Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization

Provides emergency response to environmental spills and releases; oversees investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites; and provides assistance and guidance for clean up and reuse of brownfield sites.

Announcements/Highlights

February 4, 2016
  • The webpage for Ohio Development Services Agency’s Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant Program is now available at https://www.development.ohio.gov/cs/cs_agsc.htm. On the webpage you will find program guidelines and resources to determine your site’s eligibility. ODSA anticipates the online application will be available on the webpage in mid- to late February.
January 14, 2016
  • Sunoco Logistics Mid-Valley Pipeline Release Site – Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning Issued
    The Director of Ohio EPA and the Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3 have issued a Notice of Intent to Conduct Restoration Planning to the Mid-Valley Pipeline Company and Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P., as well as any associated parent companies of those two entities. This public notice confirms that the designated State and Federal Trustees are currently undertaking restoration planning to assess and redress any injuries caused by the 2014 oil spill into the un-named creek within the Oak Glen Nature Preserve and adjacent private properties, all located in Hamilton County, Ohio.
November 20, 2015
  • Green I Landfill – Remedial Design / Remedial Action Order Issued
    The Director of Ohio EPA has issued a final action Directors Final Findings and Orders to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to implement Remedial Design and Remedial Action activities at the Green I Landfill site located off of Hunters Woods Road (Township Road 358), Section 36 of Green Township.
November 20, 2015
  • Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works Site – Decision Document Issued
    Ohio EPA has issued a plan identifying the selected alternative for the cleanup of Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works site located at 950 Elm Street, Painesville, Ohio.
November 13, 2015
  • The 2015 Winter SABR News edition is now available. Topics include: Stark County Port Authority - Former Alliance Community Hospital Project, Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant, Federal Grant Opportunities, Piqua Brownfield Funding Workshop, Interested Party Review - VAP Draft Rules, CP Annual Training, and Courses Approved for PDHUs.
October 21, 2015
  • USEPA has Announced their request for Proposals for their 2016 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grants and on October 20 posted the grant proposal guidelines.

    Instructions to request and receive a state support letter for a grant proposal (required for all grant proposals) from Ohio EPA can be found here
September 15, 2015
  • The Call for Presentations for the 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference is now open. Presentation submittals must be received no later than November 30, 2015. The 2016 Ohio Brownfield Conference will be at Hilton Columbus/Polaris on April 6 and 7, 2016.
August 26, 2015

***This updates and replaces an announcement previously posted on July 23, 2015.


  • This June, US EPA, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) issued final guidance for the evaluation of vapor intrusion to indoor air (US EPA VI guidance). The US EPA VI guidance, similar to DERR’s 2010 VI guidance, emphasizes a “multiple-lines of evidence” approach when evaluating the VI pathway. US EPA refers to the Vapor Intrusion Screening Level (VISL) Calculator as the preferred frontline screening methodology, and de-emphasizes reliance on mathematical models, the use of which is included in DERR’s 2010 VI guidance. This has led to some confusion on which tool to use to screen out the VI pathway or evaluate compliance with applicable standards for VAP.

    DERR has reviewed the new federal guidance for application when evaluating sites under our cleanup programs. For Remedial Response and RCRA sites, we are recommending use of the US EPA VI guidance for VI investigations, along with some aspects of the DERR’s 2010 VI guidance. For more specific information, please contact the appropriate program. Similarly, for VAP, we advise the use of the VISL Calculator for screening, with emphasis on further sampling (soil gas and indoor air) if site concentrations exceed screening levels. Mathematical modeling, which is permitted under the VAP rules, may have utility but should be evaluated on a site-specific basis. With respect to the Johnson and Ettinger model for vapor intrusion to indoor air specifically, the appropriateness of using this model has been called into question. However, no further action letters that include VI demonstrations may continue to rely on mathematical modeling conducted in accordance with the VAP rules and DERR’s 2010 VI guidance until such time the guidance is updated. We also strongly recommend you consult with the program if you have a project with VI issues, especially if you have or would like to rely upon VI modeling.


