Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance

Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention

A non-regulatory program that helps small businesses and other Ohio organizations comply with environmental regulations, prevent pollution and fund recycling and litter prevention efforts.

The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides free and confidential assistance to Ohio business to help them comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements, focusing on the needs of small business. The office helps customers identify and implement pollution prevention (P2) measures that can save money, increase business performance and benefit the environment. OCAPP’s recycling and litter prevention grant program provides funding to local governments, colleges and universities, solid waste management districts/authorities, health districts, trade associations and businesses for a variety of recycling, litter clean-up and scrap tire management projects. The funding also supports market development for materials such as glass, plastics, rubber and construction/demolition debris. Services of the office include a toll-free hotline, on-site compliance and P2 assessments, workshops/training, plain-English publications library, online training catalogue 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 (E3) 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.

EЗ Gold-Level

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler has presented Kent Elastomer's Kent plant and Kent Elastomer's Winesburg plant with the gold-level awards in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program. “Kent Elastomer sets an example to which other companies can aspire and their team continuously looks for ways to reduce waste and conserve natural resources,” Director Butler said. “This company shows that being environmentally responsible is good for the economy and part of being a good corporate citizen. We hope others will follow their 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.

Ohio EPA is accepting applications for the 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.

Stakeholder Input Opportunities

Grant Opportunity


Helping Small Manufacturers Meet Clean Air Rules - Ohio Air Quality Development Authority

For small Ohio manufacturing businesses that are subject to federal and state clean air regulations, there is a long-standing state program that offers lower-cost financing to help pay for facilities or equipment that mitigates air pollution. The Clean Air Resource Center (CARC), a program of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, provides lower-cost grants and loans to small businesses to help pay for air quality projects. CARC offers grants equal to 30 percent of equipment costs. Grants are capped at a maximum of $30,000. Specifically, these grants help cover closing costs, as well as principal payments on the equipment after it has been installed and operational for at least six months. CARC also provides tax-incentivized loans to help finance pollution control or prevention projects. This assistance is available to a variety of small businesses, including dry cleaners, auto body shops, metal finishers, printers and many others. Qualifying businesses must have 100 or fewer employees and emit less than 75 tons of all regulated air pollutants or 50 or less tons of any such pollutant. Interested companies can find out more about CARC at 800-225-5051 or 614-728-3540, as well as their webpage at www.ohioairquality.org.

Hazardous Waste Report Reminder

In February2013, the Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) changed the requirements for submitting the Hazardous Waste Report from annual to biennial. Generator and TSD data has since only been collected for odd-numbered years and is due by March 1 for the following year. Please do not submit reports for 2014 as data for even-numbered years is no longer required. If you need to submit a report prior to 2016 for the 2015 calendar year, please contact Ohio EPA. However, if you normally submit other reports or data with your annual report that are not part of that report (e.g., the ground water monitoring annual report required by OAC 3745-65-94) please be aware that the frequency of these reports or data has not changed. If you have any questions about this, or any other reporting issues, please contact Thomas Babb at 614-914-2527 or through email at thomas.babb@epa.ohio.gov.

New Web Resource for Safer Chemical Substitution and Alternatives Assessments

The University of Wisconsin Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC), U.S. EPA and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have collaborated to develop the OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox. The toolbox is a publicly available website that contains resources relevant to safer chemical substitution and alternatives assessments. Alternative assessments are processes for identifying, comparing and selecting safer alternatives to replace hazardous chemicals with the objective of promoting sustainable production and consumption.
The toolbox has four modules:

This is a first version of the OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox. The toolbox aims to be enriched and regularly updated. Stakeholders can submit information to be added in the toolbox and/or general comments on how to improve the toolbox to the OECD by sending an email to ehscont@oecd.org.

Publication Updates

Compliance & Prevention Quarterly

OCAPP's latest Compliance and Prevention Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2015 has been posted online. View past OCAPP newsletters.

OCAPP recently published/updated the following fact sheets:

2015 Compliance Calendar for Dry Cleaners

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.

Selected Sources of P2 News Outside of Ohio EPA

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

View OCAPP brochure - Need Help with Environmental Regulations?

Benefits of Working with Us

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
  • Helping preserve natural resources

Small Business Compliance Advisory Panel


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 Ohio Revised Code (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 in ORC 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. EPA's Small Business Ombudsman in Washington, D.C.. 

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.

2015 Meeting Schedule 

Winter: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spring: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Summer: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fall: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.


CAP Meeting Minutes
  Winter Spring Summer Fall
2014 Feb. 20, 2014 No meeting Aug. 14, 2014 Nov. 13, 2014
2013 Feb. 14, 2013 June 6, 2013 Aug. 8, 2013 No meeting
2012 Feb. 9, 2012 No meeting No meeting No meeting

For more information about the CAP, contact Rick Carleski, OCAPP Supervisor, at (614) 728-1742 or richard.carleski@epa.ohio.gov.

Testimonials (Businesses)

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] traveled 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 emails! 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

Testimonials (Other Organizations)

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

Testimonials (Individuals)

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

Case Studies/Examples of Cost Savings

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.


How do I find resources for the business and governmental sectors?

How do I get assistance to reduce waste and become more efficient?

How do I get on-site assistance?


The Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) provides a variety of on-site assistance services to meet your needs in staying in compliance and implementing pollution prevention.

How do I find recycling resources?

How do I find publications/subscribe for updates?

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Compliance Assistance


Provides assistance in understanding environmental regulations and permitting requirements. Also provides onsite assessments upon request and helps with EPA-related paperwork.

Carleski, Rick


(614) 728-1742

Cohen, Channon
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(614) 705-1013
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Pollution Prevention


Provides help with reducing waste, meeting environmental requirements and recognizing environmental excellence.

Kelley, Michael


(614) 644-2930

Dong, Howard

Pollution Prevention Assistance, Encouraging Environmental Excellence

(614) 644-2130

Foulkes, Dave

Sustainability, Onsite Pollution Prevention Assistance

(614) 644-3118

Narotski, Bill

Onsite Pollution Prevention Assistance, Sustainability, Encouraging Environmental Excellence

(614) 728-1264




Sustainable Materials Management


Provides assistance in identifying new recyclable waste streams, developing sustainable markets and expanding litter prevention.

Basting, Frank


(614) 644-3544

Arroyo-Rodriguez, Angel

Sustainable Practices, Green Planning, Program Development, Community Outreach

(614) 728-5336

Liston, Marcus

Sustainable Practices, Materials Exchange

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Honda of America Achieves
Three Gold Level E3 Awards

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented Honda’s Marysville, East Liberty and Anna plants with the Agency’s highest award for environmental stewardship — the gold-level award in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program.