As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



4/26/18
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce

Alternative Fuels Vehicle Conversion Grants Still Available

15 Projects Already Selected for Funding

Ohio EPA is offering one-time funding to help municipalities, schools and businesses convert diesel-powered heavy-duty fleet vehicles to run on cleaner burning alternative fuels. Fifteen grants have been awarded so far with $2.2 million still available.

The 15 grants awarded to date are providing more than $2.8 million to replace 141 vehicles with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG) or liquid petroleum gas (LPG fuel such as propane or butane). This includes 24 propane school buses, two CNG school buses, 41 CNG transit buses and 74 CNG refuse trucks. These cleaner fuels and technologies help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions.

Grants have been awarded to:

  • Ansonia Local Schools, Darke County, $26,000 for components of two propane-powered school buses;
  • Carrollton Exempted Village Schools, Carroll County, $30,314 for components of two CNG-powered school buses;
  • Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Franklin County, $400,000 for components of 18 CNG-powered transit buses;
  • City of Columbus, Franklin County, $371,584 for components of 16 CNG-powered refuse trucks;
  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Delaware County, $6,250 for components of one propane-powered refuse truck;
  • Fairbanks Local Schools, Union County, $65,000 for components of five propane-powered school buses;
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), Cuyahoga County, $400,000 for components of 16 CNG-powered transit buses;
  • Local Waste Services, Franklin County, $322,400 for components of 16 CNG-powered refuse trucks;
  • Northwest Local Schools, Scioto County, $26,000 for components of two propane-powered school buses;
  • Pike Delta York Local Schools, Fulton County, $26,000 for components of two propane-powered school buses;
  • Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA), Portage County, $150,000 for components of six CNG-powered transit buses;
  • Rumpke Transportation Company, Hamilton County, $396,022 for components of 22 CNG-powered refuse trucks;
  • Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), Stark County, $25,000 for components of one CNG-powered transit bus;
  • Waste Management of Ohio, Geauga County, $395,584 for components of 19 CNG-powered refuse trucks; and
  • Westerville City Schools, Franklin County, $169,000 for components of 13 propane-powered school buses.

Ohio EPA will continue to accept new applications until all available funds have been allocated. The program is supported by $5 million from the Alternative Fuel Transportation Fund of the Ohio Developmental Services Agency. For information visit Ohio EPA’s Office of Environmental Education webpage and click on the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grants tab, call (614) 644-2873 or email derg@epa.ohio.gov.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

 
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