September 1, 2017
State of Ohio Releases Plan to Reduce Nutrients in Lake Erie Basin
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and the State of Ohio have released a draft Ohio Domestic Action Plan to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with a goal of reducing phosphorus loading to Lake Erie by 40 percent by 2025. The Commission will host two public meetings on Sept. 12 and 13, 2017, to provide information about the draft plan.

July 17, 2017
Ohio EPA Announces First Transaction Via Ohio Materials Marketplace
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler today announced the first transaction through a new online service whereby Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations can advertise and acquire potentially useful products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. Columbus based Weisenbach Recycled Products posted the availability of 4.68 tons of polypropylene (plastic bottle caps) to the Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) in May. Representatives from Heath based Polymer Technologies Inc. saw the posting and identified the material as useful for producing polypropylene pellets, which can then be sold on the open market for the manufacture of common household products. Ohio EPA staff facilitated the connection between the two companies.

May 17, 2017
Ohio EPA Announces Recipients of Statewide Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and Ohio Department of Health Acting Director Lance Himes today announced nearly $1 million in funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state for mosquito control grants. The funding will help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis.

April 20, 2017
By Using Resources More Effectively, Small Businesses Profit
COLUMBUS – With Earth Day coming up on April 22, the U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District Office and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are highlighting resources and tips to help small businesses earn and save some green by going green.

April 4, 2017
Ohio EPA Announces New Online Materials Marketplace
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is in Sandusky today to announce the launch of a new online service whereby Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations can advertise and acquire potentially useful products and materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. The new Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) is a free online platform allowing these organizations to connect and find solutions to material reuse and recycling needs.

March 2, 2017
Ohio EPA Introduces General Permits for Compressor Stations
Continuing to advance a strong record of achievement in protecting the environment and streamlining the state’s permitting process, Ohio EPA is now accepting general permit applications for oil and natural gas mid-stream compressor stations.

February 22, 2017
Ohio EPA Announces New Statewide Mosquito Control Grant Recipients
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges are in Athens today to announce funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state. Mosquito Control Grants help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis

September 22, 2016
Ohio EPA Accepting Comments on Changes to Surface Water Regulations
As part of its three year (triennial) review, Ohio EPA is seeking comments about rules related to Ohio’s surface water laws. To explain how to submit proposed changes for consideration and help the public understand the rulemaking process, the Agency will host a webinar at 10 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2016. Preregistration is not required. Click this link to connect to the webinar. Additional information can be found online.

September 21, 2016
Ottawa County Receives Funding from Ohio EPA to Help Homeowners with Failing Septic Systems
Ohio EPA awarded a $300,000 principal forgiveness loan to Ottawa County to help qualifying homeowners address failing septic systems. This funding is offered through Ohio EPA’s Home Sewage Treatment Systems (HSTS) Repair/Replacement Program for 2016.

September 21, 2016
Ohio EPA Offering Grant Writing Training
Business leaders, nonprofit representatives and educators who are interested in learning more about Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education grants are encouraged to register for free grant writing workshops. Ohio EPA is offering the free two-part, one-day trainings to help would-be applicants decide which grants work for their organizations and how to write a winning grant proposal.

September 6, 2016
Ohio EPA Announces the Second Round Recipients of Statewide Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler and State Medical Director Mary DiOrio (Ohio Department of Health) were in Urbana (Champaign County) to announce funding for community health departments and related public entities across the state to help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile and La Cross Encephalitis.

May 6, 2016
Ohio EPA to Fund Mosquito Control Grants
Ohio EPA will make funding available to community health departments and related public entities to help mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika, West Nile or La Cross Encephalitis.

April 7, 2016
Ohio EPA Requests Comments on Drafts of General Permits for Compressor Stations
Building on our success protecting the environment and streamlining our permit process for emissions from oil and gas well pad operations, Ohio EPA is now accepting public comments on draft general permits for oil and natural gas mid-stream compressor stations.

September 18, 2015
Ohio EPA Improves Free Help for Small Businesses
Small businesses in Ohio have access to a new tool from Ohio EPA that can help identify whether environmental permits, licenses or registrations are needed. The Agency’s improved and updated Permit Wizard is now available to help new businesses get started on the right track with proper permits; existing businesses also may use the Permit Wizard anonymously as a way to check on whether they still have the right permits for their operations.

July 16, 2015
Ohio EPA Outlines Public Notification Guidelines for Algal Bloom-affected Drinking Waters
A new multi-tiered advisory system to notify the public if microcystin, and other compounds produced by blue-green algae, is detected in treated drinking water at local public water systems throughout the state has been developed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) as part of its annual review.

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