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DEFA's quarterly newsletter, The Resource, is distributed to approximately 11,000 contacts made up of local officials interested in DEFA’s financial assistance programs, prior compliance conference and webinar attendees, local health departments, pretreatment contacts, trade associations, economic development contacts, recycling and litter prevention contacts, Ohio Materials Marketplace members and others who have indicated an interest in DEFA’s programs. Check out the newsletter's home page to download entire issues and see articles on other topics.

Winter 2022

Jon Bernstein Named Chief of DEFA

Director Stevenson recently asked Jon Bernstein to serve as the new chief of the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) to replace Jerry Rouch who was recently named Deputy Director of Infrastructure Funding.

Jon joined the Agency in 2007 and had been the assistant chief of DEFA’s Office of Financial Assistance since 2019. Upon joining the Agency, Jon worked in the Division of Surface Water in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation NPDES program. In this role, he wrote NPDES permits, performed inspections of large animal feeding operations, and responded to complaints and spills.

Jon transferred to DEFA in 2013 as a project engineer and has also held roles as the Engineering Unit supervisor, loans and grants manager, and as the assistant chief. Jon earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Ohio University in 2007 and has been an Ohio-licensed professional engineer since 2012. He also holds a GIS Certificate from Columbus State Community College. Jon and his wife Dana live in the Glen Echo neighborhood of Columbus with their four cats Bowie, Maynard, Oliver, and Sid Vicious.

Ohio EPA's New Website

Ohio EPA recently launched a new website. Our new website is designed to make it easier to find what you need to interact with us and to increase the quality of our interaction.

First things first- we have the same domain. Our main URL domain is still epa.ohio.gov.

Update your bookmarks. Everything else after our main domain has changed, so you’ll need to spend some time to find your preferred content and update your bookmarks.

Reach out if you need help. The new website is just the beginning of a new dynamic between Ohio EPA and you. If you have problems finding the information you need, please e-mail us or use our general contact form. If you're reporting a broken link, please include the web address of the page you were on and/or the breadcrumb path as shown below.

For technical questions about permits or regulations, please use our Ask a Question feature through the Customer Support Center. We know digital channels are constantly evolving and improving. Please let us know what you think using our website feedback form.

Here are some of the highlights of what you will find on our new website, our main navigation was redefined to reflect what constituents and organizations expect to do when visiting our website.

  • Stay Compliant – I want to be compliant with Ohio EPA regulations, where do I start?
  • Make a Difference – I want to help from my own trench, how do I learn more?
  • Monitor Pollution – I want to know about our environmental status.
  • Get Funding – I want to know how I can get financial aid for a project.
  • Find Regulations – I want to find a specific law or rule.

Our Search, accessible through the magnifying glass icon on the top right of each page, is available throughout the site and was improved to deliver more accurate results. The Customer Support Center is easily accessible at the bottom footer from any page.

Ohio EPA’s Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) Industrial Recycling Survey 

Ohio EPA wants to hear from you!  We are asking businesses like yours to complete a short survey to tell us about your recycling needs. We want to know what recycling assistance you wish was available and would find useful. We value your input and know your time is precious. That is why we made sure this survey will take just a few minutes. Even if you already have a successful recycling program, your insight is helpful. Just answer the questions as if you were starting a new recycling program. 

We will not contact you unless you indicate you want us to. If you want to be contacted, then please complete the last three questions of the survey which ask for contact information.

Ohio’s 88 counties are organized into 52 solid waste management districts. One of their roles is to provide technical assistance to help businesses start and improve recycling programs. We will share what you tell us with the solid waste management districts. Your answers will help the solid waste management districts develop programs to address your needs. If you are not familiar with solid waste management districts, you can refer to our Solid Waste Management Districts fact sheet.

Thank you for investing your time in our research. For questions, please e-mail Ernie Stall.