Archived Announcements/Highlights

July 23, 2015
Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works – Preferred Plan Issued
  • Ohio EPA has issued a plan identifying the preferred alternative for the cleanup of Operable Unit 5 of the Diamond Shamrock Painesville Works site located at 950 Elm Street, Painesville, Ohio. A public meeting on the Preferred Plan will be held on August 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Painesville Township Hall, 55 Nye Road, Painesville, Ohio. Public comment will be accepted at the public meeting and can be submitted to Ohio EPA through September 4, 2015.
April 30, 2015
  • The 2015 Spring SABR News is now available. Topics included in this issue: Youngstown Urban Core Redevelopment, Katie Courtright Joins Ohio EPA, Summit County Background Report, Planning Underway for 2016 Ohio Brownfields Conference, and more!.
April 27, 2015
  • The Conceptual Site Model (CSM) Guidance for use at DERR sites is now available. For more information, please visit the Misc. Remedial Response Guidance section on the Remedial Response program guidance page.
March 5, 2015
Draft Natural Resource Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment Issued for Nease Chemical Assessment Area
  • This Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (RP/EA) was prepared by Ohio EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Trustees) to address natural resources injured and ecological services lost due to releases of hazardous substances from the former Nease Chemical facility near Salem, Ohio. Public comments are being sought on this RP/EA and will be considered and incorporated in the Final RP/EA as appropriate. The Trustees will hold a community meeting on April 9, 2015, to answer questions and accept comments on the preferred plan. The community meeting will begin at 6 p.m., at the Salem Public Library (Quaker Room), 821 E. State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460.
November 7, 2014
  • The 2014 Winter SABR News issue is now available. Topics included in this issue: U.S. EPA Opens FY15 Brownfield Grant Round, Brownfield Funding Workshops, Recent CP Trainings, SABR Staff Changes, Chardon Rubber Company Cleanup and Redevelopment, and Courses Offered for PDHUs
October 20, 2014
  • U.S. EPA is opening the FY2015 Brownfield Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) Grant round by the end of October. If you are submitting an application/proposal for one of these grants, you will need a State Support Letter. Instructions on how to obtain a State Support Letter can be found here.
August 1, 2014
July 31, 2014
  • New Lab Certification applications for 2014 have been posted and can be found here.
July 1, 2014
  • New VAP Rules go into effect August 1, 2014. Please see the VAP Rules Page for more information.
April 8, 2014
  • View the new Community Brownfield Funding Resources webpage. This webpage provides a list of various sources of assistance available to communities for assessment, remediating, and redeveloping brownfield sites.
January 27, 2014
  • Effective January 22, 2014, ALS Environmental (CL0022) of Cincinnati, Ohio received certification for the analysis of Mercury on soil vapor and air. Please contact ALS Environmental for more information.
February 18, 2014
  • View the latest pre-approved courses, webinars, and archived webinars for PDHU credits!
November 21, 2013
November 14, 2013
September 6, 2013
August 16, 2013
  • Submit your presentation proposal for the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference. Submittals for this Call for Presentations must be received no later than the close of business on Nov. 15, 2013. Presentations submitted after that date will not be considered for the conference.
August 15, 2013
  • Save the Date!  The 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference is scheduled for April 9-10 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Visit our Ohio Brownfield Conference website for more info!
June 25, 2013
  • Read the latest SABR Newsletter for updates on PDHU courses, the 2014 Ohio Brownfield Conference, JobsOhio/Clean Ohio Interim Program and more!
May 30, 2013
  • View our new Summaries of CNS Projects web page. Find summaries of covenants not to sue (CNSs) issued by Ohio EPA in recent years, including historical use, types of contamination, applicable standards, remedies or land use restrictions, any state cleanup funds received, plans for redevelopment and photos.
April 18, 2013
April 12, 2013
  • The Clean Ohio Brownfield Revitalization Fund programs have leveraged over $10.00 of investment per grant dollar through the redevelopment of over 380 former commercial and industrial properties.If you have a project and would like to discuss funding opportunities please contact the JobsOhio Network Partner for your area.

