Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance

Focused on better meeting the needs of our customers

We can help you:

  • understand and comply with environmental regulations
  • assess your operations to reduce waste and save energy
  • develop and finance recycling and litter prevention programs
  • finance water quality improvement projects

Recent Posts

  • Ohio EPA Improves Free Online Help for Small Businesses with Permit Wizard Posted last week
    Small businesses in Ohio can now access an updated online tool to help identify if they need environmental permits, licenses or registrations. The Agency’s improved and updated Permit Wizard can help new businesses get started on the right track with proper permits; existing businesses also may use the Permit Wizard anonymously as a way to check on whether they still have the right permits for their operations.
  • The Resource Newsletter - Fall 2015 Posted last week
    See what's new!
  • Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization (SABR) Newsletter Posted last week
    Site Assistance & Brownfield Revitalization (SABR) Newsletter November 2015 Issue
  • Learn the Lingo Posted last week
    Do environmental terms sometimes sound like a foreign language to you? If so, you’re not alone. Many businesses and communities have difficulty keeping up with the latest environmental lingo. This feature will cover some common environmental terms you may encounter.
  • Funding Opportunities  Posted last week
    Drinking water project nominations and Ohio EPA Recycling Grants
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Read details about the new merger in this letter from Director Butler.

Enhancing Service to Businesses and Communities
Learn more about the merger of Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and our Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA).

  • Connecting Ohio's communities and businesses to technical and financial resources.
  • Administering our State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan programs to help communities construct and maintain wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. Over our 25 year history, Ohio EPA’s SRF programs have facilitated loans totaling more than $7.2 billion for construction and improvements to public wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. The new division will administer both the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA) programs.
  • Providing technical assistance to help small community wastewater treatment plants improve operations and efficiency.
  • Helping thousands of small businesses annually comply with environmental regulations through on-site assistance, help completing forms, training events, plain-English publications and other services.
  • Helping entities identify and implement pollution prevention (P2) measures that save them money, increase performance and benefit the environment.
  • Providing funding for recycling, litter cleanup and scrap tire management activities, and identify market development opportunities to support Ohio’s efforts to recycle materials such as glass, plastics, rubber and construction and demolition debris.
  • Recognizing the outstanding efforts of businesses, communities and other entities making a commitment to environmental stewardship through our Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program.


Go to Ohio EPA's Training Catalog to search and view recorded versions of previous training events, copies of slides and handouts.

Click HERE for Municipal Storm Water training resources.

If you missed DEFA's Webinar - Ohio EPA’s Permit Wizard Online Guide, October 21, 2015.  Click here to view recordings or slides.

If you missed DEFA's Webinar - Encouraging Environmental Excellence: How to Gain Recognition for Your Organization’s Environmental Stewardship Efforts, August 5, 2015.  Click here to view recordings or slides.



Upcoming Events

Compliance Assistance Hotline: (800) 329-7518
Funding: (614) 644-2798 ~ Fax: (614) 644-3687

Compliance: (614) 644-3469 ~ Fax: (614) 644-2807

Loans: Contact Us
Recycling and Litter Prevention: Contact Us
Compliance: Contact Us

Physical address:
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Mailing address:
Lazarus Government Center
50 W. Town St., Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 

Stevenson, Laurie
Chief (614) 644-2798
Sowry, Dan
Acting Assistant Chief, Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention
(614) 728-8575
Rouch, Jerry
Assistant Chief,
Office of Financial Assistance
(614) 644-3660
Alauddin, Alauddin
Assistant Chief,
Office of Outreach and Customer Support
(614) 644-2798