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



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Ohio EPA Receives Application to Certify Water Quality Impacts for Pipeline Project

Ohio EPA is reviewing an application to extend an underground pipeline across Jefferson, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Muskingum, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Fayette, Greene, Clinton, Warren and Butler counties. Ohio EPA’s role is to ensure the work would not violate water quality standards. Public comments will be collected during three public hearings in March.

The three public information sessions and hearings will be held at:

  • Sibcy Cline building in Warren County, 103 Oregonia Road, Lebanon, on March 18, 2013, at 6 p.m.
  • David Barber Civic Center in Tuscarawas County, 1066 East State Street, Newcomerstown, March 20, at 6 p.m.; and
  • Teays Valley West Middle School in Pickaway County, 200 Grove Run Road, Commercial Point, March 21, at 6 p.m.

Each session will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning the application.

An application has been submitted by Enterprise Products operating on behalf of Enterprise Liquids Pipeline LLC to construct the Appalachia to Texas, or ATEX Express pipeline project. Within Ohio, 265 miles of ATEX pipeline has been proposed.

Anyone wanting to discharge dredged or fill material to waters of the state must first obtain a water quality certification from Ohio EPA and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ohio EPA’s review is to ensure the project will comply with Ohio’s water quality standards.

The proposed project may result in a change from the current water quality conditions of water bodies located along the pipeline route, but cannot violate Ohio’s water quality standards that protect human health and the environment.  Ohio EPA will consider the technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project before deciding to issue or deny a water quality certification.

Comments on the application may be presented at the hearing or be submitted in writing to: Ohio EPA, Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049.  The public comment period ends March 28, 2013.

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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 moving forward.

 
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