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

2015
2014 2013 2012 2011
Conviction/Plea 26
18
23
 20 31
Felony Charges  44 17
25
 14 28
Misdemeanor Charges  21 5
10
 13 13
Jail Time Served (months)  37.5  39.1 25.6
 5.3 3
Jail Time Suspended (months)  101  84  56 36 82
Home Incarceration (months)  0  14  9 4.5
17
Community Service (hours)  1,500  1,368  888  1,608 2,064
Fines/Restitution  $619,191 $931,928
 $411,652  $2,811,007 $1,240,490
           

Phone: (614) 644-3020
Email Webmaster

Physical address:
Ohio EPA - Office of Special Investigations
4675 Homer Ohio Lane
Groveport, Ohio 43125

 

Mailing address:
Ohio EPA - OSI
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 

 

Central Office Contacts
Palmer, Bill Manager (614) 836-8765
Kleinhenz, Craig   (614) 836-8763
Shane, Scott   (614) 836-8764
     

  

District Contact Counties Served Phone
Bonner, Ron  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union. (614) 836-8768
Fodo, Ron
Ray, Bart  
Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne. (330) 963-1155
(330) 963-1206
Hassinger, Rick  

Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot. (419) 373-3032 
Mettler, Ken   Adams, Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington. (740) 380-5422
Combs, Dave   Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren. (937) 285-6058