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. 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

MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce or Anthony Chenault

Ohio EPA Seeking Public Comments on Refinery’s Injection Wells

Public Meeting Scheduled Sept. 6 in Lima

Ohio EPA will hold a public information session and hearing on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, to accept public comments about draft permits which, if approved, would allow Lima Refining Co. to begin using three new Class 1 non-hazardous wastewater injection wells on the refinery property in Lima.

The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, Lima Municipal Center, 50 Town Square.

During the information session, Ohio EPA representatives will present details about the draft permits and answer questions. During the hearing, which will immediately follow the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the permits.

If approved, the permits only would allow the company, located at 1150 South Metcalf St., Lima, to inject non-hazardous wastewater into three injection wells. The wastewater would consist of clarifier overflow water and wastewater from the reverse osmosis treatment system.

Copies of the draft permits and related documents may be viewed at the Lima Public Library, 650 W. Market St., Lima; at Ohio EPA’s Central Office, 50 W. Town St., Columbus, for an appointment, call (614) 644-2752; or at Ohio EPA’s Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, for an appointment, call (419) 352-8461.

Written comments on the draft permits will be accepted at the hearing or may be emailed to Jess Stottsberry at, or mailed to Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Attn: Jess Stottsberry, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049. Comments will be accepted until Sept. 14.


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.