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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

MEDIA CONTACT: Anthony Chenault
CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA Meeting Set for Oxford Mining Company – APV Mining Area 

Information Session and Hearing Scheduled Oct. 2, 2018

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing to take comments on a draft wastewater discharge permit that would allow Oxford Mining APV Area to construct wastewater collection, treatment and disposal units serving the mining complex.

An information session will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at the New Lexington High School Cafetorium, 2547 Panther Dr., New Lexington, immediately followed by a hearing to accept public comments on the draft permit.

Oxford Mining APV is proposing to discharge into a tributary of Rush Creek, which flows into the Hocking River. Oxford also would have additional discharges going to Buckeye Fork and ultimately Moxahala Creek. This project could contribute to improving water quality in the receiving streams and would restore the mined area to original contours.

Ohio EPA will accept written comments on the draft permit through Oct. 9, 2018. Anyone may submit comments or request to be on the mailing list for information. More information on the draft permit can be found at To comment or receive information on the draft permit, write to: Ohio EPA-DSW, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049 or email


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.