130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 490  As Introduced
As Introduced

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
H. B. No. 490


Representatives Hall, Thompson 



A BILL
To amend sections 901.22, 903.01, 903.03, 903.07, 903.082, 903.09, 903.10, 903.11, 903.12, 903.13, 903.16, 903.17, 903.25, 941.14, 953.22, 1501.01, 1501.011, 1509.01, 1509.02, 1509.04, 1509.05, 1509.06, 1509.08, 1509.11, 1509.222, 1509.223, 1509.23, 1509.27, 1509.33, 1509.99, 1511.01, 1511.02, 1511.021, 1511.022, 1511.05, 1511.07, 1511.99, 1515.01, 1515.02, 1515.08, 1533.081, 3704.05, 3734.02, 3734.029, 3745.70, 3750.13, 3750.14, 6109.10, 6111.03, 6111.04, 6111.44, and 6111.99; to amend, for the purpose of adopting new section numbers as indicated in parentheses, sections 1509.061 (1509.091) and 1511.022 (939.04); to enact sections 939.01, 939.02, 939.03, 939.05, 939.06, 939.07, 939.08, 939.09, 939.10, 939.11, 1509.051, 1511.023, and 1511.09; and to repeal sections 903.04, 1511.071, and 3750.081 of the Revised Code to revise certain laws governing agriculture, natural resources, and environmental protection.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. That sections 901.22, 903.01, 903.03, 903.07, 903.082, 903.09, 903.10, 903.11, 903.12, 903.13, 903.16, 903.17, 903.25, 941.14, 953.22, 1501.01, 1501.011, 1509.01, 1509.02, 1509.04, 1509.05, 1509.06, 1509.08, 1509.11, 1509.222, 1509.223, 1509.23, 1509.27, 1509.33, 1509.99, 1511.01, 1511.02, 1511.021, 1511.022, 1511.05, 1511.07, 1511.99, 1515.01, 1515.02, 1515.08, 1533.081, 3704.05, 3734.02, 3734.029, 3745.70, 3750.13, 3750.14, 6109.10, 6111.03, 6111.04, 6111.44, and 6111.99 be amended; sections 1509.061 (1509.091) and 1511.022 (939.04) be amended for the purpose of adopting new section numbers as indicated in parentheses; and sections 939.01, 939.02, 939.03, 939.05, 939.06, 939.07, 939.08, 939.09, 939.10, 939.11, 1509.051, 1511.023, and 1511.09 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 901.22.  (A) The director of agriculture, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt rules that do all of the following:
(1) Establish procedures and eligibility criteria for making matching grants to municipal corporations, counties, townships, soil and water conservation districts established under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code, and charitable organizations described in division (B) of section 5301.69 of the Revised Code for the purchase of agricultural easements. With respect to agricultural easements that are purchased or proposed to be purchased with such matching grants that consist in whole or in part of moneys from the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund created in section 901.21 of the Revised Code, the rules shall establish all of the following:
(a) Procedures for all of the following:
(i) Soliciting and accepting applications for matching grants;
(ii) Participation by local governments and by the public in the process of making matching grants to charitable organizations;
(iii) Notifying local governments, charitable organizations, and organizations that represent the interests of farmers of the ranking system established in rules adopted under division (A)(1)(b) of this section.
(b) A ranking system for applications for the matching grants that is based on the soil type, proximity of the land or other land that is conducive to agriculture as defined by rules adopted under this section and that is the subject of an application to other agricultural land or other land that is conducive to agriculture as defined by rules adopted under this section and that is already or is in the process of becoming permanently protected from development, farm stewardship, development pressure, and, if applicable, a local comprehensive land use plan involved with a proposed agricultural easement. The rules shall require that preference be given to proposed agricultural easements that involve the greatest proportion of all of the following:
(i) Prime soils, unique or locally important soils, microclimates, or similar features;
(ii) Land that is adjacent to or that is in close proximity to other agricultural land or other land that is conducive to agriculture as defined by rules adopted under this section and that is already or is in the process of becoming permanently protected from development, by agricultural easement or otherwise, so that a buffer would exist between the land involving the proposed agricultural easement and areas that have been developed or likely will be developed for purposes other than agriculture;
(iii) The use of best management practices, including federally or state approved conservation plans, and a history of substantial compliance with applicable federal and state laws;
(iv) Development pressure that is imminent, but not a result of current location in the direct path of urban development;
(v) Areas identified for agricultural protection in local comprehensive land use plans.
(c) Any other criteria that the director determines are necessary for selecting applications for matching grants;
(d) Requirements regarding the information that must be included in the annual monitoring report that must be prepared for an agricultural easement under division (E)(2) of section 5301.691 of the Revised Code, procedures for submitting a copy of the report to the office of farmland preservation in the department of agriculture, and requirements and procedures governing corrective actions that may be necessary to enforce the terms of the agricultural easement.
(2) Establish provisions that shall be included in the instrument conveying to a municipal corporation, county, township, soil and water conservation district, or charitable organization any agricultural easement purchased with matching grant funds provided by the director under this section, including, without limitation, all of the following provisions:
(a) A provision stating that an easement so purchased may be extinguished only if an unexpected change in the conditions of or surrounding the land that is subject to the easement makes impossible or impractical the continued use of the land for the purposes described in the easement, or if the requirements of the easement are extinguished by judicial proceedings;
(b) A provision requiring that, upon the sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of the land subject to the easement, the holder of the easement shall be paid an amount of money that is at least equal to the proportionate value of the easement compared to the total value of the land at the time the easement was acquired;
(c) A provision requiring that, upon receipt of the portion of the proceeds of a sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion described in division (A)(2)(b) of this section, the municipal corporation, county, township, soil and water conservation district, or charitable organization remit to the director an amount of money equal to the percentage of the cost of purchasing the easement it received as a matching grant under this section.
Moneys received by the director pursuant to rules adopted under division (A)(2)(c) of this section shall be credited to the agricultural easement purchase fund created in section 901.21 of the Revised Code.
(3) Establish a provision that provides a charitable organization, municipal corporation, township, county, or soil and water conservation district with the option of purchasing agricultural easements either in installments or with a lump sum payment. The rules shall include a requirement that a charitable organization, municipal corporation, township, county, or soil and water conservation district negotiate with the seller of the agricultural easement concerning any installment payment terms, including the dates and amounts of payments and the interest rate on the outstanding balance. The rules also shall require the director to approve any method of payment that is undertaken in accordance with the rules adopted under division (A)(3) of this section.
(4) Establish any other requirements that the director considers to be necessary or appropriate to implement or administer a program to make matching grants under this section and monitor those grants.
(B) The director may develop guidelines regarding the acquisition of agricultural easements by the department of agriculture and the provisions of instruments conveying those easements. The director may make the guidelines available to public and private entities authorized to acquire and hold agricultural easements.
(C) The director may provide technical assistance in developing a program for the acquisition and monitoring of agricultural easements to public and private entities authorized to hold agricultural easements. The technical assistance may include, without limitation, reviewing and providing advisory recommendations regarding draft instruments conveying agricultural easements.
(D)(1) The director may make matching grants from the agricultural easement purchase fund and the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund to municipal corporations, counties, townships, soil and water conservation districts, and charitable organizations to assist those political subdivisions and charitable organizations in purchasing agricultural easements. Application for a matching grant shall be made on forms prescribed and provided by the director. The matching grants shall be made in compliance with the criteria and procedures established in rules adopted under this section. Instruments conveying agricultural easements purchased with matching grant funds provided under this section, at a minimum, shall include the mandatory provisions set forth in those rules.
Matching grants made under this division using moneys from the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund created in section 901.21 of the Revised Code may provide up to seventy-five per cent of the value of an agricultural easement as determined by a general real estate appraiser who is certified under Chapter 4763. of the Revised Code or as determined through a points-based appraisal system established under division (D)(2) of this section. Not less than twenty-five per cent of the value of the agricultural easement shall be provided by the recipient of the matching grant or donated by the person who is transferring the easement to the grant recipient. The amount of such a matching grant used for the purchase of a single agricultural easement shall not exceed one million dollars.
(2) The director shall establish a points-based appraisal system for the purposes of division (D)(1) of this section. The director may include any or all of the following factors in the system:
(a) Whether the applicable county auditor has determined that the land is land that is devoted exclusively to agriculture for the purposes of sections 5713.30 to 5713.38 of the Revised Code;
(b) Changes in land values following the completion of the applicable county auditor's reappraisal or triennial update;
(c) Soil types and productivity;
(d) Proximity of the land to land that is already subject to an agricultural easement, conservation easement created under sections 5301.67 to 5301.70 of the Revised Code, or similar land-use limitation;
(e) Proximity of the land to water and sewer lines, road interchanges, and nonagricultural development;
(f) Parcel size and roadway frontage of the land;
(g) Existence of an agreement entered into under division (D) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code or of an operation and management plan developed under division (A) of section 1511.021 of the Revised Code, as applicable;
(h) Existence of a nutrient management plan developed under division (A) of section 939.03 of the Revised Code, as applicable;
(i) Existence of a comprehensive plan that is adopted under section 303.02 or 519.02 of the Revised Code or that is adopted by the planning commission of a municipal corporation under section 713.06 of the Revised Code;
(i)(j) Any other factors that the director determines are necessary for inclusion in the system.
(E) An agricultural easement acquired as a result of a matching grant awarded under division (D) of this section may include a provision to preserve a unique natural or physical feature on the land so long as the use of the land remains predominantly agricultural.
(F) For any agricultural easement purchased with a matching grant that consists in whole or in part of moneys from the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund, the director shall be named as a grantee on the instrument conveying the easement, as shall the municipal corporation, county, township, soil and water conservation district, or charitable organization that receives the grant.
(G)(1) The director shall monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the agricultural easement program as a farmland preservation tool. On or before July 1, 1999, and the first day of July of each year thereafter, the director shall prepare and submit a report to the chairpersons of the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives that consider legislation regarding agriculture. The report shall consider and address the following criteria to determine the program's effectiveness:
(a) The number of agricultural easements purchased during the preceding year;
(b) The location of those easements;
(c) The number of acres of land preserved for agricultural use;
(d) The amount of money used by a municipal corporation, township, county, or soil and water conservation district from any fund to purchase the agricultural easements;
(e) The number of state matching grants given to purchase the agricultural easements;
(f) The amount of state matching grant moneys used to purchase the agricultural easements.
(2) The report also shall consider and include, at a minimum, the following information for each county to determine the program's efficiency:
(a) The total number of acres in the county;
(b) The total number of acres in current agricultural use;
(c) The total number of acres preserved for agricultural use in the preceding year;
(d) The average cost, per acre, of land preserved for agricultural use in the preceding year.
Sec. 903.01.  As used in this chapter:
(A) "Agricultural animal" means any animal generally used for food or in the production of food, including cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and swine; horses; alpacas; llamas; and any other animal included by the director of agriculture by rule. "Agricultural animal" does not include fish or other aquatic animals regardless of whether they are raised at fish hatcheries, fish farms, or other facilities that raise aquatic animals.
(B) "Animal feeding facility" means a lot, building, or structure where both of the following conditions are met:
(1) Agricultural animals have been, are, or will be stabled or confined and fed or maintained there for a total of forty-five days or more in any twelve-month period.
(2) Crops, vegetative forage growth, or post-harvest residues are not sustained in the normal growing season over any portion of the lot, building, or structure.
"Animal feeding facility" also includes land that is owned or leased by or otherwise is under the control of the owner or operator of the lot, building, or structure and on which manure originating from agricultural animals in the lot, building, or structure or a production area is or may be applied.
Two or more animal feeding facilities under common ownership shall be considered to be a single animal feeding facility for the purposes of this chapter if they adjoin each other or if they use a common area or system for the disposal of manure.
(C) "Animal feeding operation" has the same meaning as "animal feeding facility."
(D) "Cattle" includes, but is not limited to, heifers, steers, bulls, and cow and calf pairs.
(E) "Concentrated animal feeding facility" means an animal feeding facility with a total design capacity equal to or more than the number of animals specified in any of the categories in division (M) of this section.
(F) "Concentrated animal feeding operation" means an animal feeding facility that complies with one of the following:
(1) Has a total design capacity equal to or more than the number of animals specified in any of the categories in division (M) of this section;
(2) Satisfies the criteria in division (M), (Q), or (FF) of this section;
(3) Is designated by the director of agriculture as a medium or small concentrated animal feeding operation pursuant to rules.
(G) "Discharge" means to add from a point source to waters of the state.
(H) "Federal Water Pollution Control Act" means the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972," 86 Stat. 816, 33 U.S.C. 1251 et. seq., as amended, and regulations adopted under it.
(I) "Finalized," with respect to the programs required under division (A)(1) of section 903.02 and division (A)(1) of section 903.03 of the Revised Code, means that all rules that are necessary for the administration of this chapter have been adopted and all employees of the department of agriculture that are necessary for the administration of this chapter have been employed.
(J) "General permit" has the meaning that is established in rules.
(K) "Individual permit" has the meaning that is established in rules.
(L) "Installation permit" means a permit for the installation or modification of a disposal system or any part of a disposal system issued by the director of environmental protection under division (J)(1) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code.
(M) "Large concentrated animal feeding operation" means an animal feeding facility that stables or confines at least the number of animals specified in any of the following categories:
(1) Seven hundred mature dairy cattle whether milked or dry;
(2) One thousand veal calves;
(3) One thousand cattle other than mature dairy cattle or veal calves;
(4) Two thousand five hundred swine that each weigh fifty-five pounds or more;
(5) Ten thousand swine that each weigh less than fifty-five pounds;
(6) Five hundred horses;
(7) Ten thousand sheep or lambs;
(8) Fifty-five thousand turkeys;
(9) Thirty thousand laying hens or broilers if the animal feeding facility uses a liquid manure handling system;
(10) One hundred twenty-five thousand chickens, other than laying hens, if the animal feeding facility uses a manure handling system that is not a liquid manure handling system;
(11) Eighty-two thousand laying hens if the animal feeding facility uses a manure handling system that is not a liquid manure handling system;
(12) Thirty thousand ducks if the animal feeding facility uses a manure handling system that is not a liquid manure handling system;
(13) Five thousand ducks if the animal feeding facility uses a liquid manure handling system.
(N) "Major concentrated animal feeding facility" means a concentrated animal feeding facility with a total design capacity of more than ten times the number of animals specified in any of the categories in division (M) of this section.
(O) "Manure" means any of the following wastes used in or resulting from the production of agricultural animals or direct agricultural products such as milk or eggs: animal excreta, discarded products, bedding, process waste water, process generated waste water, waste feed, silage drainage, and compost products resulting from mortality composting or the composting of animal excreta.
(P) "Manure storage or treatment facility" means any excavated, diked, or walled structure or combination of structures designed for the biological stabilization, holding, or storage of manure.
(Q) "Medium concentrated animal feeding operation" means an animal feeding facility that satisfies both of the following:
(1) The facility stables or confines the number of animals specified in any of the following categories:
(a) Two hundred to six hundred ninety-nine mature dairy cattle whether milked or dry;
(b) Three hundred to nine hundred ninety-nine veal calves;
(c) Three hundred to nine hundred ninety-nine cattle other than mature dairy cattle or veal calves;
(d) Seven hundred fifty to two thousand four hundred ninety-nine swine that each weigh fifty-five pounds or more;
(e) Three thousand to nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine swine that each weigh less than fifty-five pounds;
(f) One hundred fifty to four hundred ninety-nine horses;
(g) Three thousand to nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine sheep or lambs;
(h) Sixteen thousand five hundred to fifty-four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine turkeys;
(i) Nine thousand to twenty-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine laying hens or broilers if the animal feeding facility uses a liquid manure handling system;
(j) Thirty-seven thousand five hundred to one hundred twenty-four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine chickens, other than laying hens, if the animal feeding facility uses a manure handling system that is not a liquid manure handling system;
(k) Twenty-five thousand to eighty-one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine laying hens if the animal feeding facility uses a manure handling system that is not a liquid manure handling system;
(l) Ten thousand to twenty-nine thousand nine hundred ninety-nine ducks if the animal feeding facility uses a manure handling system that is not a liquid manure handling system;
(m) One thousand five hundred to four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine ducks if the animal feeding facility uses a liquid manure handling system.
(2) The facility does one of the following:
(a) Discharges pollutants into waters of the United States through a ditch constructed by humans, a flushing system constructed by humans, or another similar device constructed by humans;
(b) Discharges pollutants directly into waters of the United States that originate outside of and that pass over, across, or through the facility or otherwise come into direct contact with the animals at the facility.
"Medium concentrated animal feeding operation" includes an animal feeding facility that is designated by the director as a medium concentrated animal feeding operation pursuant to rules.
(R) "Mortality composting" means the controlled decomposition of organic solid material consisting of dead animals that stabilizes the organic fraction of the material.
(S) "NPDES permit" means a permit issued under the national pollutant discharge elimination system established in section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and includes the renewal of such a permit. "NPDES permit" includes the federally enforceable provisions of a permit to operate into which NPDES permit provisions have been incorporated.
(T) "Permit" includes an initial, renewed, or modified permit to install, permit to operate, NPDES permit, and installation permit unless expressly stated otherwise.
(U) "Permit to install" means a permit issued under section 903.02 of the Revised Code.
(V) "Permit to operate" means a permit issued or renewed under section 903.03 of the Revised Code and includes incorporated NPDES permit provisions, if applicable.
(W) "Person" has the same meaning as in section 1.59 of the Revised Code and also includes the state, any political subdivision of the state, any interstate body created by compact, the United States, or any department, agency, or instrumentality of any of those entities.
(X) "Point source" has the same meaning as in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
(Y) "Pollutant" means dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, filter backwash, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials except those regulated under the "Atomic Energy Act of 1954," 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2011, as amended, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt, and industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste, including manure, discharged into water. "Pollutant" does not include either of the following:
(1) Sewage from vessels;
(2) Water, gas, or other material that is injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas, or water derived in association with oil and gas production and disposed of in a well, if the well that is used either to facilitate production or for disposal purposes is approved by the state and if the state determines that the injection or disposal will not result in the degradation of ground or surface water resources.
(Z) "Process generated waste water" means water that is directly or indirectly used in the operation of an animal feeding facility for any of the following:
(1) Spillage or overflow from animal watering systems;
(2) Washing, cleaning, or flushing pens, barns, manure pits, or other areas of an animal feeding facility;
(3) Direct contact swimming, washing, or spray cooling of animals;
(4) Dust control.
(AA) "Process waste water" means any process generated waste water and any precipitation, including rain or snow, that comes into contact with manure, litter, bedding, or any other raw material or intermediate or final material or product used in or resulting from the production of animals or direct products such as milk or eggs.
(BB) "Production area" means any of the following components of an animal feeding facility:
(1) Animal confinement areas, including, but not limited to, open lots, housed lots, feedlots, confinement houses, stall barns, free stall barns, milkrooms, milking centers, cowyards, barnyards, medication pens, animal walkways, and stables;
(2) Manure storage areas, including, but not limited to, manure storage or treatment facilities;
(3) Raw material storage areas, including, but not limited to, feed silos, silage bunkers, commodity buildings, and bedding materials;
(4) Waste containment areas, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(a) An egg washing or egg processing facility;
(b) An area used in the storage, handling, treatment, or disposal of mortalities;
(c) Settling basins, runoff ponds, liquid impoundments, and areas within berms and diversions that are designed and maintained to separate uncontaminated storm water runoff from contaminated water and to contain and treat contaminated storm water runoff.
(CC) "Public meeting" means a nonadversarial public hearing at which a person may present written or oral statements for the director of agriculture's consideration and includes public hearings held under section 6111.12 of the Revised Code.
(DD) "Review compliance certificate" means a certificate issued under section 903.04 of the Revised Code.
(EE) "Rule" means a rule adopted under section 903.10 of the Revised Code.
(FF)(EE) "Small concentrated animal feeding operation" means an animal feeding facility that is not a large or medium concentrated animal feeding operation and that is designated by the director as a small concentrated animal feeding operation pursuant to rules.
(GG)(FF) "Waters of the state" has the same meaning as in section 6111.01 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 903.03.  (A)(1) Not later than one hundred eighty days after March 15, 2001, the director of agriculture shall prepare a program for the issuance of permits to operate under this section.
(2) Except for a concentrated animal feeding facility that is operating under an installation permit or a review compliance certificate, on and after the date on which the director has finalized the program required under division (A)(1) of this section, no person shall own or operate a concentrated animal feeding facility without a permit to operate issued by the director under this section.
(B) The director or the director's authorized representative may help an applicant for a permit to operate during the permitting process by providing guidance and technical assistance.
(C) An applicant for a permit to operate shall submit a fee in an amount established by rule together with, except as otherwise provided in division (E) of this section, an application to the director on a form that the director prescribes and provides. The applicant shall include with the application all of the following information:
(1) The name and address of the applicant, of all partners if the applicant is a partnership, of all members if the applicant is a limited liability company, or of all officers and directors if the applicant is a corporation, and of any other person who has a right to control or in fact controls management of the applicant or the selection of officers, directors, or managers of the applicant. As used in division (C)(1) of this section, "control" has the same meaning as in division (C)(1) of section 903.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) Information concerning the applicant's past compliance with laws pertaining to environmental protection that is required to be provided under section 903.05 of the Revised Code, if applicable;
(3) A manure management plan for the concentrated animal feeding facility that conforms to best management practices regarding the handling, storage, transportation, and land application of manure generated at the facility and that contains any other information required by rule;
(4) An insect and rodent control plan for the concentrated animal feeding facility that conforms to best management practices and is prepared in accordance with section 903.06 of the Revised Code;
(5) In the case of an application for a major concentrated animal feeding facility, written proof that the person who would be responsible for the supervision of the management and handling of manure at the facility has been issued a livestock manager certification in accordance with section 903.07 of the Revised Code or will obtain a livestock manager certification prior to applying any manure to land.
