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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.

CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA Holds Sept. 28th Public Hearing about State Implementation Plan for Fine Particulate Matter 

Ohio EPA will take comments on Ohio’s plan to meet the 2012 federal fine particulate matter standard in the Cleveland area by Dec. 31, 2021. 

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing in the Cleveland area regarding the plan on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. at the Parma-Snow Branch Library, 2121 Snow Road, Parma.

Fine particulate matter refers to small airborne particles that are about 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. The State Implementation Plan (SIP) includes meteorological and emissions data from the nonattainment area and modeling information that shows air quality in the Cleveland area will improve through current and upcoming regulations. The Cleveland area, which includes Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, was designated as a nonattainment area for the standard on April 15, 2015. 

After considering comments, Ohio EPA will submit its final plan and attainment demonstration to U.S. EPA for review and approval. 

Comments on the SIP proposal may be presented at the hearing or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, Attention: Laura Woods, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or email The public comment period ends Sept. 28, 2016.

For more information on the fine particulate standard and designations, visit


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.