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

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The Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) Program Management Plan (PMP) includes guidelines for administration of program funds and project implementation over the program year. The latest update for Program Year (PY) 2020 will be effective from Jan. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020. During the call for project nominations, which ended in August 2019, Ohio EPA received nominations totaling more than $1.9 billion for the planning, design, and construction of wastewater infrastructure and water quality improvement projects. As with previous years, Ohio EPA expects to make loan funds available for all eligible projects that meet program requirements.

For PY 2020, approximately $35 million in principal forgiveness (grant-like funding) is authorized for Ohio’s WPCLF program. We anticipate focus areas for principal forgiveness funding will include regionalization projects, household sewage treatment system (HSTS) projects, and municipal wastewater and storm water infrastructure projects. For those communities not eligible for principal forgiveness funding, interest rate discounts are also available for qualifying projects addressing other program priorities, such as regionalization and nutrient reduction.

Please note, we will continue implementing the Readiness-to-Proceed criteria for projects seeking principal forgiveness. The PY 2019 PMP introduced a phased approach for projects to demonstrate readiness-to-proceed. In PY 2020, the criteria require applicants to document an established user charge system and submit a facility plan with the project nomination.

The draft PY 2020 PMP is available for review and comment. A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14, 2019. For questions regarding the WPCLF program, please contact Jon Bernstein (jonathan.bernstein@epa.ohio.gov) or Katie Courtright (katie.courtright@epa.ohio.gov) at (614) 644-2798, or visit the program webpage for more information epa.ohio.gov/defa/ofa.