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Environmental Background Investigation Unit

The Environmental Background Investigation Unit (EBIU) was created in 1988 as a result of the Ohio General Assembly’s codification of Ohio Revised Code Sections 3734.41—3734.47.  The law authorizes EBIU to conduct background investigations of persons who own or operate solid, infectious or hazardous waste facilities in Ohio.  EBIU's reports assist the Ohio EPA in ensuring that waste industries are operated by reliable and competent persons and corporations.

Background investigations are required when a person or entity seeks a permit or license to operate a solid, infectious or hazardous waste facility, or a new key employee is hired.  After that, due to a recent change in the law, full investigations are renewed every three years.  In addition, annually, criminal records of the key employees are checked.

Online Quinquennial Fee Payment

Download forms needed for all EBIU filings

View Background Investigation Rules for Waste Treatment & Disposal facilities

You can contact the Environmental Background Investigation Unit at 614-466-3843 or 800-348-3248.