Ohio’s EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) earned the attention of the PEW Charitable Trusts, a non-profit research organization. The organization recognized Ohio EPA for its free and confidential services and resources to help businesses achieve and maintain compliance with environmental laws and regulations. The PEW Report highlighted OCAPP’s efforts and other state-based programs which meet public needs while also encouraging business growth.
PEW interviewed Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and OCAPP personnel for the report. Director Butler said, “I’m pleased Ohio EPA continues to be recognized as an innovative national leader among state environmental agencies. Providing technical assistance to help businesses achieve compliance is what ultimately protects the environment, encourages job growth and serves the public interest. While we do take enforcement action when warranted, it’s not necessarily the first arrow that you take out of the quiver when you’re trying to solve a particular issue or a problem.”
Among Ohio EPA’s services highlighted by the report is OCAPP’s one-stop-shop, which assists small businesses with potentially complicated emissions calculations to determine if they need an air permit, and provides assistance in completing permit application forms. PEW notes that OCAPP provides consultation that might “otherwise be out of reach for small businesses with limited resources and helps the agency prevent future noncompliance through education.”
The report summary is available at: pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2018/08/16/state-strategies-to-help-businesses-launch-and-expand#0-overview.