Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance

Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs

We can help you:

  • understand and comply with environmental regulations
  • assess your operations to reduce waste and save energy
  • develop and finance recycling and litter prevention programs
  • finance water quality improvement projects


Director Butler and U.S. EPA Administrator Kaplan Share Current Agency Initiatives
Director Craig W. Butler provided the morning plenary address at Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus on Aug. 30, 2016. Director Butler spoke about current Agency initiatives and provided updates on priorities and future efforts to protect Ohio’s environment. U.S. EPA Region V Interim Administrator Robert Kaplan, the lunchtime keynote speaker on Aug. 30, provided information about U.S. EPA priorities and Ohio’s role in ensuring compliance with environmental rules and regulations.

Recent Posts

  • Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Achievement Award Winners — Ohio Hospitals Case Study  Posted 4 hours ago
    In 2001, Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) partnered to eliminate mercury from Ohio hospitals. OCAPP continues to participate on the OHA Environmental Leadership Council, providing updates on regulations and assisting with OHA’s Pollution Prevention University. OCAPP also helps evaluate potential recipients of OHA’s Melvin Creeley Award, an award that recognizes hospitals for promoting sound practices through environmental stewardship.
  • DEFA’s Program Management Plans (PMPs) Posted 4 hours ago
    Ohio’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs are the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). Each has a program year — the WPCLF cycle is January 1 – December 31, while the WSRLA cycle is the state fiscal year, July 1 – June 30. Each program receives an annual capitalization grant from U.S. EPA. One of the conditions of the grant funding is that Ohio EPA produce a Program Management Plan (PMP) for each program.
  • Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner — Pioneer Automotive Technologies Case Study Posted 4 hours ago
    Pioneer in Springboro, Ohio, assembles vehicle electronics including radio, sound systems and GPS navigation units. Pioneer was awarded the E3 Bronze in September 2013 and E3 Gold in May 2016. Pioneer’s proactive environmental policy promotes waste and greenhouse gas emission reductions and meeting the goals established in their ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS). Annual updates to their management policy identify goals and reflect the EMS priorities. Their long-term goal is to achieve zero waste-to-landfill status.
  • Pollution Prevention (P2) at Home Posted 4 hours ago
    You may not realize it, but the products you buy and throw away can impact the environment. During their lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times their adult weight in garbage. Paper, yard and food waste make up about 56 percent of solid landfill waste, while plastics are about 13 percent. Americans throw out 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year, consisting of things like batteries, pesticides, paint, electronic equipment and used oil. We also consume a lot of water — a family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day.
  • Does your business use an air compressor? Posted 5 hours ago
    If you answered yes, then you can probably save money on your electric bill by evaluating your air compressor use. Compressed air is expensive because system efficiency is about 10-15 percent. Most energy used to create compressed air is released as heat. Air compressors require seven to eight horsepower (HP) input to operate a one-HP air motor, making it one of the most expensive utilities for a business.
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Read details about the new merger in this letter from Director Butler.

Enhancing Service to Businesses and Communities
Learn more about the merger of Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and our Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA).

Recycling and Litter Prevention Grants

Ohio EPA's competitive grants provide opportunities for communities, local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations to establish and implement recycling, recycling market development, litter prevention and scrap tire recycling programs.

Next Generation Films — $250,000 Market Development Grant

A market development grant from Ohio EPA was used to purchase equipment that allows the company to recycle nearly 100 percent of the scrap plastic film generated during production and convert it back into polymer feedstock for future film production. The new equipment can process three to five million pounds of plastic per year and allows Next Generation Films to continue to recycle nearly all of its scrap film. read more...

City of Cuyahoga Falls — $5,000 Litter Management Grant

A litter management grant from Ohio EPA was used to support two separate litter and river cleanup events and educational outreach in 10 different schools impacting 600 students. An estimated six tons of litter was collected by nearly 200 volunteers during the cleanup events. read more...

Fremont Plastic Products — $225,000 Market Development Grant

A market development grant from Ohio EPA was used to purchase equipment that allows the company to recycle waste plastic from the blow molding line for reuse in its manufacturing process. The new regrind equipment will shred, grind and reprocess waste plastics into pellets to create blow molding feedstock. read more...

Quality Blow Molding — $154,500 Market Development Grant

A market development grant from Ohio EPA was used to address the recovered plastic capacity issues and assist Quality Blow Molding with its production processes expansion. This included two blow molding machines, plastic granulators, blending systems, a material silo and more air compressor capacity. read more...

  • Connecting Ohio's communities and businesses to technical and financial resources.
  • Administering our State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan programs to help communities construct and maintain wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. Over our 25 year history, Ohio EPA’s SRF programs have facilitated loans totaling more than $7.2 billion for construction and improvements to public wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. The new division will administer both the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) programs.
  • Providing technical assistance to help small community wastewater treatment plants improve operations and efficiency.
  • Helping thousands of small businesses annually comply with environmental regulations through on-site assistance, help completing forms, training events, plain-English publications and other services.
  • Helping entities identify and implement pollution prevention (P2) measures that save them money, increase performance and benefit the environment.
  • Providing funding for recycling, litter cleanup and scrap tire management activities, and identify market development opportunities to support Ohio’s efforts to recycle materials such as glass, plastics, rubber and construction and demolition debris.
  • Recognizing the outstanding efforts of businesses, communities and other entities making a commitment to environmental stewardship through our Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program.


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Compliance Assistance Hotline: (800) 329-7518
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Physical address:
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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

Stevenson, Laurie
Chief (614) 644-2798
Sowry, Dan
Assistant Chief, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
(614) 728-8575
Rouch, Jerry
Assistant Chief,
Office of Financial Assistance
(614) 644-3660
Alauddin, Alauddin
Assistant Chief,
Office of Outreach and Customer Support
(614) 644-2798