Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)
Department of Agriculture
So where does the public go to gather information about environmental issues?
Environmental regulation in Ohio is divided among several agencies. Due to the complex nature of environmental issues, however, some overlap occurs within the various agencies. The final agency listed below, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will be the likely contact for most environmental issues. Formal points of contact for the agencies are listed in the Appendix, within the
Ohio Department of Commerce (ODC)
- The Pesticide
Section regulates plant pesticides and investigates their misuse.
Empty pesticide containers and unused pesticides can be recycled
through the division's Pesticide Container Recycling Program.
View cached Adobe PDF of the web site at the time of publication: Ohio Department of Agriculture
Ohio Department of Health (ODH)
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA)
- As an ODC
agency, the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation
(BUSTR) regulates Ohio's underground storage tank program
- BUSTR is
charged with the prevention and detection of petroleum
releases from USTs (Underground Storage Tanks) and the
oversight of their cleanup.
View cached Adobe PDF of the web site at the time of publication: Ohio Department of Commerce - BUSTR
To protect human health and the
environment through responsible regulation supported by sound
science, quality service, and comprehensive environmental
View cached Adobe PDF of the web site at the time of publication: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
- The functions
and responsibilities of the Ohio EPA district offices are:
- To investigate
- To inspect air,
hazardous waste, solid waste, drinking water and water pollution
environmental violations and prepare recommendations for
- Oversee the
cleanup of abandoned hazardous waste sites.
- To assess air and water quality conditions.
- Contact with the public is one of the
main responsibilities of the district offices.
- Ohio EPA's Public Interest Center (PIC),
Public Involvement Section sets up, moderates and prepares
technical staff for public information sessions; coordinates
public hearings; conducts community relations at DERR (Emergency
and Remedial Response) sites; responds to inquiries from the
general public; and solicits public input on various program
- Procedures for Public Records Requests
and File Reviews at Ohio EPA:
View cached Adobe PDF of the web site at the time of publication: Procedures for Public Records Requests
- Both US EPA and Ohio EPA promote public
participation and education via excellent printed material and a series of informative Internet sites. The locations for contact are listed in the
Central District Office in Columbus
District Office in Bowling Green
Northeast District Office in Twinsburg
Southwest District Office in Dayton
Southeast District Office in Logan
- Ohio is served by five Ohio EPA district offices:
While the divisions' responsibilities
include diverse technical and engineering services, only those
most likely to assist the public are included here
- THERE ARE SIX DIVISIONS WITHIN EACH OHIO EPA DISTRICT
- 1. Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC)
- The DAPC, along with nine delegated local air agencies, is charged with attaining and maintaining ambient air quality throughout the state at a level which protects Ohio citizens' health and welfare.
To that end, the DAPC agencies'
- Ensuring that federal clean air standards are
met throughout Ohio.
- Investigating air pollution complaints.
- Monitoring air quality by sampling.
- Inspecting and monitoring stationary air permit holders.
- 2. Division of Surface Water
- The division works to meet the objectives of the Federal Clean Water Act by making all of Ohio's waterways fishable and swimmable. Therefore, it focuses on sources of pollution that ultimately enter Ohio's waterways.
- Runoff waters from the broad landscape
- Treated Wastewater
- Storm Water
- 3. Division of Drinking and Ground Waters
- Implements the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
and its amendments, assuring Ohio citizens an adequate supply of safe
- Drinking Water Section
- Regulating public water systems
- Investigating citizen complaints
- Ground Water Section
- Water sampling and monitoring
- Investigates complaints about ground
- 4. Division of Solid and Infectious Waste
- Administers Ohio's programs for the
disposal of solid and infectious wastes.
- Inspects existing and closed solid waste landfills
- Inspects solid waste incinerators, transfer
facilities, composting facilities, waste tire facilities,
construction/demolition disposal sites
- Inspects infectious waste treatment facilities,
generators and transporters
- Investigates complaints of illegal
- 5. Division of Hazardous Waste Management
- Monitors hazardous waste in all
situations from its creation to its final disposal:
production, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal.
- Inspections of hazardous waste generators,
- Investigates complaints of improperly
managed waste sites
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- 6. Division of Emergency and Remedial Response
- Remedial Response Program
- Oversees the investigation and cleanup work
at sites contaminated with hazardous wastes that pose a potential
threat to human health or the environment.
- Works with the U.S. EPA to oversee the
investigation cleanup of Ohio's federal Superfund sites.
- Conducts investigations of alleged criminal violations of state environmental laws and regulations.
- Emergency Response and Special Investigation
- Oversees cleanups of spills or
releases to the environment at and facilities,
transportation accidents, etc.
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