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. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, 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.



September 17, 2020
Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Phillips Drive Bank Restoration Application
Ohio EPA will hold a virtual public hearing to take comments on an application for a water quality certification related to the proposed Phillips Drive bank restoration in Mount Vernon.

September 11, 2020
Information Session to Discuss Waste Acceptance Criteria Implementation Plan at Former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant
Ohio EPA will hold a virtual information session to provide an overview of the Waste Acceptance Criteria Implementation Plan (WACIP) for the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

September 11, 2020
Study of Lake Erie Central Basin Tributaries Released
Ohio EPA today released a study examining water and sediment chemistry, habitat, fish, and other aquatic life from 38 named and unnamed rivers and streams that flow into the Lake Erie Central Basin in northeast Ohio. These small streams drain approximately 1,040 square miles in portions of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain counties.

September 10, 2020
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Stream Quality Designation Rules
Ohio EPA is proposing changes beneficial use designation rules for the Maumee River, Sandusky River, Huron River, and Portage River watersheds. A virtual public hearing about the amended rules will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

September 9, 2020
Photos Chosen as Judges’ Favorites in 2020 ‘Life on Lake Erie’ Photo Contest
Out of 177 photographs submitted by amateur photographers, 11 were recognized as judges’ favorites in the annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Each photographer was recognized during the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s (OLEC) Sept. 9 virtual meeting. This year’s photos feature the variety of places and life that reflect Ohio’s Lake Erie. The winning photos can be found at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission website, www.lakeerie.ohio.gov.

September 9, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Approves H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program Advisory Council
To guide the State in addressing harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake Erie, today the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) announced the creation of the H2Ohio Technology Assessment Program (TAP) Advisory Council. The TAP Advisory Council will evaluate and validate technology proposals and facilitate demonstration projects to determine their effectiveness at addressing HABs. OLEC has also selected Tetra Tech as a third-party technology vendor to assist the TAP Advisory Council in evaluating the most promising technologies.

September 3, 2020
Ohio EPA Announces H2Ohio Funding to Replace Lead Service Lines
Today, Ohio EPA announced that lead service lines and lead-containing fixtures will be removed and replaced at approximately 185 childcare facilities in Cincinnati as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative.

September 1, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold Quarterly Meeting
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission will hold its next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held through a virtual format, and the public can register to participate through the webinar application.

August 20, 2020
Ohio EPA Selects 2020 Environmental Scholarship Winners
Eleven environmental science and engineering students have been awarded scholarships through Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund to study at Ohio colleges and universities. Students were selected based on academic performance, as well as research, employment/internships, leadership, letters of recommendation from education or environmental professionals, and other specified criteria.

August 20, 2020
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Proposed Amendments to Drinking Water Chemical Monitoring Rule
Ohio EPA is proposing changes to rules that address disinfection byproducts in public drinking water systems. A virtual public hearing about the amended rule will be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.

August 18, 2020
Ohio EPA Holding Hearing about Renewing General Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
Ohio EPA will accept public comments at a virtual public hearing about renewing the small municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) general permit. Small MS4s are storm sewer systems serving fewer than 100,000 people in urbanized areas.

August 10, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Requests Public Comments about Ashtabula River Area of Concern
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio EPA are accepting comments for the proposed removal of a beneficial use impairment that restricts navigational dredging activities within the Ashtabula River Area of Concern.

August 7, 2020
Central Ohio Communities Receive $144 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA to Improve Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure
Communities in Central Ohio are receiving $144 million in low-interest funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

August 7, 2020
Southwest Ohio Communities Receive $14.8 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements
Communities in Southwest Ohio are receiving more than $14.8 million in low-interest rate funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

August 7, 2020
Northwest Ohio Communities Receive $82 Million in Financing from Ohio EPA for Wastewater, Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements
Communities in Northwest Ohio are receiving more than $82 million in low-interest rate funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020.

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