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

Links to Four Interrelated
Water Quality Rule Packages

Water Quality Standards
Section 401 Water Quality Certifications
Stream Mitigation

Draft Rules

Overview of Four Interrelated Water Quality Rule Packages

Ohio EPA hosted a two-day information session regarding the four inter-related rule packages on May 2 and May 3, 2011.

Information Session presentations and selected handouts have been posted.  For additional information, go here.

Comment deadline - 5:00 p.m. on June 6, 2011
Four interrelated water quality rule packages are out for interested party review (IPR). Following this initial public review and comment, Ohio EPA expects to craft and move forward on smaller rule packages comprised of selected rules and topics. Completing the IPR will afford the Agency the opportunity to consider the comments from affected parties and the public when assessing and prioritizing the content of future rulemakings.

The fact sheets below summarize the overall scope and likely effects of all four rule packages. A detailed fact sheet, specific to each rule package, is on the web page for that rule package. Use the links in the box above to go to web pages for the four interrelated rule packages. Interested party input on selected topics will be particularly valuable. Please consider using the fact sheet Highlighted Issues as a guideline to formulate your comments.


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