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.

CITIZEN CONTACT: Kristopher Weiss

Ohio EPA Proposes Construction Storm Water General Permit Renewal

Public Hearing Scheduled March 28

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, to accept public comments about renewing the general permit for storm water discharges from construction sites in Ohio.

The public hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. in Conference Room A at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 West Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. All visitors should bring photo identification to register at the security desk.

The construction storm water general permit covers construction sites in Ohio that disturb one or more acres. The permit identifies how to obtain coverage, requires permittees to implement a storm water pollution prevention plan to minimize or eliminate the potential for contamination of storm water discharging to Ohio’s streams and lakes.

Currently, three construction general permits are available in Ohio, including separate permits with special conditions for projects in the Big Darby Creek and portions of the Olentangy River watersheds. Ohio EPA is proposing to incorporate the Big Darby and Olentangy permits as separate sections of the statewide permit.

Other noteworthy changes proposed in the renewal include a requirement to submit applications and storm water pollution prevention plans electronically using Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center and changes to post-construction requirements in order to improve capture of runoff and remove 80 percent of total suspended solids.

During the hearing, the public can submit verbal or written comments on the proposed general permit. Ohio EPA also will accept written comments through April 4. Anyone may submit written comments by writing to: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Attention: Division of Surface Water Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049; or emailing Include the permit number (OHC000005) on the envelope or email subject line.

The permit renewal and a fact sheet are available online or at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, Division of Surface Water, 50 West Town St. Suite 700, Columbus, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.


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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