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



July 1, 2020
Ohio EPA Offering Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Ohio EPA is accepting applications for $3.25 million in grants for publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations. Eligible applicants include public or private entities in the 26 counties that Ohio EPA has identified as eligible to receive funds from the grant program. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2020.

May 26, 2020
E-Check Stations Re-Opening May 26
With the re-opening of Ohio BMV registrars, Ohio EPA has asked its contractor that operates the E-Check automobile emissions testing stations in the seven-county Cleveland-Akron metro area to re-open all stations today.

May 8, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for 2020 “Life on Lake Erie” Photo Contest
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is seeking submissions for its 28th annual “Life on Lake Erie” photo contest, which invites amateur photographers to submit their favorite photos of Lake Erie and surrounding landscapes. The contest offers a great way to explore and share the great places of Lake Erie through photography.

May 5, 2020
Ohio EPA Recognizes Magnificat High School with Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education Award
Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson has awarded Magnificat High School with the Leaf Class of Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Education (E4).

April 30, 2020
Ohio EPA Issues Permits to PennOhio Signal Location
Ohio EPA has issued a surface water permit-to-install (PTI) and two air permits to install and operate (PTIO) to PennOhio Waste, LLC’s Signal facility, 44626 State Route 154, Lisbon, related to the company’s unloading and transfer operations of construction and demolition debris.

April 23, 2020
Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Petmin USA Inc.
Ohio EPA will hold an online public meeting and hearing to accept public comments on a draft air pollution permit for Petmin, USA Inc.’s proposed facility in Ashtabula. If approved, the permit would replace the existing air permit and is being considered due to design changes at the facility.

April 23, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Releases 2020 Plan to Protect Lake
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission approved its 2020 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan (LEPR) at its April quarterly meeting. The LEPR, last published in 2016, reflects actions that the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and its member agencies will take over the next several years to protect, preserve and restore our Great Lake and promote economic development for the region. The state’s actions complement federal and local partners’ initiatives in the Lake Erie basin and across the region.

April 9, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission to Hold Quarterly Meeting
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has rescheduled its spring quarterly meeting on Friday, April 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held through a webinar format, and the public can register to participate through the webinar application.

April 8, 2020
Ohio EPA Issues Water Quality Certification for Lordstown Battery Cell Plant
Ohio EPA has issued a water quality certification to General Motors LLC for the Lordstown Battery Cell Plant. The proposed facility will manufacture battery cells for electric vehicles.

March 25, 2020
Ohio EPA Meeting Set for PennOhio Permit Applications
Ohio EPA will hold webinar to accept public comments on applications for an air permit-to-install and operate (PTIO) and an application for a surface water permit-to-install (PTI) for PennOhio Waste, LLC’s Signal facility, 44626 State Route 154, Lisbon.

March 19, 2020
E-Check Stations to Close End of Day Today
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ohio EPA has asked its contractor that operates the E-Check automobile emissions testing stations in the seven-county Cleveland-Akron metro area to temporarily close all stations at the end of the day today (March 19).

March 19, 2020
Lake Erie Protection Fund Grants Available through Ohio Lake Erie Commission
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission announces applications are available for the Lake Erie Protection Fund Grant for projects in the Ohio Lake Erie watershed. Grants up to $50,000 will be considered during the current grant cycle. Applications are due May 1, 2020 with selections to be announced at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission meeting on June 17, 2020. Projects should address at least one of the Draft 2020 Lake Erie Protection & Restoration Plan Strategic Objectives.

March 11, 2020
Canceled: Ohio EPA Public Hearing for Lordstown Battery Plant Application
Ohio EPA has canceled its meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Lordstown High School to discuss the application for a water quality certification submitted by General Motors.

March 10, 2020
Ohio EPA Finds First Detection of PFAS in Public Water System
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) released an update today on the testing of drinking water from public water systems being analyzed for the prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

March 10, 2020
Ohio Lake Erie Commission Meeting Postponed
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has postponed (for a date later to be determined) the quarterly meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center.

 
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