Training Events & Proceedings

Please visit our Eventbrite Training Profile to register for current training opportunities

Upcoming Training Event Date and Location Registration
  • Winter 2016 CP Coffee
February 24, 2016
Columbus, OH
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
@ Ohio EPA's Center for Excellence
Registration Open
     
  • CP Initial Training
March 8, 2016
Columbus, OH
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
@ Ohio EPA's Center for Excellence
Registration Open
     
  • The Vapor Intrusion Risk Pathway: A Practical Guide
May 10 & 11, 2016
Columbus, OH
@ ODOT Central Office
Registration will open soon



Past Training Events

Past Training Event Date and Location
Proceedings
  • CP Initial Training
December 10, 2015
Columbus, OH
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
@ Ohio EPA's Center for Excellence
Coming Soon
     
  • CP Annual Training
October 27, 2015
Columbus, OH
@ ODOT Central Auditorium
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties (Piqua Workshop)
October 20, 2015
Piqua, OH
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
@ Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center
308 N Main St, Piqua, OH 45356
in the Ulysses S. Grant Room
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties (Northwest Ohio Workshop)
September 17, 2015
Perrysburg, OH
9am-2pm
@ Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • CP Initial Training
September 11, 2015
Columbus, OH
9:00am – 5:30pm
@ Ohio EPA
Center for Excellence
50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus, OH 43215
Coming Soon
     
  • Soil Classification, Description and Logging for Environmental Investigations
August 24 & 31, 2015
Groveport, OH
8:30am – 5:00pm
@ Ohio EPA
Groveport Field Office
4675 Homer Ohio Lane, Groveport, OH 43125
Coming Soon
     
  • Summer 2015 CP Coffee
July 14, 2015
Columbus, OH
@ State Library of Ohio at 1:00PM
Agenda with links to presentations
WebEx Recording
     
  • CP Initial Training
June 25, 2015
Columbus, OH
@ Ohio EPA Center for Excellence at 9:00 am
Coming Soon
     
  • CP Training Webinar on VISL Calculator
May 12, 2015
Online @ 10am
Coming Soon
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
    (Marietta Workshop)
    (Not eligible for PDHUs)
May 8, 2015
@ 9am at the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley
Regional Development District
Agenda with links to presentations
     
  • CP Coffee
April 13, 2015
@ State Library of Ohio
in Columbus, Ohio
Agenda with links to presentations
WebEx recording
     
  • CP Initial Training
Feb 3, 2015
@ 9:00am Columbus, Ohio
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Laboratory Training for VAP Certified Professionals
Jan 29, 2015
@ 9:00am Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
Agenda with links to presentations and full WebEx recording
     
  • CP Initial Training
Jan 16, 2015
@ 9:00am Columbus, Ohio
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Advanced Tools for In-Situ Remediation Workshop
December 2, 2014
Columbus, Ohio
@ Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
coming soon
     
  • VAP 2014 Fall CP Coffee
October 7, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
Agenda with links to presentations
WebEx Recording
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
    (Canton Workshop) (Not eligible for PDHUs)
October 2, 2014
Canton, OH
@ the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Presentations
     
  • CP Initial Training
September 29, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ Department of Administrative Services on Surface Road
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Ground Water Sampling Training for CPs
Sept. 17, 24, 25, and 30, 2014
Westerville, OH
@ Otterbein University
coming soon
     
  • Local, State, and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
September 11, 2014
Middletown, OH
Presentations
     
  • CP Initial Training
August 25, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ ODOT's Central Office
Proceeding Documents
     
  • CP Initial Training
July 28, 2014
Columbus, OH
@ ODOT's Central Office
Proceeding Documents
     
  • Local, State and Federal Resources to Redevelop Blighted Properties
June 19, 2014
Sandusky, Ohio
Presentations
     

Visit our Outreach & Training page for more proceedings from past training events

What We Do

The Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization (DERR) handles the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites, including RCRA corrective action and closure, VAP, federal facilities, Superfund and remedial response. DERR provides emergency response and oversight of environmental emergencies, spills, incidents and releases, as well as emergency preparedness assistance. DERR also provides assistance and guidance to communities and private entities interested in assessment, clean up and reuse of brownfield sites.

 


Mission Statement

The Division of Environmental Response and Revitalization protects human health and improves the quality of the environment for present and future generations through the prevention, identification, investigation, regulation and remediation of chemical and petroleum hazards in all environmental media.


Long-Term Goals

  • Determine that sites are safe for their intended use.
  • Effectively and efficiently respond to the sudden releases of contaminants that may negatively impact Ohio's environment.
  • Achieve integration of DERR's cleanup programs with voluntary, involuntary and sudden release approaches.
  • Define and identify Ohio's contaminated sites that DERR will address.
  • Secure adequate infrastructure to effectively and efficiently administer Ohio's cleanup program. (Assumes response is a part of the integrated cleanup program.)
  • Administer an effective and efficient prevention program that results in fewer releases to Ohio's environment.

