Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention

A non-regulatory program that provides information and resources to help small businesses comply with environmental regulations.


OCAPP helps customers identify and implement pollution prevention (P2) measures that can save money, increase business performance and benefit the environment. Services of the office include a toll-free hotline, on-site compliance and P2 assessments, workshops/training, plain-English publications library and assistance in completing permit application forms.

Ohio EPA has developed a new program to recognize organizations committed to environmental excellence at all levels; it is open to a wide variety of participants. The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (εз) program has a three-level approach that recognizes Ohio businesses and other organizations completing environmentally beneficial activities, and escalates to higher levels of recognition for those who exceed regulatory requirements or commit to future environmental stewardship efforts.

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler has presented Crown Equipment Corporation’s New Knoxville plant with the first-ever, gold-level award in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program. “I am pleased to recognize Crown Equipment and its New Knoxville team for their achievements. This facility shows that being environmentally responsible is good for the economy and part of being a good corporate citizen,” Director Butler said. “We hope other Ohio businesses and organizations will follow Crown’s lead and go above and beyond the requirements of environmental regulations to make Ohio a better place to live and work.”

The E3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. The gold level recognizes businesses that exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance. Click here for more information.

Ohio EPA is Accepting Applications for the New Gold-Level Award in its Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Recognition Program. The Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program targets those who reduce waste, improve efficiency and work to continuously improve as an environmental steward. The gold level is the most prestigious recognition level of the E3 program and recognizes businesses and others that exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance. Any Ohio business of any size may apply. It must have a good environmental compliance record and have completed above average environmental stewardship activities. Nominations may be submitted at any time since the application cycle is continual. Once at the gold level, membership duration lasts for three years before the business needs to reapply.  For more information, click here.

Primary drinking water standards for the state of Ohio. The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) is seeking stakeholder input to amend rules 3745-81-01 and 3745-81-76 in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) establishing primary drinking water standards for the state of Ohio. The proposed amendments are, in part, a result of the five year rule review requirements. These rules include definitions in the primary drinking water standards and water source designation of public water systems (PWS). DDAGW has proposed revisions to OAC rule 3745-81-01 to clarify the definition of a PWS by setting default populations, such as per service connection or dwelling for communities and for noncommunities. Additionally, revisions to rule 3745-81-76 of the Administrative Code have been proposed. The revisions allow DDAGW to designate the majority of sources by rule with an allowance for the Director to designate a well as surface water under certain conditions. The public comment period will run until May 1, 2014. For more information on this rule, the public hearing that is scheduled, or to submit comments, please contact Susan Baughman at Ohio EPA at (614) 644-2752 or email at The proposed rules are available on the Agency web page until their adoption or withdrawal. 

Water Quality Standards Program - Water Quality Criteria for the Ohio River Drainage Basin Rule.  The Division of Surface Water (DSW) is seeking stakeholder input on the Agency's proposed amendments to the Water Quality Standards Program Water Quality Criteria for the Ohio River Drainage Basin rule, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745-1-34.  This rulemaking includes the removal of the nondrink human health criterion for thallium. A public hearing has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on May 20, 2014.  Comments on the rule are due to the Agency by 5:00 p.m. on May 20, 2014.  For more information, click here.

Air Pollution Model General Permit Available.  The Director of Environmental Protection (Ohio EPA) is making available for application through the Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) a model general permit-to-install and operate (PTIO) for oil and gas well-site production operations with small or large flares and a modification to the permit-to-install (PTI) and PTIO for unpaved roadways and parking areas. After considering comments received, Ohio EPA developed the final Model General Permits and began accepting applications on April 4, 2014. All general permit information including these applications may be obtained on DAPC's web page

Rulemaking Plan Announced. The Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has finalized the division' s Rule Making Plan for 2014 to 2016. The plan is available on DDAGW's rulemaking page

OCAPP’s new online training catalog has launched. The catalog is a searchable archive of all previous OCAPP online trainings.  The various training information throughout OCAPP’s web pages is being migrated to the new online training catalogue. You can also access OCAPP's recorded webinars on Ohio EPA's YouTube site.

Compliance & Prevention Quarterly

OCAPP's latest Compliance & Prevention Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2014 been posted online.  To view past OCAPP newsletters, click here.

