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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.


Ohio EPA Taking Comments on Revisions to Ohio’s Lead and Copper Rules

Ohio EPA is taking public comments at a hearing on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, concerning proposed changes to lead and copper rules for public water systems. These changes incorporate a new law that ensures homeowners get the timely public notice they deserve whenever high levels of lead are found in drinking water.

“These comprehensive and strong new rules show that Ohio is leading the country in establishing tough new guidelines on lead in drinking water,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. “These rules are designed to ensure the public is very quickly informed if there are problems and public health is protected.” 

Revisions to draft rules were made after receiving input in 2017 from public water system operators and other interested parties. Proposed changes and additions address public notifications, filter requirements and analytical requirements for laboratories.

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

Written and verbal comments on the rules may be presented at the hearing. Written comments also may be emailed to or mailed to Colin White, Ohio EPA, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Lazarus Government Center, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049. All comments must be received by close of business on March 6. Individuals offering comments at the hearing are required to bring photo ID and register at the security desk. The proposed rules and associated documents are available on Ohio EPA’s website under the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters “Proposed Rules” tab,


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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