9/23/14
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Ohio EPA Hosts Conference to Help Businesses

Nearly 400 people from all over Ohio are in Columbus September 23-24 to learn more about how Ohio EPA can help their business thrive in our state while protecting the environment. Ohio EPA’s eighth Compliance Assistance Conference aims to give regulated facilities and consultants the tools they need to improve environmental compliance and performance as they do business.

“Environmental regulations can be extremely complicated. It is an Agency priority to reach out and help people understand requirements, guide them through our processes and show them how they can be better environmental stewards,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.

A team comprised of members from Ohio EPA’s environmental programs organizes the conference. Ohio EPA staff and industry experts provide conference sessions. Ohio EPA staff is available throughout the conference to answer questions and offer useful information on how to comply with Ohio’s environmental requirements.

A large part of the conference remains targeted to businesses and others who need to know the basics about environmental compliance. However, the conference agenda includes some advanced topics such as Title V air permits and spill prevention reporting.

Businesses and organizations that complete environmentally beneficial activities can apply for recognition through Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program. Six silver-level award winners and the State’s first gold-level winner will be recognized during the conference.

For more information about environmental compliance, visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/complianceasistanceandpollutionprevention.aspx or call (800) 329-7518 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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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. 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.


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