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. 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

Pesticide Application Discharges - General Permit

Ohio EPA has issued a final general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit that may potentially provide coverage for the application of a pesticide to target a pest that is present in, over or near waters of the U.S. in the State of Ohio.

This permit is mandated by federal court decisions. Pesticide application must have an NPDES permit beginning April 9, 2011, if they occur “in, over or near” surface waters. This includes applications to ditch banks and aerial spraying and fogging. The permit covers the same four pesticide use categories that the federal program covers: Mosquito and Other Aquatic Nuisance Insect Control, Aquatic Weed and Algae Control, Area-Wide Pest Control, and Aquatic Nuisance Animal Control.

Effective Date: January 1, 2017
Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

Compliance Documents