study to publicize the recipient’s proactive approach to environmental stewardship.
  • The opportunity to work with Ohio EPA on benefits that include enhanced environmental assistance, annual Director’s meeting, reporting flexibility, reduced inspection frequency, reduced time to obtain permit modifications, frequent updates on environmental stewardship information, marketing opportunities to highlight environmental accomplishments and other options.
  • An individualized specially-engraved E3 Platinum Level Award.
  • An award presentation at the recipient’s location.

Applicants submit a narrative incorporating the criteria that apply to their environmental stewardship program. They also need to provide additional information describing how their overall environmental stewardship program addresses seven social sustainability criteria or indicate why one or more of the criteria are not applicable.

Ohio EPA evaluates applications using the 19 environmental stewardship criteria used in the E3 Silver and Gold Levels along with the social sustainability criteria. For more information about Ohio EPA’s E3 program and the recognition levels, visit epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3. Interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 p(E3) program? If so, please visit our webpage or call (800) 329-7518. We would be glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.

“It is important to encourage Ohioans to keep their environment healthy. To build on the E3 recognition program, the new Platinum Level will recognize organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility, to make a positive impact on the surrounding community.”– Ohio EPA Director, Craig W. Butler

The social sustainability criteria are:

  • Product or service design
  • Community education
  • Improving the supply and delivery chain
  • Sharing information about environmental impacts
  • Local environmental priorities
  • Maintaining ecosystems
  • Community support