Office of Special Investigations

The Office of Special Investigations is the criminal investigative branch of Ohio EPA. Their investigations span all of Ohio EPA's environmental programs.

Special Investigations

The office works in partnership with other state and federal agencies to investigate activities that may criminally violate state or federal environmental laws or regulations, such as:
  • illegal disposal or abandonment of waste (solid waste, hazardous waste and construction and demolition debris);
  • burial of waste at unpermitted locations;
  • unpermitted discharges into waters of the state or to wastewater treatment plants;
  • unpermitted emissions of air pollutants;
  • open burning;
  • bypassing treatment systems;
  • filling of wetlands;
  • “rip and tear” asbestos projects;
  • falsification of documents such as manifests, waste receipt logs and monthly operating reports; and,
  • making false statements to regulatory personnel.

Investigations may lead to enforcement against individuals or facilities.

 Enforcement Statistics Summary Convictions/Pleas/Sentences
       Calendar Year

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Conviction/Plea 23
 20 31 33 25
Felony Charges 25
 14 28 22 20
Misdemeanor Charges 10
 13 13 29 19
Jail Time Served (months) 25.6
 5.3 3 19 0.7
Jail Time Suspended (months)  56 36 82 137 128
Home Incarceration (months)  9 4.5
17 116 6
Community Service (hours)  888  1,608 2,064 518 1,230
Fines/Restitution  $411,652  $2,811,007 $1,240,490 $383,285 $517,105