As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946. This number should only be used for emergencies. For all other calls, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding. If you wish to send hard copies of documents to any of Ohio EPA’s district offices, the best method to ensure we receive these documents is to send them via U.S. Mail. Since all offices are closed, deliveries outside of U.S. Mail (FedEx, UPS) will likely be returned because the offices are closed and deliveries cannot be made.

MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Lauer

Grants Available for Diesel Emission Reductions

Information Session Set for Sept. 7, 2016

Ohio EPA invites owners of heavy duty diesel vehicle fleets in eligible Ohio counties to apply for Diesel Emission Reduction Grants (DERG) to help reduce emissions. Projects funded by the grants will help improve air quality through vehicle replacement, repowering engines, retrofitting emission controls or installing anti-idle equipment.

Ohio has up to $12 million to distribute this cycle, with $4 million of that allocated to public transit projects, in keeping with statewide needs identified by the Ohio Department of Transportation, and $4 million to school bus projects, in keeping with Ohio EPA’s concern with protecting children, who are among those most vulnerable to the pollutants in diesel exhaust. Grants of between $50,000 and $1 million will be awarded. Funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program in Ohio. Applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 7, 2016, and must demonstrate fleet eligibility, how the proposed project conforms to federal guidelines, and how the applicant will meet the required match of at least 20 percent of the project cost. Private sector diesel fleets may apply through a public sector sponsor (forming a Public Private Partnership).

An information session for interested applicants will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at the Ohio Department of Transportation headquarters, 1980 W. Broad St., Columbus.

In addition, two conference calls are being offered on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 to answer applicants’ questions. Frequently asked questions and answers from these sessions will be posted on the program website. To receive email updates about the DERG program, send contact information to

Beginning this cycle, all applications must be submitted online. Applicants with more than one type of project should submit separate applications. No applicant will be awarded more than $1 million.


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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