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


National Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs

The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments require every state to have a program to assist small businesses with air permits. Many of these compliance assistance programs are linked by a national network of Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs (SBEAP).

Keep up with Environmental Responsibilities During Employee Turnover

Whether planned or unexpected, employee turnover often results in a period of transition where responsibilities, priorities and other aspects important to your business operations can be lost. For a small business owner, this may result in potential lapses with your environmental compliance responsibilities. The good news is, Ohio EPA’s non-regulatory support staff in the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) can help you.

American Iron and Steel - What is this requirement and how do I comply?

The congressionally mandated American Iron and Steel (AIS) provision applies to Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) assistance recipients, and requires them to use iron and steel products that are produced in the United States. This requirement applies to projects for the construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of a public water system or wastewater treatment works. The AIS provision is a permanent requirement for all CWSRF projects. While the requirement is not yet permanent for DWSRF projects, it is in effect through at least Federal Fiscal Year 2017.

Ohio EPA Issues Industrial Storm Water General Permit

Ohio EPA’s NPDES Industrial Water Storm Water General Permit was issued on May 8, 2017 and becomes effective on June 1, 2017. This general permit will afford coverage to a majority of facilities throughout Ohio that need NPDES permit coverage to discharge storm water.

For Industrial Storm Water Permitting - No Exposure Certification Can Save Your Business Money

Storm water is rain and snow melt that runs off the land and enters streams, rivers and lakes. Runoff from outdoor activities or material storage areas can contain pollutants that can degrade water quality and threaten human health. Proper storm water management minimizes these threats. Many businesses are subject to Ohio EPA’s storm water permitting program based on their Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, including manufacturing, transportation, recycling businesses, wineries, compost/mulch sites, concrete producers, scrapyards and woodworking/lumber operations.

Water Pollution Control Loan Fund Rules – Chapter 3745-150 – Interested Party Review – 5-Year Review

Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance – Office of Financial Assistance is seeking input from you on these draft rules by May 5, 2017 – 30 days after director’s approval and distribution.

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Ohio EPA Improves Free Online Help for Small Businesses with Permit Wizard

Small businesses in Ohio can now access an updated online tool to help identify if they need environmental permits, licenses or registrations. The Agency’s improved and updated Permit Wizard can 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.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Reports Due October 15, 2015

It’s time to submit your annual Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) reports.

Stakeholder Input

Public comment periods and stakeholder input opportunities.