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 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

Final 401 Certification for U.S. EPA's Vessel General NPDES Permit

September 20, 2012

Notice is hereby given that the Director of Ohio EPA has issued two final 401 certifications for U.S. EPA's Vessel General NPDES permits.

Draft 401 Certification for U.S. EPA's Vessel General NPDES Permit

May 9, 2012

Notice is hereby given that the Director of Ohio EPA has issued two draft 401 certifications for U.S. EPA's Vessel General NPDES permits.  The deadline for comments is June 25, 2012.


Final 401 Certification for U.S. EPA's Vessel General NPDES Permit

December 1, 2008

Notice is hereby given that the Director of Ohio EPA has issued a final Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the U.S. EPA Vessel General NPDES permit.

U.S. EPA has issued a draft general NPDES permit for discharges from the operation of vessels. The permit would cover vessels nationwide, and covers and regulates a wide variety of discharges from vessels, including ballast water, bilge water and gray water discharged from vessels. Sanitary wastewater discharges are covered by U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

All federal actions that could affect water quality in a state must obtain a certification from the state that the action meets state water quality standards. The issue affecting Ohio waters is the ballast water discharge and whether that discharge meets Ohio Water Quality Standards. Ballast water is water and associated suspended sediments taken into or discharged from ballast tanks to maintain the stability of the vessel.

Eric Nygaard
DSW Permits & Compliance Section
(614) 644-2024
email: eric.nygaard@epa.ohio.gov