(D) The director shall issue permits to operate in accordance with section 903.09 of the Revised Code. The director shall deny a permit to operate if either of the following applies:
(1) The permit application contains misleading or false information;.
(2) The manure management plan or insect and rodent control plan fails to conform to best management practices.
Additional grounds for the denial of a permit to operate shall be those established in this chapter and in rules.
(E) The director shall issue general permits to operate for categories of concentrated animal feeding facilities that will apply in lieu of individual permits to operate, provided that each category of facilities meets all of the criteria established in rules for general permits to operate. A person who is required to obtain a permit to operate shall submit to the director a notice of the person's intent to be covered under an existing general permit or, at the person's option, shall submit an application for an individual permit to operate. Upon receipt of a notice of intent to be covered under an existing general permit, the director shall notify the applicant in writing that the person is covered by the general permit if the person satisfies the criteria established in rules for eligibility for such coverage. If the person is ineligible for coverage under the general permit, the director shall require the submission of an application for an individual permit to operate.
(F) A permit to operate shall be valid for a period of five years.
(G) A permit to operate may be renewed. An application for renewal of a permit to operate shall be submitted to the director at least one hundred eighty days prior to the expiration date of the permit to operate and shall comply with the requirements governing applications for permits to operate that are established under this section and by rules, including requirements pertaining to public notice and participation.
(H) The director may modify, suspend, or revoke a permit to operate in accordance with rules.
(I) The owner or operator of a concentrated animal feeding facility who proposes to make a major operational change at the facility shall submit an application for approval of the change to the director in accordance with rules.
Sec. 903.07.  (A) On and after the date that is established in rules by the director of agriculture, both of the following apply:
(1) The management and handling of manure at a major concentrated animal feeding facility, including the land application of manure or the removal of manure from a manure storage or treatment facility, shall be conducted only by or under the supervision of a person holding a livestock manager certification issued under this section. A person managing or handling manure who is acting under the instructions and control of a person holding a livestock manager certification is considered to be under the supervision of the certificate holder if the certificate holder is responsible for the actions of the person and is available when needed even though the certificate holder is not physically present at the time of the manure management or handling.
(2) No person shall transport and land apply annually or buy, sell, or land apply annually the volume of manure established in rules adopted by the director under division (E)(D)(5) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code unless the person holds a livestock manager certification issued under this section.
(B) The director shall issue a livestock manager certification to a person who has submitted a complete application for certification on a form prescribed and provided by the director, together with the appropriate application fee, and who has completed successfully the required training and has passed the required examination. The director may suspend or revoke a livestock manager certification and may reinstate a suspended or revoked livestock manager certification in accordance with rules.
(C) Information required to be included in an application for a livestock manager certification, the amount of the application fee, requirements regarding training and the examination, requirements governing the management and handling of manure, including the land application of manure, and requirements governing the keeping of records regarding the handling of manure, including the land application of manure, shall be established in rules.
Sec. 903.082. (A) The director of agriculture may determine that an animal feeding facility that is not a concentrated animal feeding facility nevertheless shall be required to apply for and receive a permit to operate when all of the following apply:
(1) The director has received from the chief of the division of soil and water resources in the department of natural resources a copy of an order issued specified a corrective action to be taken under section 1511.02 939.09 of the Revised Code that specifies that the animal feeding facility has caused agricultural pollution by failure to comply with standards established under that section and that the animal feeding facility therefore should be required to be permitted as a concentrated animal feeding facility.
(2) The director or the director's authorized representative has inspected the animal feeding facility.
(3) The director or the director's authorized representative finds that the facility is not being operated in a manner that protects the waters of the state.
(B) In a situation in which best management practices cannot be implemented without modifying the existing animal feeding facility, the owner or operator of the facility shall apply for a permit to install for the facility.
(C) In the case of an animal feeding facility for which a permit to operate is required under this section, a permit to operate shall not be required after the end of the five-year term of the permit if the problems that caused the facility to be required to obtain the permit have been corrected to the director's satisfaction.
Sec. 903.09. (A) Prior to issuing or modifying a permit to install, permit to operate, or NPDES permit, the director of agriculture shall issue a draft permit. The director or the director's representative shall mail notice of the issuance of a draft permit to the applicant and shall publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the concentrated animal feeding facility or discharger is located or proposed to be located. The director shall mail notice of the issuance of a draft permit and a copy of the draft permit to the board of county commissioners of the county and the board of township trustees of the township in which the concentrated animal feeding facility or discharger is located or proposed to be located. The director or the director's representative also shall provide notice of the issuance of a draft NPDES permit to any other persons that are entitled to notice under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Notice of the issuance of a draft permit to install, permit to operate, or NPDES permit shall include the address where written comments concerning the draft permit may be submitted and the period of time during which comments will be accepted as established by rule.
If the director receives written comments in an amount that demonstrates significant public interest, as defined by rule, in the draft permit, the director shall schedule one public meeting to provide information to the public and to hear comments pertinent to the draft permit. The notice of the public meeting shall be provided in the same manner as the notice of the issuance of the draft permit.
(B) If a person is required to obtain both a permit to install and a permit to operate, including any permit to operate with NPDES provisions, and public meetings are required for both permits, the public meetings for the permits shall be combined.
(C) The director shall apply the antidegradation policy adopted under section 6111.12 of the Revised Code to permits issued under this chapter to the same degree and under the same circumstances as it applies to permits issued under Chapter 6111. of the Revised Code. The director shall hold one public meeting to consider antidegradation issues when such a meeting is required by the antidegradation policy. When allowed by the antidegradation policy, the director shall hold the public meeting on antidegradation issues concurrently with any public meeting held for the draft permit.
(D) The director or the director's representative shall publish notice of the issuance of a final permit to install, permit to operate, or NPDES permit once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the concentrated animal feeding facility or discharger is located.
(E) Notice or a public meeting is not required for the modification of a permit made with the consent of the permittee for the correction of typographical errors.
(F) The denial, modification, suspension, or revocation of a permit to install, permit to operate, or NPDES permit without the consent of the applicant or permittee shall be preceded by a proposed action stating the director's intention to issue an order with respect to the permit and the reasons for it.
The director shall mail to the applicant or the permittee notice of the director's proposed action to deny, modify, suspend, or revoke a permit to install, permit to operate, or NPDES permit. The director shall publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the concentrated animal feeding facility or concentrated animal feeding operation is located or proposed to be located. The director shall mail a copy of the notice of the proposed action to the board of county commissioners of the county and to the board of township trustees of the township in which the concentrated animal feeding facility or concentrated animal feeding operation is located or proposed to be located. The director also shall provide notice of the director's proposed action to deny, modify, suspend, or revoke a permit to install, permit to operate, or NPDES permit to any other person that is entitled to notice under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The notice of the director's proposed action to deny, modify, suspend, or revoke a permit to install, permit to operate, or NPDES permit shall include the address where written comments concerning the director's proposed action may be submitted and the period of time during which comments will be accepted as established by rule. If the director receives written comments in an amount that demonstrates significant public interest, as defined by rule, the director shall schedule one public meeting to provide information to the public and to hear comments pertinent to the proposed action. The notice of the public meeting shall be provided in the same manner as the notice of the director's proposed action.
The director shall not issue an order that makes the proposed action final until the applicant or permittee has had an opportunity for an adjudication hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, except that section 119.12 of the Revised Code does not apply. An order of the director that finalizes the proposed action or an order issuing a permit without a prior proposed action may be appealed to the environmental review appeals commission under sections 3745.04 to 3745.06 of the Revised Code.
(G)(1) The director shall issue an order issuing or denying an application for a permit to operate that contains NPDES provisions or for a NPDES permit, as well as any application for a permit to install that is submitted simultaneously, not later than one hundred eighty days after receiving the application.
(2) In the case of an application for a permit to install or permit to operate that is not connected with an application for a NPDES permit, the director shall issue or propose to deny the permit not later than ninety days after receiving the application. If the director has proposed to deny the permit to install or permit to operate under division (G)(2) of this section, the director shall issue an order denying the permit or, if the director decides against the proposed denial, issuing the permit not later than one hundred eighty days after receiving the application. If the director denies the permit, the director shall notify the applicant in writing of the reason for the denial.
(H) All rulemaking and the issuance of civil penalties under this chapter shall comply with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(I) Upon the transfer of ownership of an animal feeding facility for which a permit to install, an installation permit, a review compliance certificate, or a permit to operate that contains no NPDES provisions has been issued, the permit or certificate shall be transferred to the new owner of the animal feeding facility except as provided in division (C) of section 903.05 of the Revised Code. In the case of the transfer of ownership of a point source for which a NPDES permit or a permit to operate that contains NPDES provisions has been issued, the permit shall be transferred in accordance with rules.
(J) Applications for installation permits for animal feeding facilities pending before the director of environmental protection on the date on which the director of agriculture has finalized the programs required under division (A)(1) of section 903.02 and division (A)(1) of section 903.03 of the Revised Code shall be transferred to the director of agriculture. In the case of an applicant who is required to obtain a permit to install and a permit to operate under sections 903.02 and 903.03, respectively, of the Revised Code, the director of agriculture shall process the pending application for an installation permit as an application for a permit to install and a permit to operate.
(K) Applications for NPDES permits for either of the following that are pending before the director of environmental protection on the date on which the United States environmental protection agency approves the NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture under section 903.08 of the Revised Code shall be transferred to the director of agriculture:
(1) The discharge of pollutants from a concentrated animal feeding operation;
(2) The discharge of storm water resulting from an animal feeding facility.
In the case of an applicant who is required to obtain a NPDES permit under section 903.08 of the Revised Code, the director of agriculture shall process the pending application as an application for a NPDES permit under that section.
Sec. 903.10.  The director of agriculture may adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that do all of the following:
(A) Establish all of the following concerning permits to install and permits to operate:
(1) A description of what constitutes a modification of a concentrated animal feeding facility;
(2) A description of what constitutes a major operational change at a concentrated animal feeding facility;
(3) The amount of the fee that must be submitted with each permit application and each application for a permit modification;
(4) Information that must be included in the designs and plans required to be submitted with an application for a permit to install and criteria for approving, disapproving, or requiring modification of the designs and plans;
(5) Information that must be included in a manure management plan required to be submitted with an application for a permit to operate;
(6) Information that must be included in an application for the modification of an installation permit, a permit to install, or a permit to operate;
(7) Information that must be included in an application for approval of a major operational change at a concentrated animal feeding facility;
(8) Any additional information that must be included with a permit application;
(9) Procedures for the issuance, denial, modification, transfer, suspension, and revocation of permits to install and permits to operate, including general permits;
(10) Procedures for the approval or denial of an application for approval of a major operational change at a concentrated animal feeding facility;
(11) Grounds for the denial, modification, suspension, or revocation of permits to install and permits to operate in addition to the grounds established in division (D) of section 903.02 and division (D) of section 903.03 of the Revised Code;
(12) Grounds for the denial of an application for approval of a major operational change at a concentrated animal feeding facility;
(13) A requirement that a person that is required to obtain both a permit to install and a permit to operate submit applications for those permits simultaneously;
(14) A definition of "general permit to operate" that establishes categories of concentrated animal feeding facilities to be covered under such a permit and a definition of "individual permit to operate" together with the criteria for issuing a general permit to operate and the criteria for determining a person's eligibility to operate under a general permit to operate.
(B) Establish all of the following for the purposes of review compliance certificates issued under section 903.04 of the Revised Code:
(1) The form of a certificate;
(2) Criteria for what constitutes a significant capital expenditure under division (D) of that section;
(3) Deadlines and procedures for submitting information under division (E)(2) of that section.
(C) Establish best management practices that minimize water pollution, odors, insects, and rodents, that govern the land application of manure that originated at a concentrated animal feeding facility, and that govern all of the following activities that occur at a concentrated animal feeding facility:
(1) Manure management, including the storage, handling, transportation, and land application of manure. Rules adopted under division (C)(B)(1) of this section shall include practices that prevent surface and ground water contamination caused by the storage of manure or the land application of manure and prevent the contamination of water in drainage tiles that may be caused by that application.
(2) Disposal of dead livestock;
(3) Production of biodiesel, biomass energy, electric or heat energy, and biologically derived methane gas as those terms are defined in section 5713.30 of the Revised Code;
(4) Any other activity that the director considers appropriate.
Best management practices established in rules adopted under division (C)(B) of this section shall not conflict with best management practices established in rules that have been adopted under any other section of the Revised Code. The rules adopted under division (C)(B) of this section shall establish guidelines that require owners or operators of concentrated animal feeding facilities to consult with and work with local officials, including boards of county commissioners and boards of township trustees, in addressing issues related to local government infrastructure needs and the financing of that infrastructure.
(D)(C) Establish all of the following concerning insect and rodent control plans required under section 903.06 of the Revised Code:
(1) The information to be included in an insect and rodent control plan;
(2) Criteria for approving, disapproving, or requiring modification of an insect and rodent control plan;
(3) Criteria for determining compliance with or violation of an insect and rodent control plan;
(4) Procedures and standards for monitoring insect and rodent control plans;
(5) Procedures and standards for enforcing insect and rodent control plans at concentrated animal feeding facilities at which insects or rodents constitute a nuisance or adversely affect public health;
(6) The amount of civil penalties for violation of an insect and rodent control plan assessed by the director of agriculture under division (B) of section 903.16 of the Revised Code, provided that the rules adopted under division (D)(C)(6) of this section shall not establish a civil penalty of more than ten thousand dollars for a violation involving a concentrated animal feeding facility that is not a major concentrated animal feeding facility and shall not establish a civil penalty of more than twenty-five thousand dollars for a violation involving a major concentrated animal feeding facility;
(7) The time period within which the director must approve or deny an insect and rodent control plan after receiving it;
(8) Any other provisions necessary to administer and enforce section 903.12 of the Revised Code.
(E)(D) Establish all of the following concerning livestock manager certifications required under section 903.07 of the Revised Code:
(1) The information to be included in an application for a livestock manager certification and the amount of the application fee;
(2) The content of the training required to be completed and of the examination required to be passed by an applicant for a livestock manager certification. The training shall include and the examination shall test the applicant's knowledge of information on topics that include calculating nutrient values in manure, devising and implementing a plan for the land application of manure, removing manure held in a manure storage or treatment facility, and following best management practices established in rules for disposal of dead animals and manure management, including practices that control odor and protect the environment. The director may specify other types of recognized training programs that, if completed, are considered to satisfy the training and examination requirement.
(3) Criteria and procedures for the issuance, denial, suspension, revocation, or reinstatement of a livestock manager certification;
(4) The length of time during which livestock manager certifications will be valid and procedures for their renewal;
(5) The volume of manure that must be transported and land applied annually or the volume of manure that must be bought, sold, or land applied annually by a person in order for the person to be required to obtain a livestock manager certification under division (A)(2) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code;
(6) Requirements governing the management and handling of manure, including the land application of manure;
(7) Requirements governing the keeping of records regarding the handling of manure, including the land application of manure;
(8) Any other provisions necessary to administer and enforce section 903.07 of the Revised Code.
(F)(E) Establish all of the following concerning NPDES permits:
(1) The designation of concentrated animal feeding operations that are subject to NPDES permit requirements under section 903.08 of the Revised Code;
(2) Effluent limitations governing discharges into waters of the state that are authorized by permits;
(3) Variances from effluent limitations and other permit requirements to the extent that the variances are consistent with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
(4) Terms and conditions to be included in a permit, including, as applicable, best management practices; installation of discharge or water quality monitoring methods or equipment; creation and retention of records; submission of periodic reports; schedules of compliance; net volume, net weight, and, where necessary, concentration and mass loading limits of manure that may be discharged into waters of the state; and authorized duration and frequency of any discharges into waters of the state;
(5) Procedures for the submission of applications for permits and notices of intent to be covered by general permits, including information that must be included in the applications and notices;
(6) The amount of the fee that must be submitted with an application for a permit;
(7) Procedures for processing permit applications, including public notice and participation requirements;
(8) Procedures for notifying the United States environmental protection agency of the submission of permit applications, the director's action on those applications, and any other reasonable and relevant information;
(9) Procedures for notifying and receiving and responding to recommendations from other states whose waters may be affected by the issuance of a permit;
(10) Procedures for the transfer of permits to new owners or operators;
(11) Grounds and procedures for the issuance, denial, modification, suspension, or revocation of permits, including general permits;
(12) A definition of "general NPDES permit" that establishes categories of point sources to be covered under such a permit and a definition of "individual NPDES permit" together with the criteria for issuing a general NPDES permit and the criteria for determining a person's eligibility to discharge under a general NPDES permit.
The rules adopted under division (F)(E) of this section shall be consistent with the requirements of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
(G)(F) Establish public notice and participation requirements, in addition to the procedures established in rules adopted under division (F)(E)(7) of this section, for the issuance, denial, modification, transfer, suspension, and revocation of permits to install, permits to operate, and NPDES permits consistent with section 903.09 of the Revised Code, including a definition of what constitutes significant public interest for the purposes of divisions (A) and (F) of section 903.09 of the Revised Code and procedures for public meetings. The rules shall require that information that is presented at such a public meeting be limited to the criteria that are applicable to the permit application that is the subject of the public meeting.
(H)(G) Establish the amount of civil penalties assessed by the director of agriculture under division (B) of section 903.16 of the Revised Code for violation of the terms and conditions of a permit to install, or permit to operate, or review compliance certificate, provided that the rules adopted under this division shall not establish a civil penalty of more than ten thousand dollars per day for each violation;
(I)(H) Establish procedures for the protection of trade secrets from public disclosure. The procedures shall authorize the release of trade secrets to officers, employees, or authorized representatives of the state, another state, or the United States when necessary for an enforcement action brought under this chapter or when otherwise required by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The rules shall require at least ten days' written notice to the person to whom a trade secret applies prior to the release of the trade secret. Rules adopted under this division do not apply to any information that is contained in applications, including attachments, for NPDES permits and that is required to be submitted under section 903.08 of the Revised Code or rules adopted under division (F)(E) of this section.
(J)(I) Establish any other provisions necessary to administer and enforce this chapter.
Sec. 903.11.  (A) The director of agriculture may enter into contracts or agreements to carry out the purposes of this chapter with any public or private person, including OSU extension, the natural resources conservation service in the United States department of agriculture, the environmental protection agency, the division of soil and water resources in the department of natural resources, and soil and water conservation districts established under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code. However, the director shall not enter into a contract or agreement with a private person for the review of applications for permits to install, permits to operate, or NPDES permits, or review compliance certificates that are issued under this chapter or for the inspection of a facility regulated under this chapter or with any person for the issuance of any of those permits or certificates or for the enforcement of this chapter and rules adopted under it.
(B) The director may administer grants and loans using moneys from the federal government and other sources, public or private, for carrying out any of the director's functions. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the eligibility of owners or operators of animal feeding facilities or other agricultural enterprises to receive moneys from the water pollution control loan fund established under section 6111.036 of the Revised Code and the nonpoint source pollution management fund established under section 6111.037 of the Revised Code.
The director of agriculture shall provide the director of environmental protection with written recommendations for providing financial assistance from those funds to agricultural enterprises. The director of environmental protection shall consider the recommendations in developing priorities for providing financial assistance from the funds.
Sec. 903.12.  (A) The director of agriculture or the director's authorized representative at reasonable times may enter on any public or private property, real or personal, to make investigations and inspections, including the sampling of discharges and the inspection of discharge monitoring equipment, or to otherwise execute duties that are necessary for the administration and enforcement of this chapter. The director or the director's authorized representative at reasonable times may examine and copy any records pertaining to discharges that are subject to this chapter or any records that are required to be maintained by the terms and conditions of a permit or review compliance certificate issued under this chapter. If refused entry, the director or the director's authorized representative may apply for and the court of common pleas having jurisdiction may issue an appropriate warrant.
(B) No person to whom a permit or review compliance certificate has been issued under this chapter shall refuse entry to the director or the director's authorized representative or purposely hinder or thwart the director or the director's authorized representative in the exercise of any authority granted under division (A) of this section.
Sec. 903.13.  In a private civil action for an alleged nuisance related to agricultural activities conducted at a concentrated animal feeding facility, it is an affirmative defense if the person owning, operating, or otherwise responsible for the concentrated animal feeding facility is in compliance with best management practices established in the installation permit, or permit to operate, or review compliance certificate issued for the concentrated animal feeding facility and the agricultural activities do not violate federal, state, and local laws governing nuisances.
Sec. 903.16.  (A) The director of agriculture may propose to require corrective actions and assess a civil penalty against an owner or operator of a concentrated animal feeding facility if the director or the director's authorized representative determines that the owner or operator is not in compliance with section 903.02, or 903.03, or 903.04 or division (A) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code, the terms and conditions of a permit to install, or permit to operate, or review compliance certificate issued for the concentrated animal feeding facility, including the requirements established under division (C) of section 903.06 of the Revised Code, or rules adopted under division (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or (J)(I) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code. However, the director may impose a civil penalty only if all of the following occur:
(1) The owner or operator is notified in writing of the deficiencies resulting in noncompliance, the actions that the owner or operator must take to correct the deficiencies, and the time period within which the owner or operator must correct the deficiencies and attain compliance.
(2) After the time period specified in the notice has elapsed, the director or the director's duly authorized representative has inspected the concentrated animal feeding facility, determined that the owner or operator is still not in compliance, and issued a notice of an adjudication hearing.
(3) The director affords the owner or operator an opportunity for an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to challenge the director's determination that the owner or operator is not in compliance or the imposition of the civil penalty, or both. However, the owner or operator may waive the right to an adjudication hearing.
(B) If the opportunity for an adjudication hearing is waived or if, after an adjudication hearing, the director determines that a violation has occurred or is occurring, the director may issue an order requiring compliance and assess the civil penalty. The order and the assessment of the civil penalty may be appealed in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.