Guide to Environmental Permitting in Ohio has been updated. If you are starting or expanding a business in Ohio, it is important to determine whether you need environmental permits. Failure to understand and comply with Ohio EPA's permitting requirements can result in violations or delays that can cost you time and money. This guide is a starting point to help you determine what permits you need, why you need them and how to get them.

The Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) has released a temporary guidance document Options for the Management of Solvent Contaminated Rags and Wipers.  This document is intended to provide information and assistance on solvent contaminated wipes until Ohio adopts the federal rule.

This popular calendar helps businesses track all monthly perc receipts, machine maintenance and solvent usage to comply with EPA air permits and regulations. Click for the PDF version or call OCAPP at 1-800-329-7518 for a hard copy.

Watch a news broadcast about OCAPP services (Courtesy of WOUB, Athens, Ohio. Broadband recommended.)

View OCAPP brochure - Need Help with Environmental Regulations?

What are the benefits to you in working with OCAPP?

Many businesses that have worked with us have said that they were glad they contacted OCAPP and received assistance.  Benefits include:

  • Saving money and improving business performance;
  • Achieving environmental compliance;
  • Reducing liability and potential for violations or penalties;
  • Protecting your workers' health and safety; and
  • Helping preserve natural resources.


Section 507 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 required each state to establish a Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) and Small Business Ombudsman (SBO) to help small businesses understand and comply with new air pollution regulations. In addition, a seven-member Compliance Advisory Panel (CAP) in each state oversees the SBAP and SBO to ensure these programs provide useful services and regulatory guidance to small businesses. 

Enabling legislation

In Ohio, the SBAP created by ORC 3704.18 is housed within Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP). The SBO created by ORC 3706.19 is housed within the Clean Air Resource Center of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority.  CAP appointment procedures and duties are outlined inORC 3704.19.  In addition, Ohio’s CAP receives support from a national coalition of state CAPs in communicating small business interests to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Business Ombudsman in Washington, DC. 

Current members and contacts

The following fact sheet describes the function, mission, and current CAP members.

The following Summary of Appointments lists the CAP members, appointing authority, represented entity, and term dates.

Meeting schedule and past meeting minutes

The CAP meets quarterly to review the work of the SBAP and SBO offices.  The CAP provides input from a small business perspective on new compliance assistance initiatives, environmental regulations, and Agency actions.

2014 Meeting Schedule 

WINTER:  Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10 A.M. - Noon  via WebEx

SPRING:  Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10 A.M. - Noon  via WebEx

SUMMER:  Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10 A.M. - Noon  via WebEx

FALL:  Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10 A.M. - Noon, via WebEx

CAP Meeting Minutes
  Winter Spring Summer Fall
2013 2/14/13 6/6/13 8/8/13 No meeting
2012 2/9/12 No meeting No meeting No meeting
2011 No meeting No meeting 8/11/11 11/10/11

 For more information about the CAP, contact Rick Carleski, OCAPP Supervisor, at (614) 728-1742 or

Many businesses that have worked with us have said that they were glad they contacted OCAPP and received assistance.  Some examples follow:

“Thanks and keep up the good work. The OCAPP has been very helpful to us.”

- An Automotive Parts Manufacturer

“Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to visit our operation. I’m sure the information you have provided will be very instrumental in improving our green programs here in Napoleon.”

- A Small Business

“Great info – Thanks!”

- An Aircraft Business

“Great stuff!! We are in the process now and this is a great follow up piece…”

- A Small Business

“Thanks so much for the quick response! I appreciate your help!”

- An Automotive Parts Manufacturer

“This is a lot of great information. Thank you so much for putting this time in.”

- A Large Business

“I wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU! for all of your help. You helped us in becoming compliant in our new business. Your time spent with us really educated us on our environmental impact. Any business is difficult to begin, but when educated, it lessens the difficulties. We now can start the “growing process” without the fear of not understanding lengthy and difficult rules. OCAPP and you are a tremendous program! You guys keep up the good work!”

- An Automotive Business

“I would like to commend [OCAPP employee] on the depth and timeliness of response to my recent inquiries pertaining to the OEPA’s “views” on certain aspects of RCRA in a hospital pharmacy setting. His responses have been informative, and most of all helpful, which for someone noted experience[d] in legal jargon, can be quite confusing. We tend to only report poor service these days. If he as is busy as the rest of us, and I’m sure he is, then this [is] well deserved.”

