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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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946


Ohio EPA Will Revise General Permit To Cover Hydrostatic Test Water Discharges

Ohio EPA has issued a draft general permit to cover hydrostatic test water discharges of short duration from Ohio facilities, and will hold a public hearing to accept comments on the draft.

The public hearing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA conference room 6A, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, and will end when all interested parties have had a chance to present testimony related to the draft permit. Comments will be considered by Ohio EPA before a decision is made. Those interested in attending should bring a photo I.D.

Hydrostatic test water is water that has been placed under pressure in pipelines, tanks, and other structures to test for leaks and other structural integrity issues. This type of test water is generally used for new facilities, unused facilities and facilities used to transport or store natural gas, crude oil or petroleum hydrocarbons. The draft general permit would authorize only certain types of discharges. Pollutants recommended for regulation include oil and grease, suspended solids, pH, dissolved oxygen, iron, chlorine, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. Proposed changes in this general permit are related to Ohio EPA’s permit reporting process, and would not change how stringent the permit is.

Statewide general permits have five-year durations and are reviewed and revised as needed at the end of that period. A general permit consists of one permit covering many locations that have similar discharges. General permits are used to allow discharges that will have a minimal effect on the environment.

For more information about the draft general permit, or to receive a copy of the draft permit, check Ohio EPA’s website or contact Eric Nygaard at (614) 644-2024.

Submit written comments to Ohio EPA-DSW Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, 43216, or email by Oct. 23, 2012. Requests to be added to the interested parties’ mailing list may be sent to the same address.

A draft permit will be issued as a final action unless revisions to the draft are made after considering public comments and records from the public hearing or if changes are not approved by U.S. EPA.