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


Learn the Lingo

Do environmental terms sometimes sound like a foreign language to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many businesses and communities have difficulty keeping up with the latest environmental lingo. This feature will cover some common environmental terms you may encounter.

Not All Air Emission Sources Require Air Permits

Does your business use materials or conduct activities that can release air pollutants? These are called air emission sources and many businesses have them. Common examples include surface coating and painting, material handling activities and operating fuel-burning equipment such as boilers and heaters.

Selecting a Treatment, Storage and/or Disposal Facility

Did you know that hazardous waste generators are responsible for the hazardous waste they generate from cradle-to-grave? In other words, once you generate the waste, you have the responsibility of ensuring that it is properly managed even after it leaves your facility. There are actions your business can take to reduce the chances your waste is mismanaged.

Business Identification of Hazardous Waste is Essential

If you don’t know whether your business generates a hazardous waste, or if you are not managing hazardous wastes properly, you could be in violation of federal/state laws and rules. All wastes generated from a business must be evaluated to determine if the waste is a hazardous waste. If you have a hazardous waste, Ohio has specific rules on how to handle and dispose of it.

Ohio EPA’s Package Plant Initiative

Last fall, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA), the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) and Division of Surface Water (DSW) launched a Package Plant Initiative to assist small activated sludge process wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) with regulatory compliance. Participants in the program receive activated sludge process control training, basic process control testing supplies and equipment, operator contact hours and optional membership in an operator’s forum. There is no fee for program materials.

Case Study — Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner — University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Hospitals can be the largest employers in a community and can positively impact the environment when they pursue stewardship activities. In 2015, University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) became the first hospital in Ohio to join as a Gold Level member of the E3 program. UHCMC participates in the challenges of the Practice Greenhealth Healthier Hospitals Initiative: Less Waste, Safer Chemicals, Leaner Energy, Smarter Purchasing, Healthier Foods and the Engaged Leadership Challenges.

Case Study — Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner — Enginetics

Enginetics is a manufacturer in Huber Heights, Ohio that serves the aerospace industry. Their metal forming operations include: manual and computerized numerical control (CNC) machining; lasers; presses; and other related equipment. In 2013, Enginetics received an E3 Bronze award from Ohio EPA and joined the Agency’s E3 Gold Level program in 2016.

Make a Difference with U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program

U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program encourages consumers, workplaces and communities to look for cleaning products that will protect public health and the environment.

Akron Waterways Renewed — With DEFA’s Help

Supported by loans from Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance, Akron is tackling the challenging, decades-long route that was mapped in its Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plan and a 2009 federal Consent Decree.