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 firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, 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.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946



PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER: (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Fee Oros
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Accepting Applications for Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

Ohio EPA is requesting applications through March 30 for funding from a new Diesel Emission Reduction Grant (DERG) program. Grants are intended to reduce Ohioans’ exposure to diesel exhaust emissions and to help improve air quality in counties and areas of the state that are not currently meeting national standards.

The Agency expects to award up to $10 million in May and another $10 million this fall for clean diesel projects. Both public sector and private sector fleets are encouraged to apply. Private sector fleets must apply through a public sector partner. Eligible projects include: Replacement of diesel vehicles or equipment with new vehicles or equipment that meet higher emission standards; Removing the diesel engine from a piece of equipment and replacing it with a new, rebuilt or remanufactured engine that meets higher emission standards; Adding verified emission reduction technologies such as diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters to existing vehicles and equipment; and Adding verified anti-idle technologies such as auxiliary power units and direct-fired heaters to existing diesel vehicles and equipment.

Selected projects will receive reimbursement of up to 80 percent of their allowable costs, and must provide a non-federal funding match of at least 20 percent. Eligible vehicles and equipment must operate at least 65 percent of the time in the eligible counties.

The Request for proposals and grant application materials are posted at www.epa.ohio.gov/oeef/derg.aspx. Applications are due at 5 p.m. on March 30, 2012. Prospective applicants may talk with program staff members or submit questions to derg@epa.state.oh.us. Ohio EPA will also schedule conference calls on March 8 and March 14 to take questions from prospective applicants and vendors.

Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Transportation are working in partnership to distribute these Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds awarded to Ohio by the Federal Highway Administration.

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