Civil penalties shall be assessed under this division as follows:
(1) A person who has violated section 903.02, or 903.03, or 903.04 of the Revised Code, the terms and conditions of a permit to install, or permit to operate, or review compliance certificate, or rules adopted under division (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or (J)(I) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code shall pay a civil penalty in an amount established in rules unless the violation is of the requirements established under division (C) of section 903.06 or division (A) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code.
(2) A person who has violated the requirements established under division (C) of section 903.06 of the Revised Code shall pay a civil penalty in an amount established in rules for each violation. Each seven-day period during which a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.
(3) A person who has violated the requirements established under division (A) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code shall pay a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars for each violation. Each thirty-day period during which a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.
(C) The attorney general, upon the written request of the director, shall bring an action for an injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction against any person violating or threatening to violate section 903.02, or 903.03, or 903.04 or division (A) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code; the terms and conditions of a permit to install, or permit to operate, or review compliance certificate, including the requirements established under division (C) of section 903.06 of the Revised Code; rules adopted under division (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or (J)(I) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code; or an order issued under division (B) of this section or division (B) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code.
(D)(1) In lieu of seeking civil penalties under division (A) of this section, the director may request the attorney general, in writing, to bring an action for a civil penalty in a court of competent jurisdiction against any person that has violated or is violating division (A) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code or the terms and conditions of a permit to install, or permit to operate, or review compliance certificate, including the requirements established under division (C) of section 903.06 of the Revised Code.
(2) The director may request the attorney general, in writing, to bring an action for a civil penalty in a court of competent jurisdiction against any person that has violated or is violating section 903.02, or 903.03, or 903.04 of the Revised Code, rules adopted under division (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), or (J)(I) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code, or an order issued under division (B) of this section or division (B) of section 903.07 of the Revised Code.
(3) A person who has committed a violation for which the attorney general may bring an action for a civil penalty under division (D)(1) or (2) of this section shall pay a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars per violation. Each day that a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.
(E) In addition to any other penalties imposed under this section, the director may impose an administrative penalty against an owner or operator of a concentrated animal feeding facility if the director or the director's authorized representative determines that the owner or operator is not in compliance with best management practices that are established in rules adopted under division (B) or (C) or (D) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code or in the permit to install, or permit to operate, or review compliance certificate issued for the facility. The administrative penalty shall not exceed five thousand dollars.
The director shall afford the owner or operator an opportunity for an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to challenge the director's determination under this division, the director's imposition of an administrative penalty under this division, or both. The director's determination and the imposition of the administrative penalty may be appealed in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 903.17.  (A) The director of agriculture may propose to require corrective actions and assess a civil penalty against an owner or operator of an animal feeding operation if the director or the director's authorized representative determines that the owner or operator is not in compliance with section 903.08 of the Revised Code, the terms and conditions of a NPDES permit, the NPDES provisions of a permit to operate, or rules adopted under division (F)(E) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code. However, the director may impose a civil penalty only if all of the following occur:
(1) The owner or operator is notified in writing of the deficiencies resulting in noncompliance, the actions that the owner or operator must take to correct the deficiencies, and the time period within which the owner or operator must correct the deficiencies and attain compliance.
(2) After the time period specified in the notice has elapsed, the director or the director's duly authorized representative has inspected the animal feeding operation, determined that the owner or operator is still not in compliance, and issued a notice of violation to require corrective actions.
(3) The director affords the owner or operator an opportunity for an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to challenge the director's determination that the owner or operator is not in compliance or the imposition of the civil penalty, or both. However, the owner or operator may waive the right to an adjudication hearing.
(B) If the opportunity for an adjudication hearing is waived or if, after an adjudication hearing, the director determines that a violation has occurred or is occurring, the director may issue an order and assess a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars per violation against the violator. For purposes of determining the civil penalty, each day that a violation continues constitutes a separate and distinct violation. The order and the assessment of the civil penalty may be appealed in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.
(C) To the extent consistent with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the director shall consider technical feasibility and economic costs in issuing orders under this section.
(D)(1) The attorney general, upon the written request of the director, shall bring an action for an injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction against any person violating or threatening to violate section 903.08 of the Revised Code, the terms and conditions of a NPDES permit, the NPDES provisions of a permit to operate, rules adopted under division (F)(E) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code, or an order issued under division (B) of this section.
(2) In lieu of seeking civil penalties under division (A) of this section, the director may request, in writing, the attorney general to bring an action for a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars per violation in a court of competent jurisdiction against any person that has violated or is violating section 903.08 of the Revised Code, the terms and conditions of a NPDES permit, the NPDES provisions of a permit to operate, rules adopted under division (F)(E) of section 903.10 of the Revised Code, or an order issued under division (B) of this section. For purposes of determining the civil penalty to be assessed under division (B) of this section, each day that a violation continues constitutes a separate and distinct violation.
(E) In addition to any other penalties imposed under this section, the director may impose an administrative penalty against an owner or operator of an animal feeding operation if the director or the director's authorized representative determines that the owner or operator has discharged pollutants into waters of the state in violation of section 903.08 of the Revised Code or the terms and conditions of a NPDES permit or the NPDES provisions of the permit to operate issued for the operation. The administrative penalty shall not exceed five thousand dollars.
The director shall afford the owner or operator an opportunity for an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to challenge the director's determination under this division, the director's imposition of an administrative penalty under this division, or both. The director's determination and the imposition of the administrative penalty may be appealed in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 903.25. An owner or operator of an animal feeding facility who holds a permit to install, a permit to operate, a review compliance certificate, or a NPDES permit or who is operating under an operation and a nutrient management plan, as defined in section 1511.01 939.01 of the Revised Code, approved by the chief of the division of soil and water resources in the department of natural resources director of agriculture or the director's designee under section 1511.02 939.02 of the Revised Code or by the supervisors of the appropriate soil and water conservation district under section 1515.08 of the Revised Code shall not be required by any political subdivision of the state or any officer, employee, agency, board, commission, department, or other instrumentality of a political subdivision to obtain a license, permit, or other approval pertaining to manure, insects or rodents, odor, or siting requirements for installation of an animal feeding facility.
Sec. 939.01.  As used in this chapter:
(A) "Conservation" means the wise use and management of natural resources.
(B) "Pollution abatement practice" means any residual farm products or manure pollution abatement facility, structure, or procedure and the operation and management associated with it as contained in nutrient management plans.
(C) "Agricultural pollution" means failure to use management or conservation practices in farming operations to abate the degradation of the waters of the state by residual farm products or manure, including attached substances.
(D) "Waters of the state" means all streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, watercourses, waterways, wells, springs, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and all other bodies or accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural or artificial, regardless of the depth of the strata in which underground water is located, that are situated wholly or partly within, or border on, this state or are within its jurisdiction, except those private waters that do not combine or effect a junction with natural surface or underground waters.
(E) "Nutrient management plan" means a written record, developed or approved by the director of agriculture, the director's designee, or the board of supervisors of a soil and water conservation district, for the owner or operator of agricultural land or an animal feeding operation that contains both of the following:
(1) Implementation schedules and operational procedures for a level of management and pollution abatement practices that will abate the degradation of the waters of the state by residual farm products and manure, including attached pollutants;
(2) Best management practices that are to be used by the owner or operator.
(F) "Residual farm products" means bedding, wash waters, waste feed, and silage drainage. "Residual farm products" also includes the compost products resulting from the composting of dead animals in operations subject to section 939.04 of the Revised Code when either of the following applies:
(1) The composting is conducted by the person who raises the animals and the compost product is used in agricultural operations owned or operated by that person regardless of whether the person owns the animals.
(2) The composting is conducted by the person who owns the animals, but does not raise them and the compost product is used in agricultural operations either by a person who raises the animals or by a person who raises grain that is used to feed them and that is supplied by the owner of the animals.
(G) "Composting" means the controlled decomposition of organic solid material consisting of dead animals that stabilizes the organic fraction of the material.
(H) "Manure" means animal excreta.
(I) "Animal feeding operation" means the production area, as defined in section 903.01 of the Revised Code, of an agricultural operation where agricultural animals are kept and raised in confined areas. "Animal feeding operation" does not include a facility that possesses a permit issued under Chapter 903. or division (J) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code.
(J) "Soil and water conservation district" has the same meaning as in section 1515.01 of the Revised Code.
(K) "Ohio soil and water conservation commission" means the Ohio soil and water conservation commission established in section 1515.02 of the Revised Code.
(L) "Best management practices" means practices or a combination of practices that are determined to be the most effective and practicable means of preventing or reducing agricultural pollution sources to a level compatible with the attainment of applicable water quality standards. "Best management practices" includes structural and nonstructural practices, conservation practices, and operation and maintenance procedures.
Sec. 939.02.  The director of agriculture shall do all of the following:
(A) Administer this chapter and those provisions of Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code pertaining to state responsibilities and provide staff assistance to the Ohio soil and water conservation commission in exercising its statutory responsibilities pertaining to agricultural pollution;
(B) Coordinate the development and implementation of cooperative programs and working agreements between soil and water conservation districts and the department of agriculture or other agencies of local, state, and federal government;
(C) Adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that do or comply with all of the following:
(1) Establish technically feasible and economically reasonable standards to achieve a level of management and conservation practices in farming operations that will abate the degradation of the waters of the state by residual farm products or manure, including attached substances, and establish criteria for determination of the acceptability of such management and conservation practices;
(2) Establish procedures for the administration of rules regarding agricultural pollution abatement and for enforcement of those rules;
(3) Specify the agricultural pollution abatement practices eligible for state cost sharing and determine the conditions for eligibility, the construction standards and specifications, the useful life, the maintenance requirements, and the limits of cost sharing for those practices. Eligible practices shall be limited to practices that address agricultural operations and that require expenditures that are likely to exceed the economic returns to the owner or operator and that abate degradation of the waters of the state by residual farm products or manure, including attached pollutants.
(4) Establish procedures for administering grants to owners or operators of agricultural land or animal feeding operations for the implementation of nutrient management plans;
(5) Do both of the following with regard to composting conducted in conjunction with agricultural operations:
(a) Establish methods, techniques, or practices for composting dead animals, or particular types of dead animals, that are to be used at such operations, as the director considers to be necessary or appropriate;
(b) Establish requirements and procedures governing the review and approval or disapproval of composting plans by the supervisors of soil and water conservation districts under division (T) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code.
(6) Establish best management practices for inclusion in nutrient management plans;
(7) Establish the amount of civil penalties assessed by the director under division (B) of section 939.09 of the Revised Code for violation of rules adopted under division (C) of this section;
(8) Be adopted after the director does all of the following:
(a) Mails notice to each statewide organization that the director determines represents persons or local governmental agencies that would be affected by a proposed rule at least thirty-five days before any public hearing on the proposed rule;
(b) Mails a copy of each proposed rule to any person who requests a copy within five days after receipt of the request;
(c) Consults with appropriate state and local governmental agencies or their representatives, including statewide organizations of local governmental officials, industrial representatives, and other interested persons;
(d) If the rule is adopted under division (C)(1) of this section, develops an economic impact statement concerning the effect of the proposed rule.
(9) Not conflict with air or water quality standards adopted pursuant to section 3704.03 or 6111.041 of the Revised Code. Compliance with rules adopted under this section does not affect liability for noncompliance with air or water quality standards adopted pursuant to section 3704.03 or 6111.041 of the Revised Code.
(D) Cost share with landowners on practices established in rules adopted under division (C)(3) of this section as moneys are appropriated and available for that purpose. A practice for which cost share is provided shall be maintained for its useful life. Failure to maintain a cost share practice for its useful life subjects the landowner to full repayment to the department.
(E) Employ field assistants and other employees that are necessary for the performance of the work prescribed by Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code pertaining to agricultural pollution, for performance of the work of the department under this chapter, and as agreed to in working agreements or contractual arrangements with soil and water conservation districts, prescribe their duties, and fix their compensation in accordance with schedules that are provided by law for the compensation of state employees. All such employees of the department, unless specifically exempted by law, shall be employed subject to the classified civil service laws in force at the time of employment.
(F) When necessary for the purposes of this chapter or the provisions of Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code pertaining to agricultural pollution, develop or approve nutrient management plans. The director may designate an employee of the department to develop or approve nutrient management plans in lieu of the director.
This section does not restrict the manure of domestic or farm animals defecated on land outside an animal feeding operation or runoff from that land into the waters of the state.
Sec. 939.03.  (A) A person who owns or operates agricultural land or an animal feeding operation may develop and operate under a nutrient management plan approved by the director of agriculture or the director's designee under section 939.02 of the Revised Code or by the supervisors of the applicable soil and water conservation district under section 1515.08 of the Revised Code.
(B) A person who wishes to make a complaint regarding nuisances involving agricultural pollution may do so orally or by submitting a written, signed, and dated complaint to the director or to the director's designee. After receiving an oral complaint, the director or the director's designee may cause an investigation to be conducted to determine whether agricultural pollution has occurred or is imminent. After receiving a written, signed, and dated complaint, the director or the director's designee shall cause such an investigation to be conducted.
(C) In a private civil action for nuisances involving agricultural pollution, it is an affirmative defense if the person owning, operating, or otherwise responsible for agricultural land or an animal feeding operation is operating under and in substantial compliance with an approved nutrient management plan developed under division (A) of this section, with a nutrient management plan developed by the director or the director's designee under section 939.02 of the Revised Code or by the supervisors of the applicable soil and water conservation district under section 1515.08 of the Revised Code, or with a nutrient management plan required under division (A)(2) of section 939.09 of the Revised Code. Nothing in this section is in derogation of the authority granted to the director in division (C) of section 939.02 and in section 939.09 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 1511.022 939.04 (A) Any person who owns or operates an agricultural operation, or owns the animals raised by the owner or operator of an agricultural operation, and who wishes to conduct composting of dead animals resulting from the agricultural operation shall do both of the following:
(1) Participate in an educational course concerning composting conducted by OSU extension and obtain a certificate of completion for the course;
(2) Use the appropriate method, technique, or practice of composting established in rules adopted under division (E)(8)(C)(5) of section 1511.02 939.02 of the Revised Code.
(B) Any person who fails to comply with division (A) of this section shall prepare and operate under a composting plan in accordance with an order issued required by the chief of the division of soil and water resources director of agriculture under division (G)(A)(2) of section 1511.02 939.09 of the Revised Code. If the person's proposed composting plan is disapproved by the board of supervisors of the appropriate soil and water conservation district under division (Q)(T)(3) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code, the person may appeal the plan disapproval to the chief director, who shall afford the person a hearing. Following the hearing, the chief director shall uphold the plan disapproval or reverse it. If the chief director reverses the disapproval, the plan shall be deemed approved.
Sec. 939.05.  (A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, the director of agriculture, an employee of the department of agriculture, the supervisors of a soil and water conservation district, an employee of a district, and a contractor of the department or a district shall not disclose either of the following:
(1) Information, including data from geographic information systems and global positioning systems, provided by a person who owns or operates agricultural land or an animal feeding operation and operates under a nutrient management plan;
(2) Information gathered as a result of an inspection of agricultural land or an animal feeding operation to determine whether the person who owns or operates the land or operation is in compliance with a nutrient management plan.
(B) The director or the supervisors of a district may release or disclose information specified in division (A)(1) or (2) of this section to a person or a federal, state, or local agency working in cooperation with the director or the supervisors in the development of a nutrient management plan or an inspection to determine compliance with such a plan if the director or supervisors determine that the person or federal, state, or local agency will not subsequently disclose the information to another person.
Sec. 939.06.  The director of agriculture may enter into contracts or agreements with an agency of the United States government, or any other public or private agency or organization, for the performance of the duties of the department of agriculture under this chapter or for accomplishing cooperative projects within the scope of those duties.
Sec. 939.07.  The director of agriculture may accept donations, grants, and contributions in money, service, or equipment to enhance or expedite the work of the department of agriculture under this chapter.
Sec. 939.08.  The director of agriculture, subject to approval of the terms of the agreement by the Ohio soil and water conservation commission, shall enter into cooperative agreements with the board of supervisors of a soil and water conservation district desiring to enter into those agreements pursuant to section 1515.08 of the Revised Code. The agreements shall be entered into to obtain compliance with rules of the director pertaining to agricultural pollution abatement.
The director or a person designated by the director may enter at reasonable times on private or public property to inspect and investigate conditions relating to agricultural pollution of the waters of the state. Upon refusal of entry, the director or the director's designee may apply for and a judge of the court of common pleas of the county where the land is located may issue an appropriate inspection warrant as necessary to achieve the purposes of this chapter.
Sec. 939.09. (A)(1) The director of agriculture may propose to require corrective actions and assess a civil penalty against an owner or operator of agricultural land or an animal feeding operation if the director or the director's designee determines that the owner or operator is doing one of the following:
(a) Not complying with a standard established in rules adopted under division (C)(1) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code;
(b) Not operating in accordance with an approved nutrient management plan that is developed under division (A) of section 939.03 of the Revised Code, with a nutrient management plan developed by the director or the director's designee under section 939.02 of the Revised Code or by the supervisors of the applicable soil and water conservation district under section 1515.08 of the Revised Code, or with a nutrient management plan required by the director under division (A)(2) of this section;
(c) Not complying with a standard established in rules adopted under division (C)(5)(a) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code;
(d) Not operating in accordance with a composting plan that is approved in accordance with rules adopted under division (C)(5)(b) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code or required by the director under division (A)(2) of this section.
(2) The director may include in the corrective actions a requirement that an owner or operator do one of the following:
(a) Operate under a nutrient management plan approved by the director or the director's designee under section 939.02 of the Revised Code;
(b) If the owner or operator has failed to operate in accordance with an existing nutrient management plan, operate in accordance with that plan;
(c) Prepare a composting plan in accordance with rules adopted under division (C)(5)(b) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code and operate in accordance with that plan;
(d) If the owner or operator has failed to operate in accordance with an existing composting plan, operate in accordance with that plan.
(3) The director may impose a civil penalty only if all of the following occur:
(a) The owner or operator is notified in writing of the deficiencies resulting in noncompliance, the actions that the owner or operator must take to correct the deficiencies, and the time period within which the owner or operator must correct the deficiencies and attain compliance.
(b) After the time period specified in the notice has elapsed, the director or the director's designee has inspected the agricultural land or animal feeding operation, determined that the owner or operator is still not in compliance, and issued a notice of an adjudication hearing.
(c) The director affords the owner or operator an opportunity for an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to challenge the director's determination that the owner or operator is not in compliance or the imposition of the civil penalty, or both. However, the owner or operator may waive the right to an adjudication hearing.
(4) If the opportunity for an adjudication hearing is waived or if, after an adjudication hearing, the director determines that noncompliance has occurred or is occurring, the director may issue an order requiring compliance and assess the civil penalty. The order and the assessment of the civil penalty may be appealed in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.
(5) A person who has violated rules adopted under division (C) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code shall pay a civil penalty in an amount established in rules adopted under that section.
(B) The attorney general, upon the written request of the director, shall bring an action for an injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction against any person violating or threatening to violate rules adopted under division (C) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code or an order issued under division (A)(4) of this section.
(C)(1) In lieu of seeking civil penalties under division (A) of this section, the director may request the attorney general, in writing, to bring an action for a civil penalty in a court of competent jurisdiction against any person that has violated or is violating a rule adopted under division (C) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) A person who has committed a violation for which the attorney general may bring an action for a civil penalty under division (C)(1) of this section shall pay a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars per violation. Each day that a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.
(D) In addition to any other penalties imposed under this section, the director may impose an administrative penalty against an owner or operator of agricultural land or an animal feeding operation if the director or the director's designee determines that the owner or operator is not in compliance with best management practices that are established in rules adopted under division (C) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code. The administrative penalty shall not exceed five thousand dollars.
The director shall afford the owner or operator an opportunity for an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to challenge the director's determination under this division, the director's imposition of an administrative penalty under this division, or both. The director's determination and the imposition of the administrative penalty may be appealed in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code.
(E) Notwithstanding any other provision in this section, if the director determines that an emergency exists requiring immediate action to protect the public health or safety or the environment, the director may issue an order, without notice or adjudication hearing, stating the existence of the emergency and requiring that action be taken that is necessary to meet the emergency. The order shall take effect immediately. A person to whom the order is directed shall comply immediately, but on application to the director shall be afforded an adjudication hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code as soon as possible and not later than thirty days after application. On the basis of the hearing, the director shall continue the order in effect, revoke it, or modify it. The director's order is appealable in accordance with section 119.12 of the Revised Code. No emergency order shall remain in effect for more than one hundred twenty days after its issuance.
(F) A person that is responsible for causing or allowing the unauthorized spill, release, or discharge of manure or residual farm products that requires emergency action to protect public health or safety or the environment is liable to the director for the costs incurred in investigating, mitigating, minimizing, removing, or abating the spill, release, or discharge. Upon request of the director, the attorney general shall bring a civil action against the responsible person or persons to recover those costs.
(G) Money recovered under division (F) of this section and money collected from civil penalties under this section shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the agricultural pollution abatement fund created in section 939.11 of the Revised Code.
(H) As used in this section, "noncompliance" means doing one of the actions specified in division (A)(1) of this section.
Sec. 939.10.  A person claiming to be deprived of a right or protection afforded the person by law by an action of the director of agriculture under this chapter, except the adoption of a rule, may appeal to the court of common pleas of Franklin county or the court of common pleas of the county in which the alleged violation exists.
If the court finds that the action of the director appealed from was lawful and reasonable, it shall affirm the action. If the court finds that the action was unreasonable or unlawful, it shall vacate the action and order the action to be taken that it finds the director should have taken. The judgment of the court is final unless reversed, vacated, or modified on appeal.
Sec. 939.11.  There is hereby created in the state treasury the agricultural pollution abatement fund, which shall be administered by the director of agriculture. The fund may be used to pay costs incurred by the department of agriculture under division (F) of section 939.09 of the Revised Code in investigating, mitigating, minimizing, removing, or abating any pollution of the waters of the state caused by agricultural pollution or an unauthorized release, spill, or discharge of manure or residual farm products into or on the environment that requires emergency action to protect the public health.