- A Local Hospital

“Thanks very much gentlemen. This looks like a “ton” of useful information that we can look into. This will certainly take some time but be assured I will investigate some of these possibilities over time. Again, great information and I appreciate all of your time and efforts.”

- A Paint Manufacturer

“I shared the report you sent out last week with some of our management crew, asked them to look though and get back on it… it was greatly appreciated by all. I am hoping that we can use some of the ideas you had and the many different vendors contact information segments will be real beneficial as well! Some of the things you had listed we already were looking into, but there were many items that I am sure will get us researching into in the near future.”

- A Metal Finisher

“I thank you so much for the advice and assistance you provided in helping us to properly dispose of the dental materials. Not only did your expertise save me considerable expense but it is gratifying to know that some of the materials will be put to good use. I have shared my appreciation with anyone who will listen; it's always helpful for a governmental agency to get unsolicited good reviews.”

- A Dentist’s Office

“I am writing this letter to express to you what a great help your [OCAPP employee] was in helping us to fill out the OEPA forms for pollution control. He is very patient and helpful. He is extremely knowledgeable in his work and is very good to work with.

I cannot express to you our gratitude for having a man of his ability and personality helping us fill out these forms. With sincere regards, we feel you have an exceptional man in [OCAPP employee].”

- A Stone Products Company

“I would like to thank [OCAPP] for all of its assistance. [OCAPP employee] travelled here several times, as well as to Dayton to meet with RAPCA. [OCAPP employee] has been an outstanding representative for [OCAPP]. [OCAPP employee] was very helpful to me in explaining much of the complicated terminology and procedures of the EPA.”

- A Metal Finishing Company

“Thank you for the wonderful information. I always appreciate your e-mails! Could you please forward your slides on green Chemistry? I have been talking with a Biochemist and leader in Nanotechnology here in Columbus about the potential for Green Chemistry. I think he will find this information useful.”

- A Small Business

Many businesses that have worked with us have said that they were glad they contacted OCAPP and received assistance.  Some examples follow:

“Thank you greatly for being able to help…”

- A State Environmental Association

“Thanks very much for your support

- An Academic Institution

“Thanks a lot! You guys did an outstanding job. You guys really make a difference.”

- A State Agency

“Thank you so much for all your help. What a blessing you are. I appreciate your being so kind and giving me this great info.”

- A State Agency

“She (OCAPP staff person) has been a fantastic partner over the last two years. She was one of the reasons for the conference success and our ability to continue this project. She helped set-up the speakers and the three sessions that were provided. We will be moving the location and are hoping to have 300 employers attend this conference. I would like to thank her for her advice, professionalism and assistance over the past two years. She is an asset to your agency.”

- A State Agency Field Operations Office

“The timeliness of your presentation was excellent and your detailed discussion on the RACT rule and the impact (or potential impact) on them was very clear and concise. I also had several comments from members about your description of available EPA services.”

- A Regional Printing Association

Many businesses that have worked with us have said that they were glad they contacted OCAPP and received assistance. Some examples follow:

“Thanks so much for your time and ensuring other people are responding! Your responses have been the most detailed and helpful so far.”

- A Private Citizen

“Thanks for the lead… I will follow up with your recommendations.”

- A Private Citizen

“Wow, this is amazing! Thank you so much for compiling this information. I can’t wait to start contacting these groups. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this…”

- A Private Citizen

Frito Lay, a snack food manufacturer in Wooster (Wayne County) generated large quantities of wastewater and solid waste in the form of used process water, packaging, scrap metal and other items. Frito Lay has reduced natural gas usage by 4.9 percent, water usage by 25.8 percent, electricity usage by 13.9 percent and solid waste by 22 percent after implementing several process changes suggested by Ohio EPA. Frito Lay saves over $267,000 annually through these efforts. Ohio EPA offers these on-site assessments free of charge to help companies reduce waste and be more competitive.

Masco Builder Cabinet Group, a cabinet manufacturer in Jackson (Jackson County) generated large quantities of hazardous and solid waste in the form of used solvents, coatings, sawdust and industrial wastes. Masco saved over $1.5 million in 2007 and reduced annual emissions by more than 31 million pounds after implementing several process changes suggested by Ohio EPA. Ohio EPA offers these on-site assessments free of charge to help companies reduce waste and be more competitive.

Go to Ohio EPA's Training Catalog to search and view recorded versions of previous training events, copies of slides and handouts.

