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 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault

Ohio EPA Hearing Set on Proposed Rules for Solid Waste Facilities 

Public Hearing Set August 12, 2020 

Proposed rule changes that would amend Ohio’s solid waste landfill rules will be the subject of a virtual public hearing.  

During the virtual hearing, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, the public can submit comments, on the record, about the proposed rules. Citizens who want to participate must preregister in advance for the meeting.

If adopted, some of the changes to the rules would include: 

  • minor clarifications; 
  • language to address statutory updates;
  • amendments to the siting criteria that would apply the criteria to sources of pollution instead of the entire facility;
  • several amendments to the construction of a sanitary landfill facility;
  • changes to the closure notification; and 
  • amendments to the requirements for post-closure care of a sanitary landfill facility. 

Ohio EPA will consider all public comments before finalizing the rule changes. 

Comments on the proposed rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted by emailing The public comment period ends at close of business Aug. 12, 2020.  

More information on the proposed rules update is available online at the Division of Materials and Waste Management Nonhazardous Waste Rules and Laws web page. See information under the “proposed rules” tab. 


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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