Sec. 941.14.  (A) The owner shall burn the body of an animal that has died of, or been destroyed because of, a dangerously infectious or contagious disease, bury it not less than four feet under the surface of the ground, dissolve it by alkaline hydrolysis, remove it in a watertight tank to a rendering establishment, or otherwise dispose of it in accordance with section 939.04 or 953.26 or 1511.022 of the Revised Code within twenty-four hours after knowledge thereof or after notice in writing from the department of agriculture.
(B) The owner of premises that contain a dead animal shall burn the body of the animal, bury it not less than four feet beneath the surface of the ground, dissolve it by alkaline hydrolysis, remove it in a watertight tank to a rendering establishment, or otherwise dispose of it in accordance with section 939.04 or 953.26 or 1511.022 of the Revised Code within a reasonable time after knowledge thereof or after notice in writing from the department or from the township trustees of the township in which the owner's premises are located.
(C) Notwithstanding division (A) or (B) of this section, the director of agriculture, in written notice sent to the owner of a dead animal, may require the owner to employ a specific method of disposition of the body, including burning, burying, rendering, composting, or alkaline hydrolysis, when that method does not conflict with any law or rule governing the disposal of infectious wastes and, in the director's judgment, is necessary for purposes of animal disease control. No person shall fail to employ the method of disposition required under this division.
(D) The director, in written notice sent to the owner of a dead animal, may prohibit the owner from transporting the body of the dead animal on any street or highway if that prohibition does not conflict with any law or rule governing the transportation of infectious wastes and, in the director's judgment, is necessary for purposes of animal disease control. No person shall fail to comply with a prohibition issued under this division.
(E) As used in this section, "infectious wastes" has the same meaning as in section 3734.01 of the Revised Code, and "street" or "highway" has the same meaning as in section 4511.01 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 953.22.  (A) No person shall engage in the business of disposing of, picking up, rendering, or collecting raw rendering material or transporting the material to a composting facility without a license to do so from the department of agriculture.
(B) This chapter does not apply to any of the following:
(1) A farmer who slaughters the farmer's own animals, raised by the farmer on the farmer's own farm, processes the farmer's own meat therefrom, and disposes of the farmer's raw rendering material only by delivery to a person licensed under section 953.23 of the Revised Code;
(2) A person whose only connection with raw rendering material is curing hides and skins;
(3) A person whose only connection with raw rendering material is operating a pet cemetery;
(4) A person who is conducting composting, as defined in section 1511.01 939.01 of the Revised Code, in accordance with section 1511.022 939.04 of the Revised Code;
(5) A person whose only connection with raw rendering material is trapping wild animals in accordance with a nuisance wild animal permit issued by the chief of the division of wildlife in the department of natural resources under rules adopted pursuant to section 1531.08 of the Revised Code;
(6) A county dog warden or animal control officer who transports raw rendering material only for disposal purposes.
Sec. 1501.01. (A) Except where otherwise expressly provided, the director of natural resources shall formulate and institute all the policies and programs of the department of natural resources. The chief of any division of the department shall not enter into any contract, agreement, or understanding unless it is approved by the director. No appointee or employee of the director, other than the assistant director, may bind the director in a contract except when given general or special authority to do so by the director.
The director may enter into contracts or agreements with any agency of the United States government, any other public agency, or any private entity or organization for the performance of the duties of the department.
(B) The director shall correlate and coordinate the work and activities of the divisions in the department to eliminate unnecessary duplications of effort and overlapping of functions. The chiefs of the various divisions of the department shall meet with the director at least once each month at a time and place designated by the director.
The director may create advisory boards to any of those divisions in conformity with section 121.13 of the Revised Code.
(C) The director may accept and expend gifts, devises, and bequests of money, lands, and other properties on behalf of the department or any division thereof under the terms set forth in section 9.20 of the Revised Code. Any political subdivision of this state may make contributions to the department for the use of the department or any division therein according to the terms of the contribution.
(D) The director may publish and sell or otherwise distribute data, reports, and information.
(E) The director may identify and develop the geographic information system needs for the department, which may include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) Assisting in the training and education of department resource managers, administrators, and other staff in the application and use of geographic information system technology;
(2) Providing technical support to the department in the design, preparation of data, and use of appropriate geographic information system applications in order to help solve resource related problems and to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of department delivered services;
(3) Creating, maintaining, and documenting spatial digital data bases;
(4) Providing information to and otherwise assisting government officials, planners, and resource managers in understanding land use planning and resource management;
(5) Providing continuing assistance to local government officials and others in natural resource digital data base development and in applying and utilizing the geographic information system for land use planning, current agricultural use value assessment, development reviews, coastal management, and other resource management activities;
(6) Coordinating and administering the remote sensing needs of the department, including the collection and analysis of aerial photography, satellite data, and other data pertaining to land, water, and other resources of the state;
(7) Preparing and publishing maps and digital data relating to the state's land use and land cover over time on a local, regional, and statewide basis;
(8) Locating and distributing hard copy maps, digital data, aerial photography, and other resource data and information to government agencies and the public;
(9) Preparing special studies and executing any other related duties, functions, and responsibilities identified by the director;
(10) Entering into contracts or agreements with any agency of the United States government, any other public agency, or any private agency or organization for the performance of the duties specified in division (E) of this section or for accomplishing cooperative projects within those duties;
(11) Entering into agreements with local government agencies for the purposes of land use inventories, Ohio capability analysis data layers, and other duties related to resource management.
(F) The director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to permit the department to accept by means of a credit card the payment of fees, charges, and rentals at those facilities described in section 1501.07 of the Revised Code that are operated by the department, for any data, reports, or information sold by the department, and for any other goods or services provided by the department.
(G) Whenever authorized by the governor to do so, the director may appropriate property for the uses and purposes authorized to be performed by the department and on behalf of any division within the department. This authority shall be exercised in the manner provided in sections 163.01 to 163.22 of the Revised Code for the appropriation of property by the director of administrative services. This authority to appropriate property is in addition to the authority provided by law for the appropriation of property by divisions of the department. The director of natural resources also may acquire by purchase, lease, or otherwise such real and personal property rights or privileges in the name of the state as are necessary for the purposes of the department or any division therein. The director, with the approval of the governor and the attorney general, in accordance with section 5301.13 of the Revised Code, if applicable, may sell, lease, or exchange portions of lands or property, real or personal, of any division of the department or grant easements or licenses for the use thereof, or enter into agreements for the sale of water from lands and waters under the administration or care of the department or any of its divisions, when the sale, lease, exchange, easement, agreement, or license for use is in an amount that is less than one million dollars and is advantageous to the state, provided that such approval is not required for leases and contracts made under section 1501.07, 1501.09, or 1520.03 or Chapter 1523. of the Revised Code. With the approval of the governor, the director, in accordance with section 5301.13 of the Revised Code, if applicable, may sell, lease, or exchange portions of, grant easements or licenses for the use of, or enter into agreements for the sale of such lands, property, or waters in an amount of one million dollars or more when the sale, lease, exchange, easement, agreement, or license is advantageous to the state. Water may be sold from a reservoir only to the extent that the reservoir was designed to yield a supply of water for a purpose other than recreation or wildlife, and the water sold is in excess of that needed to maintain the reservoir for purposes of recreation or wildlife.
Money received from such sales, leases, easements, exchanges, agreements, or licenses for use, except revenues required to be set aside or paid into depositories or trust funds for the payment of bonds issued under sections 1501.12 to 1501.15 of the Revised Code, and to maintain the required reserves therefor as provided in the orders authorizing the issuance of such bonds or the trust agreements securing such bonds, revenues required to be paid and credited pursuant to the bond proceeding applicable to obligations issued pursuant to section 154.22, and revenues generated under section 1520.05 of the Revised Code, shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the fund of the division of the department having prior jurisdiction over the lands or property. If no such fund exists, the money shall be credited to the general revenue fund. All such money received from lands or properties administered by the division of wildlife shall be credited to the wildlife fund.
(H) The director shall provide for the custody, safekeeping, and deposit of all moneys, checks, and drafts received by the department or its employees prior to paying them to the treasurer of state under section 113.08 of the Revised Code.
(I) The director shall cooperate with the nature conservancy, other nonprofit organizations, and the United States fish and wildlife service in order to secure protection of islands in the Ohio river and the wildlife and wildlife habitat of those islands.
(J) Any instrument by which real property is acquired pursuant to this section shall identify the agency of the state that has the use and benefit of the real property as specified in section 5301.012 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 1501.011. (A) Except as provided in divisions (B), (C), and (D) of this section, the Ohio facilities construction commission shall supervise the design and construction of, and make contracts for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, enlargement, alteration, repair, or decoration of, any projects or improvements for the department of natural resources that may be authorized by legislative appropriations or any other funds available therefor, the estimated cost of which amounts to two hundred thousand dollars or more or the amount determined pursuant to section 153.53 of the Revised Code or more.
(B) The department of natural resources shall administer the construction of improvements under an agreement with the supervisors of a soil and water conservation district pursuant to division (I) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code.
(C)(1) The department of natural resources shall supervise the design and construction of, and make contracts for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, enlargement, alteration, repair, or decoration of, any of the following activities, projects, or improvements:
(a) Dam repairs administered by the division of engineering under Chapter 1507. of the Revised Code;
(b) Projects or improvements administered by the division of watercraft and funded through the waterways safety fund established in section 1547.75 of the Revised Code;
(c) Projects or improvements administered by the division of wildlife under Chapter 1531. or 1533. of the Revised Code;
(d) Activities conducted by the department pursuant to section 5511.05 of the Revised Code in order to maintain the department's roadway inventory.
(2) If a contract to be let under division (C)(1) of this section involves an exigency that concerns the public health, safety, or welfare or addresses an emergency situation in which timeliness is crucial in preventing the cost of the contract from increasing significantly, pursuant to the declaration of a public exigency, the department may award the contract without competitive bidding or selection as otherwise required by Chapter 153. of the Revised Code.
A notice published by the department of natural resources regarding an activity, project, or improvement shall be published as contemplated in section 7.16 of the Revised Code.
(D) The executive director of the Ohio facilities construction commission may authorize the department of natural resources to administer any other project or improvement, the estimated cost of which, including design fees, construction, equipment, and contingency amounts, is not more than one million five hundred thousand dollars.
Sec. 1509.01.  As used in this chapter:
(A) "Well" means any borehole, whether drilled or bored, within the state for production, extraction, or injection of any gas or liquid mineral, excluding potable water to be used as such, but including natural or artificial brines and oil field waters.
(B) "Oil" means crude petroleum oil and all other hydrocarbons, regardless of gravity, that are produced in liquid form by ordinary production methods, but does not include hydrocarbons that were originally in a gaseous phase in the reservoir.
(C) "Gas" means all natural gas and all other fluid hydrocarbons that are not oil, including condensate.
(D) "Condensate" means liquid hydrocarbons separated at or near the well pad or along the gas production or gathering system prior to gas processing.
(E) "Pool" means an underground reservoir containing a common accumulation of oil or gas, or both, but does not include a gas storage reservoir. Each zone of a geological structure that is completely separated from any other zone in the same structure may contain a separate pool.
(F) "Field" means the general area underlaid by one or more pools.
(G) "Drilling unit" means the minimum acreage on which one well may be drilled, but does not apply to a well for injecting gas into or removing gas from a gas storage reservoir.
(H) "Waste" includes all of the following:
(1) Physical waste, as that term generally is understood in the oil and gas industry;
(2) Inefficient, excessive, or improper use, or the unnecessary dissipation, of reservoir energy;
(3) Inefficient storing of oil or gas;
(4) Locating, drilling, equipping, operating, or producing an oil or gas well in a manner that reduces or tends to reduce the quantity of oil or gas ultimately recoverable under prudent and proper operations from the pool into which it is drilled or that causes or tends to cause unnecessary or excessive surface loss or destruction of oil or gas;
(5) Other underground or surface waste in the production or storage of oil, gas, or condensate, however caused.
(I) "Correlative rights" means the reasonable opportunity to every person entitled thereto to recover and receive the oil and gas in and under the person's tract or tracts, or the equivalent thereof, without having to drill unnecessary wells or incur other unnecessary expense.
(J) "Tract" means a single, individually taxed individual parcel of land appearing on the tax list or a portion of a single, individual parcel of land.
(K) "Owner," unless referring to a mine, means the person who has the right to drill on a tract or drilling unit, to drill into and produce from a pool, and to appropriate the oil or gas produced therefrom either for the person or for others, except that a person ceases to be an owner with respect to a well when the well has been plugged in accordance with applicable rules adopted and orders issued under this chapter. "Owner" does not include a person who obtains a lease of the mineral rights for oil and gas on a parcel of land if the person does not attempt to produce or produce oil or gas from a well or obtain a permit under this chapter for a well or if the entire interest of a well is transferred to the person in accordance with division (B) of section 1509.31 of the Revised Code.
(L) "Royalty interest" means the fee holder's share in the production from a well.
(M) "Discovery well" means the first well capable of producing oil or gas in commercial quantities from a pool.
(N) "Prepared clay" means a clay that is plastic and is thoroughly saturated with fresh water to a weight and consistency great enough to settle through saltwater in the well in which it is to be used, except as otherwise approved by the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management.
(O) "Rock sediment" means the combined cutting and residue from drilling sedimentary rocks and formation.
(P) "Excavations and workings," "mine," and "pillar" have the same meanings as in section 1561.01 of the Revised Code.
(Q) "Coal bearing township" means a township designated as such by the chief of the division of mineral resources management under section 1561.06 of the Revised Code.
(R) "Gas storage reservoir" means a continuous area of a subterranean porous sand or rock stratum or strata into which gas is or may be injected for the purpose of storing it therein and removing it therefrom and includes a gas storage reservoir as defined in section 1571.01 of the Revised Code.
(S) "Safe Drinking Water Act" means the "Safe Drinking Water Act," 88 Stat. 1661 (1974), 42 U.S.C.A. 300(f), as amended by the "Safe Drinking Water Amendments of 1977," 91 Stat. 1393, 42 U.S.C.A. 300(f), the "Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986," 100 Stat. 642, 42 U.S.C.A. 300(f), and the "Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996," 110 Stat. 1613, 42 U.S.C.A. 300(f), and regulations adopted under those acts.
(T) "Person" includes any political subdivision, department, agency, or instrumentality of this state; the United States and any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof; and any legal entity defined as a person under section 1.59 of the Revised Code.
(U) "Brine" means all saline geological formation water resulting from, obtained from, or produced in connection with exploration, drilling, well stimulation, production of oil or gas, or plugging of a well.
(V) "Waters of the state" means all streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, watercourses, waterways, springs, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and other bodies of water, surface or underground, natural or artificial, that are situated wholly or partially within this state or within its jurisdiction, except those private waters that do not combine or effect a junction with natural surface or underground waters.
(W) "Exempt Mississippian well" means a well that meets all of the following criteria:
(1) Was drilled and completed before January 1, 1980;
(2) Is located in an unglaciated part of the state;
(3) Was completed in a reservoir no deeper than the Mississippian Big Injun sandstone in areas underlain by Pennsylvanian or Permian stratigraphy, or the Mississippian Berea sandstone in areas directly underlain by Permian stratigraphy;
(4) Is used primarily to provide oil or gas for domestic use.
(X) "Exempt domestic well" means a well that meets all of the following criteria:
(1) Is owned by the owner of the surface estate of the tract on which the well is located;
(2) Is used primarily to provide gas for the owner's domestic use;
(3) Is located more than two hundred feet horizontal distance from any inhabited private dwelling house other than an inhabited private dwelling house located on the tract on which the well is located;
(4) Is located more than two hundred feet horizontal distance from any public building that may be used as a place of resort, assembly, education, entertainment, lodging, trade, manufacture, repair, storage, traffic, or occupancy by the public.
(Y) "Urbanized area" means an area where a well or production facilities of a well are located within a municipal corporation or within a township that has an unincorporated population of more than five thousand in the most recent federal decennial census prior to the issuance of the permit for the well or production facilities.
(Z) "Well stimulation" or "stimulation of a well" means the process of enhancing well productivity, including hydraulic fracturing operations.
(AA) "Production operation" means all operations and activities and all related equipment, facilities, and other structures that may be used in or associated with the exploration and production of oil, gas, or other mineral resources that are regulated under this chapter, including operations and activities associated with site preparation, site construction, access road construction, well drilling, well completion, well stimulation, well site activities, reclamation, and plugging. "Production operation" also includes all of the following:
(1) The piping, equipment, and facilities used for the production and preparation of hydrocarbon gas or liquids for transportation or delivery;
(2) The processes of extraction and recovery, lifting, stabilization, treatment, separation, production processing, storage, waste disposal, and measurement of hydrocarbon gas and liquids, including related equipment and facilities;
(3) The processes and related equipment and facilities associated with production compression, gas lift, gas injection, fuel gas supply, well drilling, well stimulation, and well completion activities, including dikes, pits, and earthen and other impoundments used for the temporary storage of fluids and waste substances associated with well drilling, well stimulation, and well completion activities;
(4) Equipment and facilities at a wellpad or other location that are used for the transportation, handling, recycling, temporary storage, management, processing, or treatment of any equipment, material, and by-products or other substances from an operation at a wellpad that may be used or reused at the same or another operation at a wellpad or that will be disposed of in accordance with applicable laws and rules adopted under them.
(BB) "Annular overpressurization" means the accumulation of fluids within an annulus with sufficient pressure to allow migration of annular fluids into underground sources of drinking water.
(CC) "Idle and orphaned well" means a well for which a bond has been forfeited or an abandoned well for which no money is available to plug the well in accordance with this chapter and rules adopted under it.
(DD) "Temporarily inactive well" means a well that has been granted temporary inactive status under section 1509.062 of the Revised Code.
(EE) "Material and substantial violation" means any of the following:
(1) Failure to obtain a permit to drill, reopen, convert, plugback, or plug a well under this chapter;
(2) Failure to obtain, maintain, update, or submit proof of insurance coverage that is required under this chapter;
(3) Failure to obtain, maintain, update, or submit proof of a surety bond that is required under this chapter;
(4) Failure to plug an abandoned well or idle and orphaned well unless the well has been granted temporary inactive status under section 1509.062 of the Revised Code or the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management has approved another option concerning the abandoned well or idle and orphaned well;
(5) Failure to restore a disturbed land surface as required by section 1509.072 of the Revised Code;
(6) Failure to reimburse the oil and gas well fund pursuant to a final order issued under section 1509.071 of the Revised Code;
(7) Failure to comply with a final nonappealable order of the chief issued under section 1509.04 of the Revised Code;
(8) Failure to submit a report, test result, fee, or document that is required in this chapter or rules adopted under it;
(9) Failure to correct the violations identified in a compliance notice within sixty days after the issuance of the compliance notice unless another period of time is specified in the compliance notice;
(10) Receiving compliance notices for the same or similar violations of this chapter or rules adopted under it that present an imminent danger to the health or safety of a person or result in or are likely to result in substantial damage to the natural resources of this state;
(11) Submission of falsified information under this chapter.
(FF) "Severer" has the same meaning as in section 5749.01 of the Revised Code.
(GG) "Horizontal well" means a well that is drilled for the production of oil or gas in which the wellbore reaches a horizontal or near horizontal position in the Point Pleasant, Utica, or Marcellus formation and the well is stimulated.
(HH) "Well pad" means the area that is cleared or prepared for the drilling of one or more horizontal wells.
Sec. 1509.02.  There is hereby created in the department of natural resources the division of oil and gas resources management, which shall be administered by the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management. The division has sole and exclusive authority to regulate the permitting, location, and spacing of oil and gas wells and production operations within the state, excepting only those activities regulated under federal laws for which oversight has been delegated to the environmental protection agency and activities regulated under sections 6111.02 to 6111.028 of the Revised Code. The regulation of oil and gas activities is a matter of general statewide interest that requires uniform statewide regulation, and this chapter and rules adopted under it constitute a comprehensive plan with respect to all aspects of the locating, drilling, well stimulation, completing, and operating of oil and gas wells within this state, including site construction and restoration, permitting related to those activities, and the disposal of wastes from those wells. In order to assist the division in the furtherance of its sole and exclusive authority as established in this section, the chief may enter into cooperative agreements with other state agencies for advice and consultation, including visitations at the surface location of a well on behalf of the division. Such cooperative agreements do not confer on other state agencies any authority to administer or enforce this chapter and rules adopted under it. In addition, such cooperative agreements shall not be construed to dilute or diminish the division's sole and exclusive authority as established in this section. Nothing in this section affects the authority granted to the director of transportation and local authorities in section 723.01 or 4513.34 of the Revised Code, provided that the authority granted under those sections shall not be exercised in a manner that discriminates against, unfairly impedes, or obstructs oil and gas activities and operations regulated under this chapter.
The chief shall not hold any other public office, nor shall the chief be engaged in any occupation or business that might interfere with or be inconsistent with the duties as chief.
All moneys collected by the chief pursuant to sections 1509.06, 1509.061 1509.091, 1509.062, 1509.071, 1509.13, 1509.22, 1509.222, 1509.28, 1509.34, and 1509.50 of the Revised Code, ninety per cent of moneys received by the treasurer of state from the tax levied in divisions (A)(5) and (6) of section 5749.02 of the Revised Code, all civil penalties paid under section 1509.33 of the Revised Code, and, notwithstanding any section of the Revised Code relating to the distribution or crediting of fines for violations of the Revised Code, all fines imposed under divisions (A) and (B) of section 1509.99 of the Revised Code and fines imposed under divisions (C) and (D) of section 1509.99 of the Revised Code for all violations prosecuted by the attorney general and for violations prosecuted by prosecuting attorneys that do not involve the transportation of brine by vehicle shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the oil and gas well fund, which is hereby created. Fines imposed under divisions (C) and (D) of section 1509.99 of the Revised Code for violations prosecuted by prosecuting attorneys that involve the transportation of brine by vehicle and penalties associated with a compliance agreement entered into pursuant to this chapter shall be paid to the county treasury of the county where the violation occurred.
