October 8, 2015 Ohio EPA Seeks Public Comments on Proposed ‘HABs Reporting Rules’ for Public Water Systems and Laboratory Certifications
Requesting feedback from interested parties, Ohio EPA has opened an initial comment period related to the Agency’s new draft rules for public drinking water systems (and laboratories) as it relates to the reporting and monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). Confirmed reports of these blue green HABs growing in Ohio’s lakes, reservoirs, and rivers were common this summer.
October 6, 2015 Ohio EPA Accepting Proposals for Recycling Grants; Schedules Information Session and Webinar
Ohio EPA is accepting applications for several types of recycling grants and will host an informational meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2015, to explain them and discuss who is eligible for the 2016 grant application process.
October 1, 2015 Grants available for Diesel Emission Reductions
Ohio EPA today released new guidelines for the latest round of Diesel Emission Reduction Grants (DERG) that will help improve air quality through vehicle replacement, repowering engines, retrofitting emission controls or installing anti-idle equipment.
September 24, 2015 Ohio EPA Selects Environmental Scholarship Winners; Next Application Deadline is October 15, 2015
Thirteen environmental science and engineering students have been awarded scholarships to study at Ohio colleges and universities through Ohio EPA’s Environmental Education Fund.
September 18, 2015 Ohio EPA Improves Free Help for Small Businesses
Small businesses in Ohio have access to a new tool from Ohio EPA that can help identify whether environmental permits, licenses or registrations are needed. The Agency’s improved and updated Permit Wizard is now available to 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.
September 1, 2015 Ohio EPA Considers Allowing General Permits for Compressor Stations; Opens Pre-Comment Period for Interested Parties
Requesting feedback from interested parties, Ohio EPA today announced a “pre-comment period” related to the Agency’s drafts of general permits for oil and natural gas mid-stream compressor stations. Currently, air emissions at these facilities are subject to more lengthy case-by-case permits. By contrast, applications for general permits follow a template and can be issued for common pieces of equipment that (as a result of specific engineering and conditions) have more predictable emissions characteristics.
August 24, 2015 Ohio EPA Announces New Senior Staff Appointments to Focus on Lake Erie
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is building a team of staff to focus solely on improving Lake Erie’s water quality.
August 14, 2015 Ohio EPA Offers Millions for Water Pollution Control Projects
Ohio EPA is accepting nominations from communities for water quality improvement projects seeking financial assistance from the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) for 2016.
July 30, 2015 Ohio EPA Retools Environmental Excellence Awards
Ohio EPA has updated its Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Program to encourage more applicants, clarify and simplify the application instructions and expand the pool of eligible applicants to include communities, venues and retail establishments.
July 24, 2015 Ohio EPA Holds Hearing About Ohio’s Regional Haze Plan
Ohio EPA is accepting comments on a proposed change to its implementation plan dealing with regional haze.
July 16, 2015 Ohio EPA Outlines Public Notification Guidelines for Algal Bloom-affected Drinking Waters
A new multi-tiered advisory system to notify the public if microcystin, and other compounds produced by blue-green algae, is detected in treated drinking water at local public water systems throughout the state has been developed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) as part of its annual review.
June 29, 2015 Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest
Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on camera can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s (OLEC) 2015 Life on Lake Erie photo contest.
June 16, 2015 Grants to Focus on Reducing Nutrients In Lake Erie
Improving water quality in Ohio’s lakes and streams – especially those susceptible to blue-green algae – is a focus of this year’s federal grants for water quality improvement. Innovative and/or highly effective projects within the Lake Erie Watershed will receive strong consideration for part of the approximately $2 million funding available through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
May 28, 2015 Ohio EPA Announces 2015 State Science Day Governor's Awards for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research
Ohio EPA announced this week the Governor's Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research winners. These 24 students were selected at State Science Day at the Ohio State University on Saturday May 16.
May 22, 2015 Ohio EPA Awards Community Grants for Recycling and Litter Prevention
Ohio EPA is awarding nearly $1.46 million in grant funding to help 39 local governments strengthen local recycling and litter prevention efforts.