Division Programs

Contacts

Administration Section

     
Whitehouse, Peter Chief (614) 644-2896
Sferra, Jim Assistant Chief (614) 644-2824
Edwards, Angela
Records Manager
(614) 728-1298
Robertson, Frank Manager, Information Technology (614) 644-2306
Zwissler, Lisa Executive Secretary (614) 644-2068
     

Assessment, Remediation and Corrective Action (ARCA) Section




Rickrich, Mark Assessment, Remediation, and Corrective Action (ARCA) Section Manager
(614) 644-2305
Osborne, Chris Site Investigation Field Unit Supervisor (614) 836-8756
Armstrong, Gavin Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8762
Batin, Bill Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8754
Herlocher, Kurtis Enforcement Coordination
(614) 728-1310
Jones, Kelvin Site Investigation Field Support (614) 836-8758
Link, Ed Site Investigation Field Support (614) 836-8760
Martin, Jeff Remedial Response Technical Support
(614) 644-2294
Patchen, Emily Compliance / Enforcement
(614) 728-5441
Reinbold, Karl Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8755
Sigler, Tori Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8757
Tucker, Brian Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) (614) 644-3120
Vorwerk, Wendy Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8759
Wander, Jeff Site Investigation Field Staff (614) 836-8753
Zedella, Leah Enforcement Coordination
 (614) 902-4231
     

Emergency Response Section




Mehl, Jim ER Program Manager (614) 644-2080
Billman, Jodi ER Supervisor (614) 836-8761
Clayton, Zack Radiological (614) 644-3066
Holmes, Chris Duty Officer/OSC (614) 644-2078
Knerr, Rikki 
On-scene Coordinator/Site Coordinator (614) 728-3825
Lauck, Greg Duty Officer (614) 644-3199
Olemacher, Randy
Sampling and Field Support
(614) 836-8767
Stanwick, Cindy Cost Recovery and Records
(614) 644-2084
Taylor, Todd Duty Officer (614) 644-3198
     

Engineering and Risk Assessment




Allen, Michael Risk Assessment Supervisor (614) 644-2322
Beal, Sarah Risk Assessment (614) 644-2972
Busalacchi, Dawn Risk Assessment (614) 644-3537
Christman, Tim ARARs, Engineering (614) 644-2297
Hagen, Erik Environmental Specialist (614) 644-3173
LeGalley, Erin
Risk Assessment
(614) 644-3070
Rasik, Carrie Risk Assessment (614) 644-2324
Rush, Audrey Risk Assessment (614) 644-2286
Shook, Lisa Risk Assessment (614) 644-2295
Vogel, Don Environmental Specialist (614) 644-4826
     

Fiscal Section




Snyder, Steven Fiscal Manager, Grants and Contracts
(614) 644-2076
McCloskey, Terri Fiscal Officer (614) 644-2275
Andrews, Tonya   (614) 728-0801
Charles, Erin
Front Desk Receptionist
(614) 644-2924
Marshall, Susie Account Clerk (614) 644-2342
Stanwick, Cindy
ER Data Coordinator
(614) 644-2084
     

Site Assistance and Brownfield Revitalization Section (SABR)




Yersavich, Amy SABR Manager - Brownfield Grant, Ohio Brownfield Conference (614) 644-2285
Buchan, T.J. DERR Webmaster (614) 644-2079
Courtright, Katie Environmental Spec. 2
(614) 644-2938
Oravec, Megan Training Coordinator, TBAs
(614) 728-1749
Pallos, Ildi CP Initial Training, CP Professional Development Hour Unit (PDHU) Approvals, Fact Sheets and Publications Newsletters, and Brownfield Financial Incentives (Federal & State) (614) 644-2086
Shoemaker, Kevin CP & CL Certifications (614) 644-2316
Stanley, Darlene Voluntary Action Program (VAP) Laboratory Certification (614) 644-3748
     

Voluntary Action Program / Federal Facilities Section




Smith, Martin VAP/FF Manager
(614) 644-4829
Kaletsky, Kelly VAP/FF Supervisor (614) 644-2304
Burke, Justin Federal Facilities (614) 644-2902
Poole, Sydney Voluntary Action Program (614) 644-3751
Tjoelker, Dan VAP Audit Coordinator
(614) 644-3750