The fund shall be used solely and exclusively for the purposes enumerated in division (B) of section 1509.071 of the Revised Code, for the expenses of the division associated with the administration of this chapter and Chapter 1571. of the Revised Code and rules adopted under them, and for expenses that are critical and necessary for the protection of human health and safety and the environment related to oil and gas production in this state. The expenses of the division in excess of the moneys available in the fund shall be paid from general revenue fund appropriations to the department.
Sec. 1509.04. (A) The chief of the division of oil and gas resources management, or the chief's authorized representatives, shall enforce this chapter and the rules, terms and conditions of permits and registration certificates, and orders adopted or issued pursuant thereto, except that any peace officer, as defined in section 2935.01 of the Revised Code, may arrest for violations of this chapter involving transportation of brine by vehicle. The enforcement authority of the chief includes the authority to issue compliance notices and to enter into compliance agreements.
(B)(1) The chief or the chief's authorized representative may issue an administrative order to an owner or other person for a violation of this chapter or rules adopted under it, terms and conditions of a permit issued under it, a registration certificate that is required under this chapter, or orders issued under this chapter.
(2)(a) If an owner or other person who is required to submit a report, test result, fee, or document by this chapter or rules adopted under it submits a request for an extension of time to submit the report, test result, fee, or document to the chief prior to the date on which the report, test result, fee, or document is due, the chief may grant an extension of not more than sixty additional days from the original date on which the report, test result, fee, or document is due.
(b) If an owner or other person who is required to submit a report, test result, fee, or document by this chapter or rules adopted under it fails to submit the report, test result, fee, or document before or on the date on which it is due and the chief has not granted an extension of time under division (B)(2)(a) of this section, the chief shall make a reasonable attempts attempt to notify the owner or other person of the failure to submit the report, test result, fee, or document. If an owner or other person who receives such a notification fails to submit the report, test result, fee, or document on or before thirty days after the date on which the chief so notified the owner or other person, the chief may issue an order under division (B)(2)(c)(3) of this section.
(c)(3) The chief may issue an order finding that an owner or other person has committed a material and substantial violation. In the order, the chief may suspend activities that are authorized under a permit or registration certificate that is issued under this chapter or revoke a permit or registration certificate.
(C) The chief, by order, immediately may suspend drilling, operating, injection, brine transportation, or plugging activities that are related to a material and substantial violation and suspend and or revoke an unused permit after finding either of the following:
(1) An owner or other person has failed to comply with an order issued under division (B)(2)(c)(3) of this section that is final and nonappealable.
(2) An owner or other person is causing, engaging in, or maintaining a condition or activity that the chief determines presents an imminent danger to the health or safety of the public a person or that results in or is likely to result in immediate substantial damage to the natural resources of this state.
(D)(1) The chief may issue an order under division (C) of this section without prior notification if reasonable attempts to notify the owner or other person have failed or if the owner or other person is currently in material breach of a prior order, but in such an event notification shall be given as soon thereafter as practical.
(2) Not later than five business days after the issuance of an order under division (C) of this section, the chief or the chief's designee shall provide the owner or other person an opportunity to be heard and to present evidence that one of the following applies:
(a) The condition or activity does not present an imminent danger to the public health or safety of a person or is not likely to result in immediate substantial damage to natural resources.
(b) Required records, reports, or logs have been submitted The condition or activity that is the basis of a material and substantial violation has been corrected.
(3)(a) If the chief, after considering evidence presented by the owner or other person under division (D)(2)(a) of this section, determines that the activities do not present such a threat or that the required records, reports, or logs have been submitted under division (D)(2)(b) of this section condition or activity that is the basis of a material and substantial violation has been corrected, the chief shall revoke rescind the order. The
(b) If the chief, after considering evidence presented by the owner or other person under division (D)(2)(a) of this section, determines that the activities present such a threat or that the condition or activity that is the basis of a material and substantial violation has not been corrected, the chief may issue an order that does either of the following:
(i) Suspends the drilling, operating, plugging, injection, or brine transportation activities of the owner or other person for a specified period of time;
(ii) Revokes the permit or registration certificate, as applicable, associated with the drilling, operating, plugging, injection, or brine transportation activities of the owner or other person that is the basis of the suspension order issued under division (C) of this section.
(c) The owner may appeal or other person to whom an order was issued under division (D)(3)(b) of this section may appeal the order to the oil and gas commission under section 1509.36 of the Revised Code or to the court of common pleas of the county in which the activity that is the subject of the order is located.
(E) The chief may issue a bond forfeiture order pursuant to section 1509.071 of the Revised Code for failure to comply with a final nonappealable order issued or compliance agreement entered into under this section.
(F) The chief may notify drilling contractors, transporters, service companies, or other similar entities of the compliance status of an owner.
If the owner fails to comply with a prior enforcement action of the chief, the chief may issue a suspension order without prior notification, but in such an event the chief shall give notice as soon thereafter as practical. Not later than five calendar business days after the issuance of an order, the chief shall provide the owner an opportunity to be heard and to present evidence that required records, reports, or logs have been submitted. If the chief, after considering the evidence presented by the owner, determines that the requirements have been satisfied, the chief shall revoke rescind the suspension order. The owner may appeal a suspension order to the oil and gas commission under section 1509.36 of the Revised Code or to the court of common pleas of the county in which the activity that is the subject of the suspension order is located.
(G) The prosecuting attorney of the county or the attorney general, upon the request of the chief, may apply to the court of common pleas in the county in which any of the provisions of this chapter or any rules, terms or conditions of a permit or registration certificate, or orders adopted or issued pursuant to this chapter are being violated for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction restraining any person from such the violation.
Sec. 1509.05.  (A) No person shall drill a new well, drill an existing well any deeper, reopen a well, convert a well to any use other than its original purpose, or plug back a well to a source of supply different from the existing pool, without having a permit to do so issued by the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management, and until the original permit or a photostatic copy thereof is posted or displayed in a conspicuous and easily accessible place at the well site, with the name, current address, and telephone number of the permit holder and the telephone numbers for fire and emergency medical services maintained on the posted permit or copy. The permit or a copy shall be continuously displayed in that manner at all times during the work authorized by the permit.
(B) The chief may issue an order refusing to issue a permit required by this section or section 1509.21 or 1509.22 of the Revised Code to an applicant who at the time of application for a permit has been issued an order for a material and substantial violation and has failed to comply with the order. The chief shall refuse to issue a permit to an applicant who at the time of application for a permit has been found liable by a nonappealable order of a court of competent jurisdiction for damage to streets, roads, highways, bridges, culverts, or drainways under section 4513.34 or 5577.12 of the Revised Code until the applicant provides the chief with evidence of compliance with the order. No applicant shall attempt to circumvent this division by applying for a permit under a different name or business organization name, by transferring responsibility to another person or entity, by abandoning a well or lease, or by any other similar act.
Sec. 1509.051.  (A) A person who has not been issued a permit or a registration certificate or who has not received an order authorizing activities under this chapter, but who intends to apply or has applied for such a permit, registration certificate, or order shall register with the division of oil and gas resources management on a form and in the manner prescribed by the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management. The registration shall include all of the following:
(1) The name, address, and telephone number of the applicant's principal place of business;
(2) The address and telephone number of the applicant's principal place of business in this state if it is different from the information provided under division (A)(1) of this section;
(3) A listing of all key employees of the applicant;
(4) A listing of all of the following during the five years immediately preceding the submission of the registration:
(a) All consent orders entered into by the applicant or a key employee of the applicant in connection with any violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act by the applicant or a key employee of the applicant or in connection with any violation of this state's or any other state's laws implementing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act pursuant to delegation by the United States environmental protection agency by the applicant or a key employee of the applicant;
(b) All administrative or civil enforcement orders issued to the applicant or a key employee of the applicant in connection with any violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act by the applicant or a key employee of the applicant or in connection with any violation of this state's or any other state's laws implementing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act pursuant to delegation by the United States environmental protection agency by the applicant or a key employee of the applicant;
(c) All civil actions in which the applicant or a key employee of the applicant was determined by the trier of fact to be liable in damages or was the subject of injunctive relief or another type of civil relief in connection with any violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act by the applicant or a key employee of the applicant or in connection with any violation of this state's or any other state's laws implementing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act pursuant to delegation by the United States environmental protection agency by the applicant or a key employee of the applicant;
(d) All criminal actions in which the applicant or a key employee of the applicant pleaded guilty to or was convicted of any violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or any violation of this state's or any other state's laws implementing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act pursuant to delegation by the United States environmental protection agency.
(B) The chief may issue an order denying an application submitted under this chapter if the chief finds from the information submitted under division (A) of this section that the applicant or any key employee of the applicant has a history of noncompliance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or with this state's or any other state's laws implementing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act pursuant to delegation by the United States environmental protection agency that indicates that the applicant lacks sufficient reliability, expertise, and competence to operate a proposed new well or brine transportation business or other facility or operation that is authorized by the permit or order, as applicable, in substantial compliance with this chapter and rules adopted under it.
(C) The chief may issue an order denying an application submitted under this chapter if the chief finds that the information submitted under division (A) of this section is false or materially incomplete.
(D) As used in this section:
(1) "Applicant" means a person who intends to apply or has applied for a permit, registration certificate, or order authorizing activities under this chapter.
(2) "Federal Water Pollution Control Act" has the same meaning as in section 6111.01 of the Revised Code.
(3) "Key employee" means an individual who is employed by an applicant in a supervisory capacity or who is empowered to make discretionary decisions with respect to the operations of the applicant or another person who has supervisory capacity or who is empowered to make discretionary decisions with respect to the operations of the applicant. If the applicant has entered into a contract with another person to operate a well that is the subject of the application, "key employee" includes an employee of the contractor who acts in a supervisory capacity or is empowered to make discretionary decisions with respect to the operation of the well. "Key employee" does not include an employee who is exclusively engaged in any of the following: the physical or mechanical construction or operation of a well, physical or mechanical duties related to the transportation of brine, or in the physical or mechanical duties related to other activities authorized under this chapter.
Sec. 1509.06. (A) An application for a permit to drill a new well, drill an existing well deeper, reopen a well, convert a well to any use other than its original purpose, or plug back a well to a different source of supply, including associated production operations, shall be filed with the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management upon such form as the chief prescribes and shall contain each of the following that is applicable:
(1) The name and address of the owner and, if a corporation, the name and address of the statutory agent;
(2) The signature of the owner or the owner's authorized agent. When an authorized agent signs an application, it shall be accompanied by a certified copy of the appointment as such agent.
(3) The names and addresses of all persons holding the royalty interest in the tract upon which the well is located or is to be drilled or within a proposed drilling unit;
(4) The location of the tract or drilling unit on which the well is located or is to be drilled identified by section or lot number, city, village, township, and county;
(5) Designation of the well by name and number;
(6)(a) The geological formation to be tested or used and the proposed total depth of the well;
(b) If the well is for the injection of a liquid, identity of the geological formation to be used as the injection zone and the composition of the liquid to be injected.
(7) The type of drilling equipment to be used;
(8)(a) An identification, to the best of the owner's knowledge, of each proposed source of ground water and surface water that will be used in the production operations of the well. The identification of each proposed source of water shall indicate if the water will be withdrawn from the Lake Erie watershed or the Ohio river watershed. In addition, the owner shall provide, to the best of the owner's knowledge, the proposed estimated rate and volume of the water withdrawal for the production operations. If recycled water will be used in the production operations, the owner shall provide the estimated volume of recycled water to be used. The owner shall submit to the chief an update of any of the information that is required by division (A)(8)(a) of this section if any of that information changes before the chief issues a permit for the application.
(b) Except as provided in division (A)(8)(c) of this section, for an application for a permit to drill a new well within an urbanized area, the results of sampling of water wells within three hundred feet of the proposed well prior to commencement of drilling. In addition, the owner shall include a list that identifies the location of each water well where the owner of the property on which the water well is located denied the owner access to sample the water well. The sampling shall be conducted in accordance with the guidelines established in "Best Management Practices For Pre-drilling Water Sampling" in effect at the time that the application is submitted. The division shall furnish those guidelines upon request and shall make them available on the division's web site. If the chief determines that conditions at the proposed well site warrant a revision, the chief may revise the distance established in this division for purposes of pre-drilling water sampling.
(c) For an application for a permit to drill a new horizontal well, the results of sampling of water wells within one thousand five hundred feet of the proposed horizontal wellhead prior to commencement of drilling. In addition, the owner shall include a list that identifies the location of each water well where the owner of the property on which the water well is located denied the owner access to sample the water well. The sampling shall be conducted in accordance with the guidelines established in "Best Management Practices For Pre-drilling Water Sampling" in effect at the time that the application is submitted. The division shall furnish those guidelines upon request and shall make them available on the division's web site. If the chief determines that conditions at the proposed well site warrant a revision, the chief may revise the distance established in this division for purposes of pre-drilling water sampling.
(9) For an application for a permit to drill a new well within an urbanized area, a sworn statement that the applicant has provided notice by regular mail of the application to the owner of each parcel of real property that is located within five hundred feet of the surface location of the well and to the executive authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of the township, as applicable, in which the well is to be located. In addition, the notice shall contain a statement that informs an owner of real property who is required to receive the notice under division (A)(9) of this section that within five days of receipt of the notice, the owner is required to provide notice under section 1509.60 of the Revised Code to each residence in an occupied dwelling that is located on the owner's parcel of real property. The notice shall contain a statement that an application has been filed with the division of oil and gas resources management, identify the name of the applicant and the proposed well location, include the name and address of the division, and contain a statement that comments regarding the application may be sent to the division. The notice may be provided by hand delivery or regular mail. The identity of the owners of parcels of real property shall be determined using the tax records of the municipal corporation or county in which a parcel of real property is located as of the date of the notice.
(10) A plan for restoration of the land surface disturbed by drilling operations. The plan shall provide for compliance with the restoration requirements of division (A) of section 1509.072 of the Revised Code and any rules adopted by the chief pertaining to that restoration.
(11)(a) A description by name or number of the county, township, and municipal corporation roads, streets, and highways that the applicant anticipates will be used for access to and egress from the well site;
(b) For an application for a permit for a horizontal well, a copy of an agreement concerning maintenance and safe use of the roads, streets, and highways described in division (A)(11)(a) of this section entered into on reasonable terms with the public official that has the legal authority to enter into such maintenance and use agreements for each county, township, and municipal corporation, as applicable, in which any such road, street, or highway is located or an affidavit on a form prescribed by the chief attesting that the owner attempted in good faith to enter into an agreement under division (A)(11)(b) of this section with the applicable public official of each such county, township, or municipal corporation, but that no agreement was executed.
(12) Such other relevant information as the chief prescribes by rule.
Each application shall be accompanied by a map, on a scale not smaller than four hundred feet to the inch, prepared by an Ohio registered surveyor, showing the location of the well and containing such other data as may be prescribed by the chief. If the well is or is to be located within the excavations and workings of a mine, the map also shall include the location of the mine, the name of the mine, and the name of the person operating the mine.
(B) The chief shall cause a copy of the weekly circular prepared by the division to be provided to the county engineer of each county that contains active or proposed drilling activity. The weekly circular shall contain, in the manner prescribed by the chief, the names of all applicants for permits, the location of each well or proposed well, the information required by division (A)(11) of this section, and any additional information the chief prescribes. In addition, the chief promptly shall transfer an electronic copy or facsimile, or if those methods are not available to a municipal corporation or township, a copy via regular mail, of a drilling permit application to the clerk of the legislative authority of the municipal corporation or to the clerk of the township in which the well or proposed well is or is to be located if the legislative authority of the municipal corporation or the board of township trustees has asked to receive copies of such applications and the appropriate clerk has provided the chief an accurate, current electronic mailing address or facsimile number, as applicable.
(C)(1) Except as provided in division (C)(2) of this section, the chief shall not issue a permit for at least ten days after the date of filing of the application for the permit unless, upon reasonable cause shown, the chief waives that period or a request for expedited review is filed under this section. However, the chief shall issue a permit within twenty-one days of the filing of the application unless the chief denies the application by order.
(2) If the location of a well or proposed well will be or is within an urbanized area, the chief shall not issue a permit for at least eighteen days after the date of filing of the application for the permit unless, upon reasonable cause shown, the chief waives that period or the chief at the chief's discretion grants a request for an expedited review. However, the chief shall issue a permit for a well or proposed well within an urbanized area within thirty days of the filing of the application unless the chief denies the application by order.
(D) An applicant may file a request with the chief for expedited review of a permit application if the well is not or is not to be located in a gas storage reservoir or reservoir protective area, as "reservoir protective area" is defined in section 1571.01 of the Revised Code. If the well is or is to be located in a coal bearing township, the application shall be accompanied by the affidavit of the landowner prescribed in section 1509.08 of the Revised Code.
In addition to a complete application for a permit that meets the requirements of this section and the permit fee prescribed by this section, a request for expedited review shall be accompanied by a separate nonrefundable filing fee of two hundred fifty dollars. Upon the filing of a request for expedited review, the chief shall cause the county engineer of the county in which the well is or is to be located to be notified of the filing of the permit application and the request for expedited review by telephone or other means that in the judgment of the chief will provide timely notice of the application and request. The chief shall issue a permit within seven days of the filing of the request unless the chief denies the application by order. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section governing expedited review of permit applications, the chief may refuse to accept requests for expedited review if, in the chief's judgment, the acceptance of the requests would prevent the issuance, within twenty-one days of their filing, of permits for which applications are pending.
(E) A well shall be drilled and operated in accordance with the plans, sworn statements, and other information submitted in the approved application.
(F) The chief shall issue an order denying a permit if the chief finds that there is a substantial risk that the operation will result in violations of this chapter or rules adopted under it that will present an imminent danger to public health or safety or damage to the environment, provided that where the chief finds that terms or conditions to the permit can reasonably be expected to prevent such violations, the chief shall issue the permit subject to those terms or conditions, including, if applicable, terms and conditions regarding subjects identified in rules adopted under section 1509.03 of the Revised Code. The issuance of a permit shall not be considered an order of the chief.
The chief shall post notice of each permit that has been approved under this section on the division's web site not later than two business days after the application for a permit has been approved.
(G) Each application for a permit required by section 1509.05 of the Revised Code, except an application to plug back an existing well that is required by that section and an application for a well drilled or reopened for purposes of section 1509.22 of the Revised Code, also shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee as follows:
(1) Five hundred dollars for a permit to conduct activities in a township with a population of fewer than ten thousand;
(2) Seven hundred fifty dollars for a permit to conduct activities in a township with a population of ten thousand or more, but fewer than fifteen thousand;
(3) One thousand dollars for a permit to conduct activities in either of the following:
(a) A township with a population of fifteen thousand or more;
(b) A municipal corporation regardless of population.
(4) If the application is for a permit that requires mandatory pooling, an additional five thousand dollars.
For purposes of calculating fee amounts, populations shall be determined using the most recent federal decennial census.
Each application for the revision or reissuance of a permit shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of two hundred fifty dollars.
(H)(1) Prior to the commencement of well pad construction and prior to the issuance of a permit to drill a proposed horizontal well or a proposed well that is to be located in an urbanized area, the division shall conduct a site review to identify and evaluate any site-specific terms and conditions that may be attached to the permit. At the site review, a representative of the division shall consider fencing, screening, and landscaping requirements, if any, for similar structures in the community in which the well is proposed to be located. The terms and conditions that are attached to the permit shall include the establishment of fencing, screening, and landscaping requirements for the surface facilities of the proposed well, including a tank battery of the well.
(2) Prior to the issuance of a permit to drill a proposed well, the division shall conduct a review to identify and evaluate any site-specific terms and conditions that may be attached to the permit if the proposed well will be located in a one-hundred-year floodplain or within the five-year time of travel associated with a public drinking water supply.
(I) A permit shall be issued by the chief in accordance with this chapter. A permit issued under this section for a well that is or is to be located in an urbanized area shall be valid for twelve months, and all other permits issued under this section shall be valid for twenty-four months.
(J) An applicant or a permittee, as applicable, shall submit to the chief an update of the information that is required under division (A)(8)(a) of this section if any of that information changes prior to commencement of production operations.
(K) A permittee or a permittee's authorized representative shall notify an inspector from the division at least twenty-four hours, or another time period agreed to by the chief's authorized representative, prior to the commencement of well pad construction and of drilling, reopening, converting, well stimulation, or plugback operations.
Sec. 1509.08.  Upon receipt of an application for a permit required by section 1509.05 of the Revised Code, or upon receipt of an application for a permit to plug and abandon under section 1509.13 of the Revised Code, the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management shall determine whether the well is or is to be located in a coal bearing township.
Whether or not the well is or is to be located in a coal bearing township, the chief, by order, may refuse to issue a permit required by section 1509.05 of the Revised Code to any applicant who at the time of applying for the permit is in material or substantial violation of this chapter or rules adopted or orders issued under it. The chief shall refuse to issue a permit to any applicant who at the time of applying for the permit has been found liable by a final nonappealable order of a court of competent jurisdiction for damage to streets, roads, highways, bridges, culverts, or drainways pursuant to section 4513.34 or 5577.12 of the Revised Code until the applicant provides the chief with evidence of compliance with the order. No applicant shall attempt to circumvent this provision by applying for a permit under a different name or business organization name, by transferring responsibility to another person or entity, by abandoning the well or lease, or by any other similar act.
If the well is not or is not to be located in a coal bearing township, or if it is to be located in a coal bearing township, but the landowner submits an affidavit attesting to ownership of the property in fee simple, including the coal, and has no objection to the well, the chief shall issue the permit.
If the application to drill, reopen, or convert concerns a well that is or is to be located in a coal bearing township, the chief shall transmit to the chief of the division of mineral resources management two copies of the application and three copies of the map required in section 1509.06 of the Revised Code, except that, when the affidavit with the waiver of objection described above is submitted, the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management shall not transmit the copies.
