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



2/2/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Lindey Amer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Holds Feb. 10 Hearing to Discuss Proposed Changes to Air Pollution Rules

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, regarding rule changes related to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) which are small airborne particles. The rule update only applies to fine airborne particles in areas that do not already meet the PM 2.5 standard.

The hearing will be held Friday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in the Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. 

The proposed rule change would allow the state to opt out of certain federal requirements because levels are not found in Ohio to a degree that would require regulation. Ohio EPA is proposing to formalize this finding in Ohio’s air pollution rules.

After considering comments from the public hearing, Ohio EPA will make necessary changes and follow the process to finalize the rule changes. 

Comments on the rules may be presented at the hearing, or submitted in writing to Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control, Attention: Jennifer Van Vlerah, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or email jennifer.vanvlerah@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends by close of business Feb. 10. 

For more information on the proposed rules, visit www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/DAPCrules.aspx. Please see the information under the “proposed rules” tab. For more information on the PM 2.5 standard, visit http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dapc/SIP/2013.aspx.

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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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