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

Site Assessment Program

Provides on-site sampling and assessment assistance, including the collection of surface soil samples, ground water monitoring well samples, residential well samples, surface water and sediment samples, and ecological assessments.

The Site Investigation Field Unit (SIFU) conducts a variety of environmental site assessments. SIFU has specialized sampling capabilities for collecting ground water, surface water, sediment, soil, leachate, indoor air, sub-slab and soil gas and aquatic biota samples. SIFU’s mobile laboratory provides real time screening data which enables in-field investigative decisions and increases project efficiency. SIFU also can conduct non-intrusive geophysical investigations which are designed to locate anomalous subsurface features prior to beginning intrusive work.


Field Technical Assistance from Ohio EPA

If a local government entity is interested in conducting an environmental assessment at a property, Ohio EPA’s Site Investigation Field Unit (SIFU) may be of assistance. SIFU can provide valuable property assessment to aid in identifying concerns at properties you may be interested in redeveloping.

This work can be conducted at no cost to local governments through a grant received by Ohio EPA from U.S. EPA to conduct targeted brownfield assessments (TBAs) . To apply for grant-subsidized assistance under Ohio EPA’s TBA process, follow the steps below:

  • Contact Dan Tjoelker, Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization (SABR) Program, (614) 644-3750 or dan.tjoelker@epa.ohio.gov for detailed information on how SIFU’s services may apply to your project.

  • Complete and submit a Targeted Brownfield Assessment Application Form [DOCX] for consideration in the program.

  • Your request should include a copy of any Phase I Assessment work completed for your property and, if you have developed one, the Phase II sampling plan. Ohio EPA can assist in developing or develop the sampling plan for you, if necessary.

  • If you project is selected, Ohio EPA may request a kick-off meeting with you (along with your environmental consultant or certified professional, if you have contracted with one) to define work expectations, detailed sampling needs and time lines.

Equipment and Capabilities

Statewide Biological and Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment

Each year Ohio EPA collects data from streams and rivers in five to seven different areas of the state. A total of 400 to 450 sampling sites are examined, and each site is visited more than once. During these studies, Ohio EPA scientists collect chemical samples, examine and count fish and aquatic insects, and take measurements of the stream. read more.....

Historical Well Logs Research

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources maintains water well logs. Through their website, you may search for water well logs by address; county, township and road; well log number; or through a general map view. read more....

How do I request SIFU services?

If a local government entity is interested in conducting an environmental assessment at a property, Ohio EPA’s Site Investigation Field Unit (SIFU) may be of assistance. SIFU can provide valuable property assessment to aid in identifying concerns at properties you may be interested in redeveloping.

This work can be conducted at no cost to local governments through a grant received by Ohio EPA from U.S. EPA to conduct targeted brownfield assessments (TBAs) . To apply for grant-subsidized assistance under Ohio EPA’s TBA process, follow the steps below:

  • Contact Dan Tjoelker, Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization (SABR) Program, (614) 644-3750 or dan.tjoelker@epa.ohio.gov for detailed information on how SIFU’s services may apply to your project.

  • Complete and submit a Targeted Brownfield Assessment Application Form [DOC] for consideration in the program.

  • Your request should include a copy of any Phase I Assessment work completed for your property and, if you have developed one, the Phase II sampling plan. Ohio EPA can assist in developing or develop the sampling plan for you, if necessary.

  • If you project is selected, Ohio EPA may request a kick-off meeting with you (along with your environmental consultant or certified professional, if you have contracted with one) to define work expectations, detailed sampling needs and time lines.

 

     
Shook, Lisa Manager, Remedial Response, VAP, Enforcement, and Brownfield Section (614) 644-2295
Armstrong, Gavin Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8762
Batin, Bill Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8754
Link, Ed Site Investigation Field Support (614) 836-8760
Reinbold, Karl Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8755
Sigler, Tori Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8757
Vorwerk, Wendy Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8759
     
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