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. 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


Ohio EPA Proposes Additions to Drinking Water Operator Certification Rules

Ohio EPA has proposed rules that would allow external organizations to administer tests for water operator certification and is accepting comments through the close of business on Nov. 13, 2012.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. in conference room C at Ohio EPA, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus.  The hearing will end once all interested parties have had a chance to present testimony related to the proposed rules.  Comments will be considered and necessary changes will be made by Ohio EPA before the rules are finalized.  Visitors to the building should bring a photo I.D.

The proposed rules would provide an opportunity for organizations to apply to become Agency-approved examiners. Examiners would give computerized water and wastewater certification exams in various locations throughout Ohio. Currently, Ohio EPA gives exams twice per year in one location. Approved independent examiners would be able to offer testing more frequently than Ohio EPA is able to. In addition, the rules propose requirements for receiving operator certification through an Agency-approved examiner.

Ohio EPA has certified more than 12,000 operators, ensuring public water and wastewater systems are operated by properly trained and qualified individuals.

Copies of the proposed rules can be found online, or by contacting Donna Roberts at the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters.  Written comments can be mailed by Nov. 13, to Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or emailed to


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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.