The chief of the division of mineral resources management immediately shall notify the owner or lessee of any affected mine that the application has been filed and send to the owner or lessee two copies of the map accompanying the application setting forth the location of the well.
If the owner or lessee objects to the location of the well or objects to any location within fifty feet of the original location as a possible site for relocation of the well, the owner or lessee shall notify the chief of the division of mineral resources management of the objection, giving the reasons for the objection and, if applicable, indicating on a copy of the map the particular location or locations within fifty feet of the original location to which the owner or lessee objects as a site for possible relocation of the well, within six days after the receipt of the notice. If the chief receives no objections from the owner or lessee of the mine within ten days after the receipt of the notice by the owner or lessee, or if in the opinion of the chief the objections offered by the owner or lessee are not sufficiently well founded, the chief immediately shall notify the owner or lessee of those findings. The owner or lessee may appeal the decision of the chief to the reclamation commission under section 1513.13 of the Revised Code. The appeal shall be filed within fifteen days, notwithstanding provisions in divisions division (A)(1) of section 1513.13 of the Revised Code to the contrary, from the date on which the owner or lessee receives the notice. If the appeal is not filed within that time, the chief immediately shall approve the application, retain a copy of the application and map, and return a copy of the application to the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management with the approval noted on it. The chief of the division of oil and gas resources management then shall issue the permit if the provisions of this chapter pertaining to the issuance of such a permit have been complied with.
If the chief of the division of mineral resources management receives an objection from the owner or lessee of the mine as to the location of the well within ten days after receipt of the notice by the owner or lessee, and if in the opinion of the chief the objection is well founded, the chief shall disapprove the application and immediately return it to the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management together with the reasons for disapproval and a suggestion for a new location for the well, provided that the suggested new location shall not be a location within fifty feet of the original location to which the owner or lessee has objected as a site for possible relocation of the well if the chief of the division of mineral resources management has determined that the objection is well founded. The chief of the division of oil and gas resources management immediately shall notify the applicant for the permit of the disapproval and any suggestion made by the chief of the division of mineral resources management as to a new location for the well. The applicant may withdraw the application or amend the application to drill the well at the location suggested by the chief, or the applicant may appeal the disapproval of the application by the chief to the reclamation commission.
If the chief of the division of mineral resources management receives no objection from the owner or lessee of a mine as to the location of the well, but does receive an objection from the owner or lessee as to one or more locations within fifty feet of the original location as possible sites for relocation of the well within ten days after receipt of the notice by the owner or lessee, and if in the opinion of the chief the objection is well founded, the chief nevertheless shall approve the application and shall return it immediately to the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management together with the reasons for disapproving any of the locations to which the owner or lessee objects as possible sites for the relocation of the well. The chief of the division of oil and gas resources management then shall issue a permit if the provisions of this chapter pertaining to the issuance of such a permit have been complied with, incorporating as a term or condition of the permit that the applicant is prohibited from commencing drilling at any location within fifty feet of the original location that has been disapproved by the chief of the division of mineral resources management. The applicant may appeal to the reclamation commission the terms and conditions of the permit prohibiting the commencement of drilling at any such location disapproved by the chief of the division of mineral resources management.
Any such appeal shall be filed within fifteen days, notwithstanding provisions in division (A)(1) of section 1513.13 of the Revised Code to the contrary, from the date the applicant receives notice of the disapproval of the application, any other location within fifty feet of the original location, or terms or conditions of the permit, or the owner or lessee receives notice of the chief's decision. No approval or disapproval of an application shall be delayed by the chief of the division of mineral resources management for more than fifteen days from the date of sending the notice of the application to the mine owner or lessee as required by this section.
All appeals provided for in this section shall be treated as expedited appeals. The reclamation commission shall hear any such appeal in accordance with section 1513.13 of the Revised Code and issue a decision within thirty days of the filing of the notice of appeal.
The chief of the division of oil and gas resources management shall not issue a permit to drill a new well or reopen a well that is or is to be located within three hundred feet of any opening of any mine used as a means of ingress, egress, or ventilation for persons employed in the mine, nor within one hundred feet of any building or inflammable structure connected with the mine and actually used as a part of the operating equipment of the mine, unless the chief of the division of mineral resources management determines that life or property will not be endangered by drilling and operating the well in that location.
The chief of the division of mineral resources management may suspend the drilling or reopening of a well in a coal bearing township after determining that the drilling or reopening activities present an imminent and substantial threat to public health or safety or to miners' health or safety and having been unable to contact the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management to request an order of suspension under section 1509.06 of the Revised Code. Before issuing a suspension order for that purpose, the chief of the division of mineral resources management shall notify the owner in a manner that in the chief's judgment would provide reasonable notification that the chief intends to issue a suspension order. The chief may issue such an order without prior notification if reasonable attempts to notify the owner have failed, but in that event notification shall be given as soon thereafter as practical. Within five calendar days after the issuance of the order, the chief shall provide the owner an opportunity to be heard and to present evidence that the activities do not present an imminent and substantial threat to public health or safety or to miners' health or safety. If, after considering the evidence presented by the owner, the chief determines that the activities do not present such a threat, the chief shall revoke the suspension order. An owner may appeal a suspension order issued by the chief of the division of mineral resources management under this section to the reclamation commission in accordance with section 1513.13 of the Revised Code or may appeal the order directly to the court of common pleas of the county in which the well is located.
Sec. 1509.061 1509.091 An owner of a well who has been issued a permit under section 1509.06 of the Revised Code may submit to the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management, on a form prescribed by the chief, a request to revise an existing tract upon which exists a producing or idle well. The chief shall adopt, and may amend and rescind, rules under section 1509.03 of the Revised Code that are necessary for the administration of this section. The rules at least shall stipulate the information to be included on the request form and shall establish a fee to be paid by the person submitting the request, which fee shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars.
The chief shall approve a request submitted under this section unless it would result in a violation of this chapter or rules adopted under it, including provisions establishing spacing or minimum acreage requirements.
Sec. 1509.11. (A)(1) The owner of any well, except a horizontal well, that is producing or capable of producing oil or gas shall file with the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management, on or before the thirty-first day of March, a statement of production of oil, gas, and brine for the last preceding calendar year in such form as the chief may prescribe. An owner that has more than one hundred such wells in this state shall submit electronically the statement of production in a format that is approved by the chief. The chief shall include on the form, at the minimum, a request for the submittal of the information that a person who is regulated under this chapter is required to submit under the "Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986," 100 Stat. 1728, 42 U.S.C.A. 11001, and regulations adopted under it, and that the division of oil and gas resources management does not obtain through other reporting mechanisms.
(2) The owner of any horizontal well that is producing or capable of producing oil or gas shall file with the chief, on the forty-fifth day following the close of each calendar quarter, a statement of production of oil, gas, and brine for the preceding calendar quarter in a form that the chief prescribes. An owner that has more than one hundred horizontal wells in this state shall submit electronically the statement of production in a format that is approved by the chief. The chief shall include on the form, at a minimum, a request for the submittal of the information that a person who is regulated under this chapter is required to submit under the "Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986," 100 Stat. 1728, 42 U.S.C. 11001, and regulations adopted under it, and that the division does not obtain through other reporting mechanisms.
(B) The chief shall not disclose information received from the department of taxation under division (C)(12) of section 5703.21 of the Revised Code until the related statement of production required by division (A) of this section is filed with the chief.
Sec. 1509.222.  (A)(1) Except as provided in section 1509.226 of the Revised Code, no person shall transport brine by vehicle in this state unless the business entity that employs the person first registers with and obtains a registration certificate and identification number from the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management.
(2) No more than one registration certificate shall be required of any business entity. Registration certificates issued under this section are not transferable. An applicant shall file an application with the chief, containing such information in such form as the chief prescribes. The application shall include at least all of the following:
(a) A list that identifies each pipeline, vehicle, vessel, railcar, and container that will be used in the transportation of brine;
(b) A plan for disposal that provides for compliance with the requirements of this chapter and rules of the chief pertaining to the transportation of brine by vehicle and the disposal of brine so transported and that lists all disposal sites that the applicant intends to use;
(c) The bond required by section 1509.225 of the Revised Code;
(d) A certificate issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in this state certifying that the applicant has in force a liability insurance policy in an amount not less than three hundred thousand dollars bodily injury coverage and three hundred thousand dollars property damage coverage to pay damages for injury to persons or property caused by the collecting, handling, transportation, or disposal of brine.
The insurance policy required by division (A)(2)(d) of this section shall be maintained in effect during the term of the registration certificate. The policy or policies providing the coverage shall require the insurance company to give notice to the chief if the policy or policies lapse for any reason. Upon such termination of the policy, the chief may suspend the registration certificate until proper insurance coverage is obtained.
(3) Each application for a registration certificate shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of five hundred dollars.
(4) If a business entity that has been issued a registration certificate under this section changes its name due to a business reorganization or merger, the business entity shall revise the bond or certificates of deposit required by section 1509.225 of the Revised Code and obtain a new certificate from an insurance company in accordance with division (A)(2)(e)(d) of this section to reflect the change in the name of the business entity.
(B) The chief shall issue an order denying an application for a registration certificate if the chief finds that either of the following applies:
(1) The applicant, at the time of applying for the registration certificate, has been found liable by a final nonappealable order of a court of competent jurisdiction for damage to streets, roads, highways, bridges, culverts, or drainways pursuant to section 4513.34 or 5577.12 of the Revised Code until the applicant provides the chief with evidence of compliance with the order.
(2) The applicant's plan for disposal does not provide for compliance with the requirements of this chapter and rules of the chief pertaining to the transportation of brine by vehicle and the disposal of brine so transported.
(C) No applicant shall attempt to circumvent division (B) of this section by applying for a registration certificate under a different name or business organization name, by transferring responsibility to another person or entity, or by any similar act.
(D) A registered transporter shall not allow any other person to use the transporter's registration certificate to transport brine.
(E) A registered transporter shall apply to revise a disposal plan under procedures that the chief shall prescribe by rule. However, at a minimum, an application for a revision shall list all sources and disposal sites of brine currently transported. The chief shall deny any application for a revision of a plan under this division if the chief finds that the proposed revised plan does not provide for compliance with the requirements of this chapter and rules of the chief pertaining to the transportation of brine by vehicle and the disposal of brine so transported. Approvals and denials of revisions shall be by order of the chief.
(E)(F) The chief may adopt rules, issue orders, and attach terms and conditions to registration certificates as may be necessary to administer, implement, and enforce sections 1509.222 to 1509.226 of the Revised Code for protection of public health or safety or conservation of natural resources.
Sec. 1509.223.  (A)(1) No permit holder or owner of a well shall enter into an agreement with or permit any person to transport brine produced from the well who is not registered pursuant to section 1509.222 of the Revised Code or exempt from registration under section 1509.226 of the Revised Code.
(2) No permit holder or owner of a well for which a permit has been issued under division (D) of section 1509.22 of the Revised Code shall enter into an agreement with or permit any person who is not registered pursuant to section 1509.222 of the Revised Code to dispose of brine at the well.
(B) Each registered transporter shall file with the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management, on or before the fifteenth day of April, a statement concerning brine transported, including quantities transported and source and delivery points, during the last preceding calendar year, and such other information in such form as the chief may prescribe.
(C) Each registered transporter shall keep on each vehicle, vessel, railcar, and container used to transport brine a daily log and have it available upon the request of the chief or, an authorized representative of the chief, or a peace officer. In addition, each registered transporter shall keep a daily log for each pipeline used to transport brine and have it available upon the request of the chief, an authorized representative of the chief, or a peace officer. The log shall, at a minimum, include all of the following information:
(1) The name of the owner or owners of the well or wells producing the brine to be transported;
(2) The date and time the brine is loaded or transported through a pipeline, as applicable;
(3) The name of the driver, if applicable;
(4) The amount of brine loaded at each collection point or the amount of brine transported through a pipeline, as applicable;
(5) The disposal location;
(6) The date and time the brine is disposed of and the amount of brine disposed of at each location.
The chief, by rule, may establish procedures for the electronic submission to the chief of the information that is required to be included in the a daily log. No registered transporter shall falsify or fail to keep or submit the a log required by this division.
(D) Each registered transporter shall legibly identify with reflective paints all vehicles, vessels, railcars, and containers employed in transporting or disposing of brine. Letters shall be no less than four inches in height and shall indicate the identification number issued by the chief, the word "brine," and the name and telephone number of the transporter.
Each registered transporter shall legibly identify each pipeline employed in transporting or disposing of brine on the surface of the ground in a manner similar to the identification of underground gas lines. The identification shall include the identification number issued by the chief, the word "brine," and the name and telephone number of the transporter.
(E) The chief shall maintain and keep a current list of persons registered to transport brine under section 1509.222 of the Revised Code. The list shall be open to public inspection. It is an affirmative defense to a charge under division (A) of this section that at the time the permit holder or owner of a well entered into an agreement with or permitted a person to transport or dispose of brine, the person was shown on the list as currently registered to transport brine.
Sec. 1509.23.  (A) Rules of the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management may specify practices to be followed in the drilling and treatment of wells, production of oil and gas, and plugging of wells for protection of public health or safety or to prevent damage to natural resources, including specification of the following:
(1)(A) Appropriate devices;
(2)(B) Minimum distances that wells and other excavations, structures, and equipment shall be located from water wells, streets, roads, highways, rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, other bodies of water, railroad tracks, public or private recreational areas, zoning districts, and buildings or other structures. Rules adopted under this division (A)(2) of this section shall not conflict with section 1509.021 of the Revised Code.
(3)(C) Other methods of operation;
(4)(D) Procedures, methods, and equipment and other requirements for equipment to prevent and contain discharges of oil and brine from oil production facilities and oil drilling and workover facilities consistent with and equivalent in scope, content, and coverage to section 311(j)(1)(c) of the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972," 86 Stat. 886, 33 U.S.C.A. 1251, as amended, and regulations adopted under it. In addition, the rules may specify procedures, methods, and equipment and other requirements for equipment to prevent and contain surface and subsurface discharges of fluids, condensates, and gases.
(5)(E) Notifications;
(6)(F) Requirements governing the location and construction of fresh water impoundments that are part of a production operation.
(B) The chief, in consultation with the emergency response commission created in section 3750.02 of the Revised Code, shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that specify the information that shall be included in an electronic database that the chief shall create and host. The information shall be that which the chief considers to be appropriate for the purpose of responding to emergency situations that pose a threat to public health or safety or the environment. At the minimum, the information shall include that which a person who is regulated under this chapter is required to submit under the "Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986," 100 Stat. 1728, 42 U.S.C.A. 11001, and regulations adopted under it.
In addition, the rules shall specify whether and to what extent the database and the information that it contains will be made accessible to the public. The rules shall ensure that the database will be made available via the internet or a system of computer disks to the emergency response commission and to every local emergency planning committee and fire department in this state.
Sec. 1509.27.  If a tract of land is of insufficient size or shape to meet the requirements for drilling a well thereon as provided in section 1509.24 or 1509.25 of the Revised Code, whichever is applicable, and the owner of the tract who also is the owner of the mineral interest has been unable to form a drilling unit under agreement as provided in section 1509.26 of the Revised Code, on a just and equitable basis, such an owner may make application to the division of oil and gas resources management for a mandatory pooling order.
The application shall include information as shall be reasonably required by the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management and shall be accompanied by an application for a permit as required by section 1509.05 of the Revised Code. The chief shall notify all mineral rights owners of land tracts within the area proposed to be pooled by an order and included within the drilling unit of the filing of the application and of their right to a hearing. After the hearing or after the expiration of thirty days from the date notice of application was mailed to such owners, the chief, if satisfied that the application is proper in form and that mandatory pooling is necessary to protect correlative rights and to provide effective development, use, and conservation of oil and gas, shall issue a drilling permit and a mandatory pooling order complying with the requirements for drilling a well as provided in section 1509.24 or 1509.25 of the Revised Code, whichever is applicable. The mandatory pooling order shall:
(A) Designate the boundaries of the drilling unit within which the well shall be drilled;
(B) Designate the proposed production site;
(C) Describe each separately owned tract or part thereof pooled by the order;
(D) Allocate on a surface acreage basis a pro rata portion of the production to the owner of each tract pooled by the order. The pro rata portion shall be in the same proportion that the percentage of the owner's tract's acreage is to the state minimum acreage requirements established in rules adopted under this chapter for a drilling unit unless the applicant demonstrates to the chief using geological evidence that the geologic structure containing the oil or gas is larger than the minimum acreage requirement in which case the pro rata portion shall be in the same proportion that the percentage of the owner's tract's acreage is to the geologic structure.
(E) Specify the basis upon which each mineral rights owner of a tract pooled by the order shall share all reasonable costs and expenses of drilling and producing if the mineral rights owner elects to participate in the drilling and operation of the well;
(F) Designate the person to whom the permit shall be issued.
A person shall not submit more than five applications for mandatory pooling orders per year under this section unless otherwise approved by the chief.
No surface operations or disturbances to the surface of the land shall occur on a tract pooled by an order without the written consent of or a written agreement with the surface rights owner of the tract that approves the operations or disturbances.
If an a mineral rights owner of a tract pooled by the order does not elect to participate in the risk and cost of the drilling and operation of a well, the mineral rights owner shall be designated as a nonparticipating owner in the drilling and operation of the well on a limited or carried basis and is subject to terms and conditions determined by the chief to be just and reasonable. In addition, if an a mineral rights owner is designated as a nonparticipating owner, the mineral rights owner is not liable for actions or conditions associated with the drilling or operation of the well. If the applicant bears the costs of drilling, equipping, and operating a well for the benefit of a nonparticipating owner, as provided for in the pooling order, then the applicant shall be entitled to the share of production from the drilling unit accruing to the interest of that nonparticipating owner, exclusive of the nonparticipating owner's proportionate share of the royalty interest until there has been received the share of costs charged to that nonparticipating owner plus such additional percentage of the share of costs as the chief shall determine. The total amount receivable hereunder shall in no event exceed two hundred per cent of the share of costs charged to that nonparticipating owner. After receipt of that share of costs by such an applicant, a nonparticipating owner shall receive a proportionate share of the working interest in the well in addition to a proportionate share of the royalty interest, if any.
If there is a dispute as to costs of drilling, equipping, or operating a well, the chief shall determine those costs.
Sec. 1509.33.  (A) Whoever violates sections 1509.01 to 1509.31 of the Revised Code, or any rules adopted or orders or terms or conditions of a permit or registration certificate issued pursuant to these sections for which no specific penalty is provided in this section, shall pay a civil penalty of not more than four ten thousand dollars for each offense.
(B) Whoever violates section 1509.221 of the Revised Code or any rules adopted or orders or terms or conditions of a permit issued thereunder shall pay a civil penalty of not more than two ten thousand five hundred dollars for each violation.
(C) Whoever violates division (D) of section 1509.22 or division (A)(1) of section 1509.222 of the Revised Code shall pay a civil penalty of not less than two thousand five hundred dollars nor more than twenty thousand dollars for each violation.
(D) Whoever violates division (A) of section 1509.22 of the Revised Code shall pay a civil penalty of not less than two thousand five hundred dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars for each violation.
(E) Whoever violates division (A) of section 1509.223 of the Revised Code shall pay a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars for each violation.
(F) Whoever violates section 1509.072 of the Revised Code or any rules adopted or orders issued to administer, implement, or enforce that section shall pay a civil penalty of not more than five thousand dollars for each violation.
(G) In addition to any other penalties provided in this chapter, whoever violates section 1509.05, section 1509.21, division (B) of section 1509.22, or division (A)(1) of section 1509.222 of the Revised Code or a term or condition of a permit or an order issued by the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management under this chapter or knowingly violates division (A) of section 1509.223 of the Revised Code is liable for any damage or injury caused by the violation and for the cost of rectifying the violation and conditions caused by the violation. If two or more persons knowingly violate one or more of those divisions in connection with the same event, activity, or transaction, they are jointly and severally liable under this division.
(H) The attorney general, upon the request of the chief of the division of oil and gas resources management, shall commence an action under this section against any person who violates sections 1509.01 to 1509.31 of the Revised Code, or any rules adopted or orders or terms or conditions of a permit or registration certificate issued pursuant to these sections. Any action under this section is a civil action, governed by the Rules of Civil Procedure and other rules of practice and procedure applicable to civil actions. The remedy provided in this division is cumulative and concurrent with any other remedy provided in this chapter, and the existence or exercise of one remedy does not prevent the exercise of any other, except that no person shall be subject to both a civil penalty under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this section and a criminal penalty under fine established in section 1509.99 of the Revised Code for the same offense.
(I) For purposes of this section, each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.
Sec. 1509.99.  (A) Whoever violates sections 1509.01 to 1509.31 of the Revised Code or any rules adopted or orders or terms or conditions of a permit issued pursuant to these sections for which no specific penalty is provided in this section shall be fined not less than one five hundred nor more than one five thousand dollars and imprisoned for not more than six months for a first offense; for each subsequent offense the person shall be fined not less than two hundred one thousand nor more than two ten thousand dollars and imprisoned for not more than one year.
(B) Whoever violates section 1509.221 of the Revised Code or any rules adopted or orders or terms or conditions of a permit issued thereunder shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars for each day of each violation.
(C) Whoever knowingly violates section 1509.072, division (A), (B), or (D) of section 1509.22, division (A)(1) or (C) of section 1509.222, or division (A) or (D) of section 1509.223 of the Revised Code or any rules adopted or orders issued under division (C) of section 1509.22 or rules adopted or orders or terms or conditions of a registration certificate issued under division (E)(F) of section 1509.222 of the Revised Code is guilty of a felony and shall be fined not less than ten thousand dollars nor more than fifty thousand dollars or imprisoned for six months three years, or both for a first offense; for each subsequent offense the person shall be fined not less than twenty thousand dollars nor more than one hundred thousand dollars or imprisoned for two six years, or both. Whoever negligently violates those divisions, sections, rules, orders, or terms or conditions of a registration certificate is guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more less than five thousand dollars nor more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both; for each subsequent offense the person shall be fined not less than ten thousand dollars nor more than fifty thousand dollars or imprisoned for two years, or both.
