Emergency Response Program

Minimizes the impact of spills and releases to the environment and ensures proper cleanup.

Emergency Response is available to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with on-scene coordinators (OSCs) available to help first responders address environmental emergencies and pollution incidents, including chemical and petroleum spills. Statewide, Ohio EPA records more than 5,000 incident reports annually through calls to our emergency response spill hotline from citizens, companies, law enforcement, emergency responders and other agencies.



Report spills and environmental emergencies to Ohio EPA 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. Report non-emergency complaints to the appropriate district office.

Reporting Environmental Violations and Concerns

Please help protect Ohio’s environment by identifying and reporting environmental concerns and violations. If you are witnessing a significant release or an environmental emergency that is ongoing, please call Ohio EPA's 24-hour emergency hotline 1-800-282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. To report a suspected non-emergency, environmental violation or concern, contact the appropriate Ohio EPA district office during normal business hours (M-F between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Once a complaint is filed, Ohio EPA will further investigate your concerns.


  Toll-free in Ohio
Outside of Ohio
Counties Served
Central District Office
(614) 728-3778
Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union.
Northeast District Office 1-800-686-6330  (330) 963-1200
Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Holmes, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne.
Northwest District Office
(419) 352-8461
Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Marion, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.
Southeast District Office
(740) 385-8501
Adams, Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington.
Southwest District Office 1-800-686-8930
(937) 285-6357
Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren.

What actions may be considered environmental violations?

  • Illegal disposal and abandonment of waste (solid waste, hazardous waste, tires and construction and  demolition debris).
  • Dumping or discharging industrial or agricultural waste into rivers, lakes ditches, storm sewers or to wastewater treatment plants.
  • Malfunctioning wastewater treatment plants.
  • Smoke or heavy dust emissions from industrial facilities.
  • Drinking water with unusual tastes, odors or loss of water pressure.
  • Burning of trash, garbage, oily wastes, tires and other materials.
  • Destruction, draining and/or filling of wetlands.
  • Demolition projects in buildings containing asbestos.
  • Falsification of environmental documents such as manifests, sampling results, and discharge reports.
  • False statements made to regulatory personnel.

Are you witnessing an environmental emergency?

An environmental emergency is an immediate and significant threat to public health and/or the environment due to the release of materials to the environment. While an emergency can also constitute a violation, an emergency should be reported immediately to Ohio EPA’s 24-hour spill hotline at 1-800-282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. Examples of emergencies to be reported by calling 1-800-282-9378 include:

  • Petroleum spills;
  • Chemical spill;
  • Fires involving chemicals and/or petroleum;
  • Accidents causing the release of pollutants to Ohio’s waterways. Industrial chemicals when not properly managed can cause environmental problems; in addition, spills of materials that seem harmless can cause environmental harm if not properly addressed.  For example, large spills of milk and molasses have all caused fish kills in Ohio streams.

Does Ohio EPA handle all environmental concerns?

Can I remain anonymous?

You do not have to provide any personal information in order for Ohio EPA to review your complaint. However, by providing your name and contact information, Ohio EPA will be able to contact you to clarify information or gather additional information from you to help investigate your concerns.  All the information submitted, including your contact information may be considered public information and may be released upon request.

Disclaimer:  Information provided in a complaint may be used by Ohio EPA to investigate and potentially seek penalties for violations of law.  Therefore, the information provided must be true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. Ohio EPA will use the information you provide to determine whether an investigation is warranted.


24-Hour Emergency Spill Hotline

Report spills and
environmental emergencies

(800) 282-9378

or (614) 224-0946

Duty Office

Non-Emergency Number for ER Program

(614) 644-3194
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