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. 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.



11/6/17
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Dina Pierce
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Taking Comments on Amended Wastewater Permit-to-Install Program

Public Meeting Nov. 20 in Columbus

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, regarding rule changes related to requirements for wastewater permits-to-install.

The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ohio EPA’s Central Office in the Lazarus Government Center, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 700, Columbus. Ohio EPA will accept comments about the proposed rules. Please register to present testimony by calling (614) 644-2160. Visitors to the building must present a photo ID.

The notable changes would include a new option for Ohio EPA to consider approving holding tanks in extreme situations where no other feasible alternatives are available, as well as updating permit-to-install and plan approval exemptions.

After considering public comments, 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 Surface Water, Attention: Emily DeLay, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049, or by emailing dsw_rulecomments@epa.ohio.gov. The public comment period ends close of business on Nov. 20. 

For more information on the proposed rules update, visit the Division of Surface Water webpage. Please see the information under the “proposed rules” tab. A fact sheet about the proposed rules also is available.

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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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