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Manual for Abandoned Underground Mine Inventory and Risk Assessment
Appendix D: Contacts


Office of Geotechnical Engineering

Office of Geotechnical Engineering
1600 West Broad Street, Room 2033
Columbus, Ohio 43223

L. Rick Ruegsegger, PE
Special Project Coordinator
FAX: 614-275-1354

Office of Geological Survey (DGS)

Div. of Geological Survey
4383 Fountain Sq. Drive Bldg. B-2
Columbus, Ohio 43224

Doug Crowell - Supervisor, Coal Group
TEL: 614-265-6594
Larry Wickstrom
FAX: 614-447-1918

Division of Mining and Reclamation (DMR)

Div. of Mining and Reclamation
1855 Fountain Sq. Bldg. H-3
Columbus, Ohio 43224

Harry Payne, Liaison to ODOT 614-265-1067
John Husted, Emergency Coordinator 614-265-7072
FAX: 614-447-1918


The following individuals have been designated by the OEPA as District Office contact persons available for advising ODOT on all areas of environmental compliance about which ODOT must be concerned for individual mine remediation projects. The coordinating District engineer should contact the appropriate OEPA District contact person for each proposed mine remediation project. Please consult the provided state map indicating the geographic area of each OEPA district office. If remote placement of backfill materials in subsurface voids is the chosen form of remediation, the coordinating District engineer should also contact the OEPA, Underground Injecting Control (UIC) unit for permitting requirements.

(Note: In addition to these requirements, the coordinating engineer should also process all projects through the District Environmental Coordinator for clearance through the Department's environmental process as documented in ODOT's Transportation Development Process (and implementing manuals))

OEPA District Office Contact Persons:

Central District Office (CDO)
Rod Mehlhop
Assistant District Chief
3232 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 728-3778
Fax: (614) 728-3898
Southeast District Office (SEDO)
Steve Skinner
Assistant District Chief
2195 Front Street
Logan, Ohio 43138
(740) 385-8501
Fax: (740) 385-6490
Northeast District Office (NEDO)
Robert Wysenski
Assistant District Chief
2110 East Aurora  Rd.
Twinsburg Ohio 44087
(330) 425-9171
Fax: (330) 487-0769
Southwest District Office (SWDO)
Jeff Hines
Assistant District Chief
401 East Fifth Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1911
(937) 285-6357
Fax: (937) 285-6249
Northwest District Office (NWDO)
Jeff Steers
Assistant District Chief
347 Dunbridge Rd.
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
(419) 352-8461
Fax: (419) 352-8468

OPEA Districts

map of Ohio showing the counties in each OPEA districts

Division of Drinking and Ground Water

OEPA, Central Office
Div. of Drinking and Ground Water
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049

Thomas Allen - 614-644-2752 Assistant Chief
Mary Lou Rochette - 614-644-2752 Underground Injection Control (UIC) Supervisor
Valerie Orr - 614-644-2752 UIC Unit - Class V Geologist
FAX: 614-644-2909

Ohio Mine Subsidence Insurance Underwriting Association

6230 Busch Blvd., Suite 303
Columbus, Ohio 43229

T.A. Brininger - 614-436-4530
FAX: 614-644-2909


Federal Highway Administration
Columbus Office

Federal Highway Administration
200 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Thomas Lefchik, P.E.
Asst. Bridge Engineer 614-280-6845
FAX: 614-280-6876

U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Surface Mining
Columbus Office

U.S. Department of Interior
Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement
4480 Refugee Road
Columbus, Ohio 43232

Daniel Schrum 614-866-0578
Steve Koratich 614-866-0578
FAX: 614-469-2506

U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division

U.S. Geological Survey
Water Resources Division
975 W. Third Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212

Steven Hindall, District Chief 614-469-5553, Ext. 112
FAX: 614-469-5626

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