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


Updated Fact Sheets

We recently updated several of our fact sheets. Check them out to get information that can help you reduce waste and save money!

Small Business Can Get On-Site Help to Understand Regulatory Requirements

Free and confidential on-site compliance assessments are one of the services DEFA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) offers to small business owners (100 employees or less).

Going for Gold

In May, 2015 Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented Sherwin-Williams Breen Technology Center in Cleveland with the gold-level award in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (Ɛ3) program.

Exciting Changes in Store for Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Award Program

Since initiated in 2011, Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program has recognized more than 30 Ohio businesses and organizations making a commitment to environmental excellence. Small to large businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, governments and others who reduce waste, improve efficiency and work to continuously improve their operations have been acknowledged through the program

State Revolving Loan Funds: an Affordable Solution for Ohio Communities Needing Infrastructure Improvements

Started in the late 1980s and late 1990s under the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Acts, the WPCLF and WSRLA programs offer below-market interest rate loans for planning, design and construction. The loans carry a range of interest rates, depending on financial need. Both loan programs recently began offering special assistance for projects targeted at nutrient reduction and treatment.

The New DEFA — Enhancing Ohio EPA's Service to Businesses and Communities

In May 2015, Ohio EPA merged its Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and its Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) to create a “one-stop shop” for customers seeking our technical and financial resources to help them achieve compliance.

We're going paperless!

We’ve been contemplating this step for a long time, as we think about ways to make our own operations more sustainable.

Ohio EPA Recognizes Eight Organizations with Environmental Excellence Awards

Ohio EPA has awarded eight environmentally innovative organizations with this year’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Silver Awards. The E3 program recognizes organizations committed to environmental excellence.

WPCLF Nomination Training Webinar — July 23, 2015

Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) Webinar- Navigating Ohio’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) Nomination Process