(D) Whoever negligently violates division (C) of section 1509.223 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than five hundred one thousand dollars for a first offense and not more than one ten thousand dollars for a subsequent offense.
(E) If a person is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of any section of this chapter, in addition to the financial sanctions authorized by this chapter or section 2929.18 or 2929.28 or any other section of the Revised Code, the court imposing the sentence on the person may order the person to reimburse the state agency or a political subdivision for any response costs that it incurred in responding to the violation, including the cost of rectifying the violation and conditions caused by the violation.
(F) The prosecuting attorney of the county in which the offense was committed or the attorney general may prosecute an action under this section.
(F)(G) For purposes of this section, each day of violation constitutes a separate offense.
Sec. 1511.01.  For the purposes of As used in this chapter:
(A) "Conservation" means the wise use and management of natural resources.
(B) "Critical natural resource area" means an area identified by the director of natural resources in which occurs a natural resource that requires special management because of its importance to the well-being of the surrounding communities, the region, or the state.
(C) "Pollution Erosion and sediment abatement practice" means any erosion control or animal waste pollution abatement facility, and sediment reduction structure, practice, or procedure and the design, operation, and management associated with it as contained in operation and management plans developed or approved by the chief of the division of soil and water resources or by boards of supervisors of soil and water conservation districts established under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code.
(D) "Agricultural Sediment pollution" means failure to use management or conservation practices in farming or silvicultural operations to abate wind or water erosion of the soil or to abate that may result in the degradation of the waters of the state by animal waste or soil sediment, including attached substances attached thereto.
(E) "Waters of the state" means all streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, watercourses, waterways, wells, springs, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and all other bodies or accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural or artificial, regardless of the depth of the strata in which underground water is located, that are situated wholly or partly within, or border upon, this state or are within its jurisdiction, except those private waters that do not combine or effect a junction with natural surface or underground waters.
(F) "Operation and management plan" means a written record, developed or approved by the district board of supervisors of a soil and water conservation district or the chief, for the owner or operator of agricultural land or a concentrated animal feeding operation that contains implementation schedules and operational procedures for a level of management and pollution erosion and sediment abatement practices that will abate the degradation of the waters of the state by animal waste and by soil sediment, including attached pollutants.
(G) "Animal waste" means animal excreta, discarded products, bedding, wash waters, waste feed, and silage drainage. "Animal waste" also includes the compost products resulting from the composting of dead animals in operations subject to section 1511.022 of the Revised Code when either of the following applies:
(1) The composting is conducted by the person who raises the animals and the compost product is used in agricultural operations owned or operated by that person, regardless of whether the person owns the animals;
(2) The composting is conducted by the person who owns the animals, but does not raise them and the compost product is used in agricultural operations either by a person who raises the animals or by a person who raises grain that is used to feed them and that is supplied by the owner of the animals.
(H) "Composting" means the controlled decomposition of organic solid material consisting of dead animals that stabilizes the organic fraction of the material "Soil erosion management plan" means a written record, developed or approved by the board of supervisors of a soil and water conservation district or the chief, that may contain implementation schedules and operational procedures for a level of land and water management that will abate wind or water erosion of the soil or abate the degradation of the waters of the state by sediment from agricultural operations.
(H) "Soil and water conservation district" has the same meaning as in section 1515.01 of the Revised Code.
(I) "Timber harvest plan" means a written record, developed or approved by the board of supervisors of a soil and water conservation district or the chief, that may contain implementation schedules and operational procedures for a level of land and water management that will abate wind or water erosion of the soil or abate the degradation of the waters of the state by sediment from timber operations.
Sec. 1511.02.  The chief of the division of soil and water resources, subject to the approval of the director of natural resources, shall do all of the following:
(A) Provide administrative leadership to local soil and water conservation districts in planning, budgeting, staffing, and administering district programs and the training of district supervisors and personnel in their duties, responsibilities, and authorities as prescribed in this chapter and Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code;
(B) Administer this chapter and Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code pertaining to state responsibilities and provide staff assistance to the Ohio soil and water conservation commission in exercising its statutory responsibilities;
(C) Assist in expediting state responsibilities for watershed development and other natural resource conservation works of improvement;
(D) Coordinate the development and implementation of cooperative programs and working agreements between local soil and water conservation districts and divisions or sections of the department of natural resources, or other agencies of local, state, and federal government;
(E) Subject to the approval of the Ohio soil and water conservation commission, adopt, amend, or rescind rules pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Rules adopted pursuant to this section:
(1) Shall establish technically feasible and economically reasonable standards to achieve a level of management and conservation practices in farming or silvicultural operations that will abate wind or water erosion of the soil or abate the degradation of the waters of the state by animal waste or by soil sediment, including attached substances attached thereto, and establish criteria for determination of the acceptability of such management and conservation practices;
(2) Shall establish technically feasible and economically reasonable standards to achieve a level of management and conservation practices that will abate wind or water erosion of the soil or abate the degradation of the waters of the state by soil sediment in conjunction with land grading, excavating, filling, or other soil-disturbing activities on land used or being developed for nonfarm commercial, industrial, residential, or other nonfarm purposes, and establish criteria for determination of the acceptability of such management and conservation practices. The standards shall be designed to implement applicable areawide waste treatment management plans prepared under section 208 of the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act," 86 Stat. 816 (1972), 33 U.S.C.A. 1288, as amended. The standards and criteria shall not apply in any municipal corporation or county that adopts ordinances or rules pertaining to sediment control, nor to lands being used in a strip mine operation as defined in section 1513.01 of the Revised Code, nor to lands being used in a surface mining operation as defined in section 1514.01 of the Revised Code.
(3) May recommend criteria and procedures for the approval of urban sediment pollution abatement plans and issuance of permits prior to any grading, excavating, filling, or other whole or partial disturbance of five or more contiguous acres of land owned by one person or operated as one development unit and require implementation of such a plan. Areas of less than five contiguous acres are not exempt from compliance with other provisions of this chapter and rules adopted under them.
(4) Shall establish procedures for administration of rules for agricultural sediment pollution abatement and urban sediment pollution abatement and for enforcement of rules for agricultural pollution abatement;
(5) Shall specify the pollution erosion and sediment abatement practices eligible for state cost sharing and determine the conditions for eligibility, the construction standards and specifications, the useful life, the maintenance requirements, and the limits of cost sharing for those practices. Eligible practices shall be limited to practices that address agricultural or silvicultural operations and that require expenditures that are likely to exceed the economic returns to the owner or operator and that abate soil erosion or degradation of the waters of the state by animal waste or soil sediment, including attached pollutants attached thereto.
(6) Shall establish procedures for administering grants to owners or operators of agricultural land or concentrated animal feeding operations for the implementation of operation and management plans;
(7) Shall establish procedures for administering grants to soil and water conservation districts for urban sediment pollution abatement programs, specify the types of projects eligible for grants, establish limits on the availability of grants, and establish requirements governing the execution of projects to encourage the reduction of erosion and sedimentation associated with soil-disturbing activities;
(8) Shall do all of the following with regard to composting conducted in conjunction with agricultural operations:
(a) Provide for the distribution of educational material concerning composting to the offices of OSU extension for the purposes of section 1511.022 of the Revised Code;
(b) Establish methods, techniques, or practices for composting dead animals, or particular types of dead animals, that are to be used at such operations, as the chief considers to be necessary or appropriate;
(c) Establish requirements and procedures governing the review and approval or disapproval of composting plans by the supervisors of soil and water conservation districts under division (Q) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code.
(9) Shall be adopted, amended, or rescinded after the chief does all of the following:
(a) Mails notice to each statewide organization that the chief determines represents persons or local governmental agencies who would be affected by the proposed rule, amendment thereto, or rescission thereof at least thirty-five days before any public hearing thereon;
(b) Mails a copy of each proposed rule, amendment thereto, or rescission thereof to any person who requests a copy, within five days after receipt of the request;
(c) Consults with appropriate state and local governmental agencies or their representatives, including statewide organizations of local governmental officials, industrial representatives, and other interested persons;
(d) If the rule relates to agricultural pollution abatement, develops an economic impact statement concerning the effect of the proposed rule or amendment.
(10)(9) Shall not conflict with air or water quality standards adopted pursuant to section 3704.03 or 6111.041 of the Revised Code. Compliance with rules adopted pursuant to this section does not affect liability for noncompliance with air or water quality standards adopted pursuant to section 3704.03 or 6111.041 of the Revised Code. The application of a level of management and conservation practices recommended under this section to control windblown soil from farming operations creates a presumption of compliance with section 3704.03 of the Revised Code as that section applies to windblown soil.
(11)(10) Insofar as the rules relate to urban sediment pollution, shall not be applicable in a municipal corporation or county that adopts ordinances or rules for urban sediment control, except that a municipal corporation or county that adopts such ordinances or rules may receive moneys for urban sediment control that are disbursed by the board of supervisors of the applicable soil and water conservation district under division (N)(O) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code. The rules shall not exempt any person from compliance with municipal ordinances enacted pursuant to Section 3 of Article XVIII, Ohio Constitution.
(F) Cost share with landowners on practices established pursuant to division (E)(5) of this section as moneys are appropriated and available for that purpose. Any practice for which cost share is provided shall be maintained for its useful life. Failure to maintain a cost share practice for its useful life shall subject the landowner to full repayment to the division.
(G) Issue orders requiring compliance with any rule adopted under division (E)(1) of this section or with section 1511.022 of the Revised Code. Before the chief issues an order, the chief shall afford each person allegedly liable an adjudication hearing under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The chief may require in an order that a person who has caused agricultural sediment pollution by failure to comply with the standards established under division (E)(1) of this section operate under an operation and management plan approved by the chief under this section. The chief shall require in an order that a person who has failed to comply with division (A) of section 1511.022 of the Revised Code prepare a composting plan in accordance with rules adopted under division (E)(10)(c) of this section and operate in accordance with that plan or that a person who has failed to operate in accordance with such a plan begin to operate in accordance with it. Each order shall be issued in writing and contain a finding by the chief of the facts upon which the order is based and the standard that is not being met.
(H) Employ field assistants and such other employees as are necessary for the performance of the work prescribed by Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code, for performance of work of the division, and as agreed to under working agreements or contractual arrangements with local soil and water conservation districts, prescribe their duties, and fix their compensation in accordance with such schedules as are provided by law for the compensation of state employees.
All employees of the division, unless specifically exempted by law, shall be employed subject to the classified civil service laws in force at the time of employment.
(I) In connection with new or relocated projects involving highways, underground cables, pipelines, railroads, and other improvements affecting soil and water resources, including surface and subsurface drainage:
(1) Provide engineering service as is mutually agreeable to the Ohio soil and water conservation commission and the director to aid in the design and installation of soil and water conservation practices as a necessary component of such projects;
(2) Maintain close liaison between the owners of lands on which the projects are executed, local soil and water conservation districts, and authorities responsible for such projects;
(3) Review plans for such projects to ensure their compliance with standards developed under division (E) of this section in cooperation with the department of transportation or with any other interested agency that is engaged in soil or water conservation projects in the state in order to minimize adverse impacts on soil and water resources adjacent to or otherwise affected by these projects;
(4) Recommend measures to retard erosion and protect soil and water resources through the installation of water impoundment or other soil and water conservation practices;
(5) Cooperate with other agencies and subdivisions of the state to protect the agricultural status of rural lands adjacent to such projects and control adverse impacts on soil and water resources.
(J) Collect, analyze, inventory, and interpret all available information pertaining to the origin, distribution, extent, use, and conservation of the soil resources of the state;
(K) Prepare and maintain up-to-date reports, maps, and other materials pertaining to the soil resources of the state and their use and make that information available to governmental agencies, public officials, conservation entities, and the public;
(L) Provide soil and water conservation districts with technical assistance, including on-site soil investigations and soil interpretation reports on the suitability or limitations of soil to support a particular use or to plan soil conservation measures. The assistance shall be upon such terms as are mutually agreeable to the districts and the department of natural resources.
(M) Assist local government officials in utilizing land use planning and zoning, current agricultural use value assessment, development reviews, and land management activities;
(N) When necessary for the purposes of this chapter or Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code, develop or approve operation and management plans.
This section does not restrict the excrement of domestic or farm animals defecated on land outside a concentrated animal feeding operation or runoff therefrom into the waters of the state.
Sec. 1511.021.  (A)(1) Any person who owns or operates agricultural land or a concentrated animal feeding operation may develop and operate under an operation and management plan approved by the chief of the division of soil and water resources under section 1511.02 of the Revised Code or by the supervisors of the local applicable soil and water conservation district under section 1515.08 of the Revised Code.
(2) An operation and management plan developed under division (A)(1) of this section, developed by the chief under section 1511.02 of the Revised Code or by the supervisors of a soil and water conservation district under section 1515.08 of the Revised Code, or required by an order issued by the chief under division (G) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code may include a soil erosion management plan, a timber harvest plan, or both.
(B) Any person who wishes to make a complaint regarding nuisances involving agricultural sediment pollution may do so orally or by submitting a written, signed, and dated complaint to the chief or to the chief's designee. After receiving an oral complaint, the chief or the chief's designee may cause an investigation to be conducted to determine whether agricultural sediment pollution has occurred or is imminent. After receiving a written, signed, and dated complaint, the chief or the chief's designee shall cause such an investigation to be conducted.
(C) In a private civil action for nuisances involving agricultural sediment pollution, it is an affirmative defense if the person owning, operating, or otherwise responsible for agricultural land or a concentrated animal feeding operation is operating under and in substantial compliance with an approved operation and management plan developed under division (A) of this section, with an operation and management plan developed by the chief under section 1511.02 of the Revised Code or by the supervisors of the local applicable soil and water conservation district under section 1515.08 of the Revised Code, or with an operation and management plan required by an order issued by the chief under division (G) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code. Nothing in this section is in derogation of the authority granted to the chief in division (E) of section 1511.02 and in section 1511.07 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 1511.023.  (A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, the director of natural resources, an employee of the department of natural resources, the supervisors of a soil and water conservation district, an employee of a district, and a contractor of the department or a district shall not disclose either of the following:
(1) Information, including data from geographic information systems and global positioning systems, provided by a person who owns or operates agricultural land and operates under an operation and management plan;
(2) Information gathered as a result of an inspection of agricultural land to determine whether the person who owns or operates the land is in compliance with an operation and management plan.
(B) The director or the supervisors of a district may release or disclose information specified in division (A)(1) or (2) of this section to a person or a federal, state, or local agency working in cooperation with the chief of the division of soil and water resources or the supervisors in the development of an operation and management plan or an inspection to determine compliance with such a plan if the director or supervisors determine that the person or federal, state, or local agency will not subsequently disclose the information to another person.
Sec. 1511.05.  The chief of the division of soil and water resources, subject to approval of the terms of the agreement by the Ohio soil and water conservation commission, shall enter into cooperative agreements with the board of supervisors of any soil and water conservation district desiring to enter into such agreements pursuant to section 1515.08 of the Revised Code. Such agreements shall be entered into to obtain compliance with rules and orders of the chief pertaining to agricultural sediment pollution abatement and urban sediment pollution abatement.
The chief or any person designated by the chief may upon obtaining agreement with the owner, tenant, or manager of any land, public or private, enter thereon to make inspections to determine whether or not there is compliance with the rules adopted under division (E)(1) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code. Upon reason to believe there is a violation, the chief or the chief's designee may apply for and a judge of the court of common pleas for the county where the land is located may issue an appropriate inspection warrant as necessary to achieve the purposes of this chapter.
Sec. 1511.07.  (A)(1) No person shall fail to comply with an order of the chief of the division of soil and water resources issued pursuant to division (G) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code.
(2) In addition to the remedies provided and irrespective of whether an adequate remedy at law exists, the chief may apply to the court of common pleas in the county where a violation of a standard established under division (E)(1) or (8)(b) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code causes pollution of the waters of the state for an order to compel the violator to cease the violation and to remove the agricultural pollutant or to comply with the rules adopted under division (E)(8)(b) of that section, as appropriate comply with the standards established under that division.
(3) In addition to the remedies provided and irrespective of whether an adequate remedy at law exists, whenever the chief officially determines that an emergency exists because of an unauthorized release, spill, or discharge of animal waste, or a violation of a rule adopted under division (E)(8)(b) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code, sediment pollution that causes pollution of the waters of the state, the chief may, without notice or hearing, issue an order reciting the existence of the emergency and requiring that necessary action be taken to meet the emergency. The order shall be effective immediately. Any person to whom the order is directed shall comply with the order immediately, but on application to the chief shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible, but not later than twenty days after making the application. On the basis of the hearing, the chief shall continue the order in effect, revoke it, or modify it. No emergency order shall remain in effect for more than sixty days after its issuance. If a person to whom an order is issued does not comply with the order within a reasonable period, as determined by the chief, the chief or the chief's designee may enter upon private or public lands and take action to mitigate, minimize, remove, or abate the release, spill, discharge, or conditions caused by the violation of the rule sediment pollution.
(B) The attorney general, upon the written request of the chief, shall bring appropriate legal action in Franklin county against any person who fails to comply with an order of the chief issued pursuant to division (G) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 1511.09.  The soil and water resources administration fund is hereby created in the state treasury. The fund shall consist of money credited to it from all fines, penalties, costs, and damages, except court costs, that are collected either by the chief of the division of soil and water resources or the attorney general in consequence of any violation of this chapter or rules adopted or orders issued under it. The chief shall use money in the fund to administer and enforce this chapter and rules adopted under it.
Sec. 1511.99.  Whoever violates division (A) of section 1511.07 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Each day of violation is a separate offense. In addition to the penalty provided in this division, the sentencing court may assess damages in an amount equal to the costs of reclaiming, restoring, or otherwise repairing any damage to public or private property caused by any violation of division (A) of section 1511.07 of the Revised Code. All fines and moneys assessed as damages under this section shall be paid into the agricultural pollution abatement soil and water resources administration fund created in section 1511.071 1511.09 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 1515.01.  As used in this chapter:
(A) "Soil and water conservation district" means a district organized in accordance with this chapter.
(B) "Supervisor" means one of the members of the governing body of a district.
(C) "Landowner," "owner," or "owner of land" means an owner of record as shown by the records in the office of the county recorder. With respect to an improvement or a proposed improvement, "landowner," "owner," or "owner of land" also includes any public corporation and the director of any department, office, or institution of the state that is affected by the improvement or that would be affected by the proposed improvement, but that does not own any right, title, estate, or interest in or to any real property.
(D) "Land occupier" or "occupier of land" means any person, firm, or corporation that controls the use of land whether as landowner, lessee, renter, or tenant.
(E) "Due notice" means notice published at least twice, stating time and place, with an interval of at least thirteen days between the two publication dates, in a newspaper of general circulation within a soil and water conservation district.
(F) "Agricultural pollution" means failure to use management or conservation practices in farming or silvicultural operations to abate wind or water erosion of the soil or to abate the degradation of the waters of the state by animal waste or soil sediment including substances attached thereto.
(G) "Urban sediment pollution" means failure to use management or conservation practices to abate wind or water erosion of the soil or to abate the degradation of the waters of the state by soil sediment in conjunction with land grading, excavating, filling, or other soil disturbing activities on land used or being developed for nonfarm commercial, industrial, residential, or other nonfarm purposes, except lands being used in a strip mine operation as defined in section 1513.01 of the Revised Code and except lands being used in a surface mining operation as defined in section 1514.01 of the Revised Code.
(H)(G) "Uniform assessment" means an assessment that is both of the following:
(1) Based upon a complete appraisal of each parcel of land, together with all improvements thereon, within a project area and of the benefits or damages brought about as a result of the project that is determined by criteria applied equally to all parcels within the project area;
(2) Levied upon the parcels at a uniform rate on the basis of the appraisal.
(I)(H) "Varied assessment" means any assessment that does not meet the criteria established in division (H)(G) of this section.
(J)(I) "Project area" means an area determined and certified by the supervisors of a soil and water conservation district under section 1515.19 of the Revised Code.
(K)(J) "Benefit" or "benefits" means advantages to land and owners, to public corporations, and to the state resulting from drainage, conservation, control, and management of water and from environmental, wildlife, and recreational improvements. "Benefit" or "benefits" includes, but is not limited to, any of the following factors:
(1) Elimination or reduction of damage from flooding;
(2) Removal of water conditions that jeopardize public health, safety, or welfare;
(3) Increased value of land resulting from an improvement;
(4) Use of water for irrigation, storage, regulation of stream flow, soil conservation, water supply, or any other incidental purpose;
(5) Providing an outlet for the accelerated runoff from artificial drainage if a stream, watercourse, channel, or ditch that is under improvement is called upon to discharge functions for which it was not designed. Uplands that have been removed from their natural state by deforestation, cultivation, artificial drainage, urban development, or other human methods shall be considered to be benefited by an improvement that is required to dispose of the accelerated flow of water from the uplands.
(L)(K) "Improvement" or "conservation works of improvement" means an improvement that is made under the authority established in division (C) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code.
(M)(L) "Land" has the same meaning as in section 6131.01 of the Revised Code.
(M) "Agricultural pollution," "animal feeding operation," and "nutrient management plan" have the same meanings as in section 939.01 of the Revised Code.
(N) "Operation and management plan" and "sediment pollution" have the same meanings as in section 1511.01 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 1515.02.  There is hereby established in the department of natural resources the Ohio soil and water conservation commission. The commission shall consist of seven members of equal status and authority, four six of whom shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, and one of whom shall be designated by resolution of the board of directors of the Ohio federation of soil and water conservation districts. The other two members shall be the director directors of agriculture and, environmental protection, and natural resources, the vice-president for agricultural administration of the Ohio state university. The director of natural resources may participate in the deliberations, and an officer of the Ohio federation of soil and water conservation districts, or their designees, may serve as ex officio members of the commission, but without the power to vote. A vacancy in the office of an appointed member shall be filled by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. Of the appointed members, two shall be farmers and all four shall be persons who have a knowledge of or interest in agricultural production and the natural resources of the state. One member shall represent rural interests and one member shall represent urban interests. Not more than two three of the appointed members shall be members of the same political party.
