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.

CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA Proposes General Permit for Bulk Fuel Storage Facilities 

Public Hearing Scheduled Aug. 10

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to accept public comments about renewing the general permit for storm water and wastewater discharges from bulk fuel storage facilities in Ohio.

The public hearing begins at 3 p.m. in Conference Room B at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification to register at the security desk.

The wastewater discharge general permit primarily covers storm water discharges from bulk fuel storage facilities. It also may cover certain process wastewaters such as tank water draws.

The general permit covers a majority of the facilities requiring a wastewater permit to store large volumes of fuels throughout Ohio. The permit identifies how to obtain coverage, requires permittees to implement a storm water pollution prevention plan to minimize or eliminate the potential for contamination of storm water and sets reporting and monitoring requirements.

During the hearing, the public can submit verbal or written comments on the proposed general permit. Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through Aug. 17, 2017. Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Attention: Division of Surface Water Permits and Compliance Section, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or emailing Include the permit number (OHB000003) on the envelope or email subject line.

The permit and a fact sheet are available online or at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Division of Surface Water, 50 West Town St. Suite 700, Columbus, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.


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.