Click HERE for Municipal Storm Water training resources.

Free OCAPP Webinar- Encouraging Environmental Excellence:  How to Gain Recognition for Your Organization’s Environmental Stewardship Efforts-Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST. Hosted and presented by Ohio EPA's Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP). This webinar will discuss Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program and the three levels of recognition available. The content will focus on how businesses and other organizations can apply for bronze, silver and gold level recognition and the type of information Ohio EPA needs to complete the review process.  The requirements and deadlines for each level will be described along with a discussion of how OCAPP can help organizations complete successful applications.  Examples of organizations who have received recognition under the Encouraging Environmental Excellence program will be reviewed to demonstrate the types of activities Ohio EPA recognizes in this program, and the components of a successful application for the bronze, silver and gold levels.  We will be using the audio broadcast feature in WebEx to improve the sound quality of the webinar. You will need speakers on your computer or headphones connected to your computer to hear the audio portion of the webinar.  You will be able to ask questions during the webinar using the chat feature in WebEx. Click here to register.

Save the Date! OCAPP's Compliance Assistance Conference is scheduled for September 23-24, 2014, Columbus. OH. We will post the agenda and registration instructions on OCAPP's website soon.

Safer Chemistry Challenge Program 2014 Spring Webinar Series. This webinar series sponsored by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) provides attendees an opportunity to learn about chemical hazard analysis and safer chemistry initiatives. Presenters represent industry, nonprofit, academia, and technical assistance providers. The webinars will share successful practices and tools as well as chemical specific transition strategies. Information presented will examine and share safer chemistry innovations, case studies, tools, policy initiatives, and supply chain opportunities.  Click here for more information.


The Inaugural Bioproducts World Showcase & Conference will be held October 5-8, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. The OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC) at The Ohio State University will host the Showcase. OBIC seeks to promote the biobased materials and products industry. While OBIC has historically promoted the industry through cluster development strategies to accelerate bioproducts commercialization, it is now expanding through this new event in 2014. Click here for more information.  


U.S. EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program 2014 Webcast Series.  This series is bi-monthly throughout the year geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs. Topics will range from best practices in operations and maintenance to the intersection of green infrastructure and climate change. Click here for more information and registration.
The Office of Compliance Assistance & Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides a variety of on-site assistance services to meet your needs in staying in compliance and implementing pollution prevention.

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(614) 644-2930


Compliance Assistance

Provides assistance in permitting, regulatory requirements and other environmental compliance activities

Carleski, Rick

Air Permitting, Compliance Advisory Panel, New Regulatory Requirements

(614) 728-1742

Sowry, Dan

Permitting, Regulatory and Onsite Assistance for Central Ohio

(614) 728-8575

Girard, Tamara

Permitting, Regulatory and Onsite Assistance for Northeast Ohio

(330) 963-1282

Brianne Ciccone
Permitting, Regulatory and Onsite Assistance for Northeast Ohio
(330) 963-1250

Nabors, Ron

Permitting, Regulatory and Onsite Assistance for Northwest Ohio

(419) 373-3147

Pellegrino, Jim

Permitting, Regulatory and Onsite Assistance for Southwest Ohio

(937) 285-6439

Witte, Ralph

Permitting, Regulatory and Onsite Assistance for Southeast Ohio

(740) 380-5241





Compliance and Pollution Prevention Assistance

Provides assistance in pollution prevention, sustainability and environmental stewardship

Basting, Frank

Green Venues, Food Scrap Recycling, Regulatory Assistance

(614) 644-3544

Dong, Howard

Pollution Prevention Assistance, Encouraging Environmental Excellence Silver Level, Publications

(614) 644-2130

Foulkes, Dave

Sustainability, Onsite Pollution Prevention Assistance, Publications

(614) 644-3118

Miller, Helen

Answer Place, Web Based Training, Marketing Strategy

(614) 644-2817

Narotski, Bill

Mercury reduction, Onsite Pollution Prevention Assistance, Sustainability, Encouraging Environmental Excellence Gold Level

(614) 728-1264

Tolentino, Sean

Pollution Prevention Assistance, Encouraging Environmental Excellence Bronze Level, P2 Planning

(614) 728-3041




In this video, Agency expert Mike Kelley talks about the Encouraging Environmental Excellence program, designed to recognize and encourage Ohio businesses to become better stewards of the environment.