Terms of office of the member designated by the board of directors of the federation and the members appointed by the governor shall be for four years, commencing on the first day of July and ending on the thirtieth day of June.
Each appointed member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Any appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
The commission shall organize by selecting from its members a chairperson and a vice-chairperson. The commission shall hold at least one regular meeting in each quarter of each calendar year and shall keep a record of its proceedings, which shall be open to the public for inspection. Special meetings may be called by the chairperson and shall be called by the chairperson upon receipt of a written request signed by two or more members of the commission. Written notice of the time and place of each meeting shall be sent to each member of the commission. A majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
The commission may adopt rules as necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter, subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
The governor may remove any appointed member of the commission at any time for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office, after giving to the member a copy of the charges against the member and an opportunity to be heard publicly in person or by counsel in the member's defense. Any such act of removal by the governor is final. A statement of the findings of the governor, the reason for the governor's action, and the answer, if any, of the member shall be filed by the governor with the secretary of state and shall be open to public inspection.
All members of the commission shall be reimbursed for the necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties as members.
Upon recommendation by the commission, the director of natural resources shall designate an executive secretary and provide staff necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the commission. The commission may utilize the services of such staff members in the college of agriculture of the Ohio state university as may be agreed upon by the commission and the college.
The commission shall do all of the following:
(A) Determine distribution of funds under section 1515.14 of the Revised Code, recommend to the director of natural resources and other agencies the levels of appropriations to special funds established to assist soil and water conservation districts, and recommend the amount of federal funds to be requested and policies for the use of such funds in support of soil and water conservation district programs;
(B) Assist in keeping the supervisors of soil and water conservation districts informed of their powers and duties, program opportunities, and the activities and experience of all other districts, and facilitate the interchange of advice, experience, and cooperation between the districts;
(C) Seek the cooperation and assistance of the federal government or any of its agencies, and of agencies of this state, in the work of the districts;
(D) Adopt appropriate rules governing the conduct of elections provided for in this chapter, subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, provided that only owners and occupiers of lands situated within the boundaries of the districts or proposed districts to which the elections apply shall be eligible to vote in the elections;
(E) Recommend to the director priorities for planning and construction of small watershed projects, and make recommendations to the director concerning coordination of programs as proposed and implemented in agreements with soil and water conservation districts;
(F) Recommend to the director, the governor, and the general assembly programs and legislation with respect to the operations of soil and water conservation districts that will encourage proper soil, water, and other natural resource management and promote the economic and social development of the state.
Sec. 1515.08.  The supervisors of a soil and water conservation district have the following powers in addition to their other powers:
(A) To conduct surveys, investigations, and research relating to the character of soil erosion, floodwater and sediment damages, and the preventive and control measures and works of improvement for flood prevention and the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water needed within the district, and to publish the results of those surveys, investigations, or research, provided that no district shall initiate any research program except in cooperation or after consultation with the Ohio agricultural research and development center;
(B) To develop plans for the conservation of soil resources, for the control and prevention of soil erosion, and for works of improvement for flood prevention and the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water within the district, and to publish those plans and information;
(C) To implement, construct, repair, maintain, and operate preventive and control measures and other works of improvement for natural resource conservation and development and flood prevention, and the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water within the district on lands owned or controlled by this state or any of its agencies and on any other lands within the district, which works may include any facilities authorized under state or federal programs, and to acquire, by purchase or gift, to hold, encumber, or dispose of, and to lease real and personal property or interests in such property for those purposes;
(D) To cooperate or enter into agreements with any occupier of lands within the district in the carrying on of natural resource conservation operations and works of improvement for flood prevention and the conservation, development, utilization, and management of natural resources within the district, subject to such conditions as the supervisors consider necessary;
(E) To accept donations, gifts, grants, and contributions in money, service, materials, or otherwise, and to use or expend them according to their terms;
(F) To adopt, amend, and rescind rules to carry into effect the purposes and powers of the district;
(G) To sue and plead in the name of the district, and be sued and impleaded in the name of the district, with respect to its contracts and, as indicated in section 1515.081 of the Revised Code, certain torts of its officers, employees, or agents acting within the scope of their employment or official responsibilities, or with respect to the enforcement of its obligations and covenants made under this chapter;
(H) To make and enter into all contracts, leases, and agreements and execute all instruments necessary or incidental to the performance of the duties and the execution of the powers of the district under this chapter, provided that all of the following apply:
(1) Except as provided in section 307.86 of the Revised Code regarding expenditures by boards of county commissioners, when the cost under any such contract, lease, or agreement, other than compensation for personal services or rental of office space, involves an expenditure of more than the amount established in that section regarding expenditures by boards of county commissioners, the supervisors shall make a written contract with the lowest and best bidder after advertisement, for not less than two nor more than four consecutive weeks preceding the day of the opening of bids, in a newspaper of general circulation within the district or as provided in section 7.16 of the Revised Code and in such other publications as the supervisors determine. The notice shall state the general character of the work and materials to be furnished, the place where plans and specifications may be examined, and the time and place of receiving bids.
(2) Each bid for a contract shall contain the full name of every person interested in it.
(3) Each bid for a contract for the construction, demolition, alteration, repair, or reconstruction of an improvement shall meet the requirements of section 153.54 of the Revised Code.
(4) Each bid for a contract, other than a contract for the construction, demolition, alteration, repair, or reconstruction of an improvement, at the discretion of the supervisors, may be accompanied by a bond or certified check on a solvent bank in an amount not to exceed five per cent of the bid, conditioned that, if the bid is accepted, a contract shall be entered into.
(5) The supervisors may reject any and all bids.
(I) To make agreements with the department of natural resources giving it control over lands of the district for the purpose of construction of improvements by the department under section 1501.011 of the Revised Code;
(J) To charge, alter, and collect rentals and other charges for the use or services of any works of the district;
(K) To enter, either in person or by designated representatives, upon lands, private or public, in the necessary discharge of their duties;
(L) To enter into agreements or contracts with the department for the determination, implementation, inspection, and funding of agricultural sediment pollution abatement and urban sediment pollution abatement measures whereby landowners, operators, managers, and developers may meet adopted state standards for a quality environment, except that failure of a district board of supervisors to negotiate an agreement or contract with the department shall authorize the division of soil and water resources to implement the required program;
(M) To enter into agreements or contracts with the department of agriculture for the determination, implementation, inspection, and funding of agricultural pollution abatement measures whereby landowners, operators, and managers may meet adopted state standards for a quality environment, except that failure of a district board of supervisors to negotiate an agreement or contract with that department shall authorize the department to implement the required program;
(N) To conduct demonstrations and provide information to the public regarding practices and methods for natural resource conservation, development, and utilization;
(N)(O) To enter into contracts or agreements with the chief of the division of soil and water resources to implement and administer a program for urban sediment pollution abatement and to receive and expend moneys provided by the chief for that purpose;
(O)(P) To develop operation and management plans, as defined in section 1511.01 of the Revised Code, as necessary;
(P)(Q) To determine whether operation and management plans developed under division (A) of section 1511.021 of the Revised Code comply with the standards established under division (E)(1) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code and to approve or disapprove the plans, based on such compliance. If an operation and management plan is disapproved, the board shall provide a written explanation to the person who submitted the plan. The person may appeal the plan disapproval to the chief, who shall afford the person a hearing. Following the hearing, the chief shall uphold the plan disapproval or reverse it. If the chief reverses the plan disapproval, the plan shall be deemed approved under this division. In the event that any person operating or owning agricultural land or a concentrated animal feeding operation in accordance with an approved operation and management plan who, in good faith, is following that plan, causes agricultural sediment pollution, the plan shall be revised in a fashion necessary to mitigate the agricultural sediment pollution, as determined and approved by the board of supervisors of the soil and water conservation district.
(Q)(R) To develop nutrient management plans as necessary;
(S) To determine whether nutrient management plans developed under division (A) of section 939.03 of the Revised Code comply with the standards established in rules adopted under division (C)(1) of section 939.02 of the Revised Code and to approve or disapprove the plans based on such compliance. If a nutrient management plan is disapproved, the board shall provide a written explanation to the person who submitted the plan. The person may appeal the plan disapproval to the director of agriculture who shall afford the person a hearing. Following the hearing, the director shall uphold the plan disapproval or reverse it. If the director reverses the plan disapproval, the plan shall be deemed approved under this division. In the event that a person operating or owning agricultural land or an animal feeding operation in accordance with an approved nutrient management plan who, in good faith, is following that plan causes agricultural pollution, the plan shall be revised in a manner necessary to mitigate the agricultural pollution as determined and approved by the board of supervisors of the soil and water conservation district.
(T) With regard to composting conducted in conjunction with agricultural operations, to do all of the following:
(1) Upon request or upon their own initiative, inspect composting at any such operation to determine whether the composting is being conducted in accordance with section 1511.022 939.04 of the Revised Code;
(2) If the board determines that composting is not being so conducted, request the chief director of agriculture to issue an order under division (G) of section 1511.02 of the Revised Code requiring take corrective actions under section 939.09 of the Revised Code that require the person who is conducting the composting to prepare a composting plan in accordance with rules adopted under division (E)(8)(c)(C)(5)(a) of that section 939.02 of the Revised Code and to operate in accordance with that plan or to operate in accordance with a previously prepared plan, as applicable;
(3) In accordance with rules adopted under division (E)(8)(c)(C)(5)(b) of section 1511.02 939.02 of the Revised Code, review and approve or disapprove any such composting plan. If a plan is disapproved, the board shall provide a written explanation to the person who submitted the plan.
As used in division (Q)(T) of this section, "composting" has the same meaning as in section 1511.01 939.01 of the Revised Code.
(R)(U) With regard to conservation activities that are conducted in conjunction with agricultural operations, to assist the county auditor, upon request, in determining whether a conservation activity is a conservation practice for purposes of Chapter 929. or sections 5713.30 to 5713.37 and 5715.01 of the Revised Code.
As used in this division, "conservation practice" has the same meaning as in section 5713.30 of the Revised Code.
(S)(V) To do all acts necessary or proper to carry out the powers granted in this chapter.
The director of natural resources shall make recommendations to reduce the adverse environmental effects of each project that a soil and water conservation district plans to undertake under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of this section and that will be funded in whole or in part by moneys authorized under section 1515.16 of the Revised Code and shall disapprove any such project that the director finds will adversely affect the environment without equal or greater benefit to the public. The director's disapproval or recommendations, upon the request of the district filed in accordance with rules adopted by the Ohio soil and water conservation commission, shall be reviewed by the commission, which may confirm the director's decision, modify it, or add recommendations to or approve a project the director has disapproved.
Any instrument by which real property is acquired pursuant to this section shall identify the agency of the state that has the use and benefit of the real property as specified in section 5301.012 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 1533.081. (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Energy facility" has the same meaning as in section 1551.01 of the Revised Code means wind turbines and associated facilities with a single interconnection to the electrical grid that are designated for, or capable of, operation at an aggregate capacity of five or more megawatts.
(2) "Energy facility Incidental taking" means a facility at which energy is produced the killing or injuring of a wild animal occurring by chance or without intention.
(B) A person operating an energy facility whose operation may result in the incidental taking of a wild animal shall obtain a permit to do so for such an incidental taking from the chief of the division of wildlife under this section. The chief shall adopt rules under section 1531.10 of the Revised Code that are necessary to administer this section. The rules may include the establishment of a fee for such a permit.
Sec. 3704.05.  (A) No person shall cause, permit, or allow emission of an air contaminant in violation of any rule adopted by the director of environmental protection under division (E) of section 3704.03 of the Revised Code unless the person is the holder of a variance that is issued under division (H) of that section and consistent with the federal Clean Air Act permitting the emission of the contaminant in excess of that permitted by the rule or the person is the holder of an operating permit that includes a compliance schedule issued pursuant to rules adopted under division (G) of section 3704.03 of the Revised Code.
(B) No person who is the holder of a variance issued under division (H) of section 3704.03 of the Revised Code shall cause, permit, or allow emission of an air contaminant or contaminants listed therein in violation of the conditions of the variance or fail to obey an order of the director issued under authority of that division.
(C) No person who is the holder of a permit issued under division (F) or (G) of section 3704.03 of the Revised Code shall violate any of its terms or conditions.
(D) No person shall fail to install and maintain monitoring devices or to submit reports or other information as may be required under division (I) of section 3704.03 of the Revised Code.
(E) No person to whom a permit or variance has been issued shall refuse entry to an authorized representative of the director or the environmental protection agency as provided in division (M)(L) of section 3704.03 of the Revised Code or hinder or thwart the person in making an investigation.
(F) No person shall fail to submit plans and specifications as required by section 3704.03 of the Revised Code.
(G) No person shall violate any order, rule, or determination of the director issued, adopted, or made under this chapter.
(H) No person shall do any of the following:
(1) Falsify any plans, specifications, data, reports, records, or other information required to be kept or submitted to the director by this chapter or rules adopted under it;
(2) Make any false material statement, representation, or certification in any form, notice, or report required by the Title V permit program;
(3) Render inaccurate any monitoring device required by a Title V permit.
Violation of division (H)(1), (2), or (3) of this section is not also falsification under section 2921.13 of the Revised Code.
(I) No person shall knowingly falsify an inspection certificate submitted to another under section 3704.14 or Chapter 4503. of Revised Code. Violation of this division is not also falsification under section 2921.13 of the Revised Code.
(J) No person shall do either of the following:
(1) With regard to the Title V permit program, fail to pay any administrative penalty assessed in accordance with rules adopted under division (S) of section 3704.03 of the Revised Code or any fee assessed under section 3745.11 of the Revised Code;
(2) Violate any applicable requirement of a Title V permit or any permit condition, except for an emergency as defined in 40 C.F.R. 70.6 (g), or filing requirement of the Title V permit program, any duty to allow or carry out inspection, entry, or monitoring activities, or any rule adopted or order issued by the director pursuant to the Title V permit program.
(K) On and after the three hundred sixty-sixth day following the administrator's final approval of the Title V permit program, or on and after the three hundred sixty-sixth day following the commencement of operation of a new major source required to comply with section 112(g) or part C or D of Title I of the federal Clean Air Act, whichever is later, no person shall operate any such source that is required to obtain a Title V permit under section 3704.036 of the Revised Code or rules adopted under it unless such a permit has been issued authorizing operation of the source or unless a complete and timely application for the issuance, renewal, or modification of a Title V permit for the source has been submitted to the director under that section.
Sec. 3734.02.  (A) The director of environmental protection, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt and may amend, suspend, or rescind rules having uniform application throughout the state governing solid waste facilities and the inspections of and issuance of permits and licenses for all solid waste facilities in order to ensure that the facilities will be located, maintained, and operated, and will undergo closure and post-closure care, in a sanitary manner so as not to create a nuisance, cause or contribute to water pollution, create a health hazard, or violate 40 C.F.R. 257.3-2 or 40 C.F.R. 257.3-8, as amended. The rules may include, without limitation, financial assurance requirements for closure and post-closure care and corrective action and requirements for taking corrective action in the event of the surface or subsurface discharge or migration of explosive gases or leachate from a solid waste facility, or of ground water contamination resulting from the transfer or disposal of solid wastes at a facility, beyond the boundaries of any area within a facility that is operating or is undergoing closure or post-closure care where solid wastes were disposed of or are being disposed of. The rules shall not concern or relate to personnel policies, salaries, wages, fringe benefits, or other conditions of employment of employees of persons owning or operating solid waste facilities. The director, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt and may amend, suspend, or rescind rules governing the issuance, modification, revocation, suspension, or denial of variances from the director's solid waste rules, including, without limitation, rules adopted under this chapter governing the management of scrap tires.
Variances shall be issued, modified, revoked, suspended, or rescinded in accordance with this division, rules adopted under it, and Chapter 3745. of the Revised Code. The director may order the person to whom a variance is issued to take such action within such time as the director may determine to be appropriate and reasonable to prevent the creation of a nuisance or a hazard to the public health or safety or the environment. Applications for variances shall contain such detail plans, specifications, and information regarding objectives, procedures, controls, and other pertinent data as the director may require. The director shall grant a variance only if the applicant demonstrates to the director's satisfaction that construction and operation of the solid waste facility in the manner allowed by the variance and any terms or conditions imposed as part of the variance will not create a nuisance or a hazard to the public health or safety or the environment. In granting any variance, the director shall state the specific provision or provisions whose terms are to be varied and also shall state specific terms or conditions imposed upon the applicant in place of the provision or provisions. The director may hold a public hearing on an application for a variance or renewal of a variance at a location in the county where the operations that are the subject of the application for the variance are conducted. The director shall give not less than twenty days' notice of the hearing to the applicant by certified mail or by another type of mail accompanied by a receipt and shall publish at least one notice of the hearing in a newspaper with general circulation in the county where the hearing is to be held. The director shall make available for public inspection at the principal office of the environmental protection agency a current list of pending applications for variances and a current schedule of pending variance hearings. The director shall make a complete stenographic record of testimony and other evidence submitted at the hearing. Within ten days after the hearing, the director shall make a written determination to issue, renew, or deny the variance and shall enter the determination and the basis for it into the record of the hearing. The director shall issue, renew, or deny an application for a variance or renewal of a variance within six months of the date upon which the director receives a complete application with all pertinent information and data required. No variance shall be issued, revoked, modified, or denied until the director has considered the relative interests of the applicant, other persons and property affected by the variance, and the general public. Any variance granted under this division shall be for a period specified by the director and may be renewed from time to time on such terms and for such periods as the director determines to be appropriate. No application shall be denied and no variance shall be revoked or modified without a written order stating the findings upon which the denial, revocation, or modification is based. A copy of the order shall be sent to the applicant or variance holder by certified mail or by another type of mail accompanied by a receipt.
(B) The director shall prescribe and furnish the forms necessary to administer and enforce this chapter. The director may cooperate with and enter into agreements with other state, local, or federal agencies to carry out the purposes of this chapter. The director may exercise all incidental powers necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
The director may use moneys in the infectious waste management fund created in section 3734.021 of the Revised Code exclusively for administering and enforcing the provisions of this chapter governing the management of infectious wastes.
(C) Except as provided in this division and divisions (N)(2) and (3) of this section, no person shall establish a new solid waste facility or infectious waste treatment facility, or modify an existing solid waste facility or infectious waste treatment facility, without submitting an application for a permit with accompanying detail plans, specifications, and information regarding the facility and method of operation and receiving a permit issued by the director, except that no permit shall be required under this division to install or operate a solid waste facility for sewage sludge treatment or disposal when the treatment or disposal is authorized by a current permit issued under Chapter 3704. or 6111. of the Revised Code.
No person shall continue to operate a solid waste facility for which the director has denied a permit for which an application was required under division (A)(3) of section 3734.05 of the Revised Code, or for which the director has disapproved plans and specifications required to be filed by an order issued under division (A)(5) of that section, after the date prescribed for commencement of closure of the facility in the order issued under division (A)(6) of section 3734.05 of the Revised Code denying the permit application or approval.
On and after the effective date of the rules adopted under division (A) of this section and division (D) of section 3734.12 of the Revised Code governing solid waste transfer facilities, no person shall establish a new, or modify an existing, solid waste transfer facility without first submitting an application for a permit with accompanying engineering detail plans, specifications, and information regarding the facility and its method of operation to the director and receiving a permit issued by the director.
No person shall establish a new compost facility or continue to operate an existing compost facility that accepts exclusively source separated yard wastes without submitting a completed registration for the facility to the director in accordance with rules adopted under divisions (A) and (N)(3) of this section.
This division does not apply to a generator of infectious wastes that does any of the following:
(1) Treats, by methods, techniques, and practices established by rules adopted under division (B)(2)(a) of section 3734.021 of the Revised Code, any of the following:
(a) Infectious wastes that are generated on any premises that are owned or operated by the generator;
(b) Infectious wastes that are generated by a generator who has staff privileges at a hospital as defined in section 3727.01 of the Revised Code;
(c) Infectious wastes that are generated in providing care to a patient by an emergency medical services organization as defined in section 4765.01 of the Revised Code.
(2) Holds a license or renewal of a license to operate a crematory facility issued under Chapter 4717. and a permit issued under Chapter 3704. of the Revised Code;
(3) Treats or disposes of dead animals or parts thereof, or the blood of animals, and is subject to any of the following:
(a) Inspection under the "Federal Meat Inspection Act," 81 Stat. 584 (1967), 21 U.S.C.A. 603, as amended;
(b) Chapter 918. of the Revised Code;
(c) Chapter 953. of the Revised Code.
(D) Neither this chapter nor any rules adopted under it apply to single-family residential premises; to infectious wastes generated by individuals for purposes of their own care or treatment; to the temporary storage of solid wastes, other than scrap tires, prior to their collection for disposal; to the storage of one hundred or fewer scrap tires unless they are stored in such a manner that, in the judgment of the director or the board of health of the health district in which the scrap tires are stored, the storage causes a nuisance, a hazard to public health or safety, or a fire hazard; or to the collection of solid wastes, other than scrap tires, by a political subdivision or a person holding a franchise or license from a political subdivision of the state; to composting, as defined in section 1511.01 939.01 of the Revised Code, conducted in accordance with section 1511.022 939.04 of the Revised Code; or to any person who is licensed to transport raw rendering material to a compost facility pursuant to section 953.23 of the Revised Code.
(E)(1) As used in this division:
(a) "On-site facility" means a facility that stores, treats, or disposes of hazardous waste that is generated on the premises of the facility.
(b) "Off-site facility" means a facility that stores, treats, or disposes of hazardous waste that is generated off the premises of the facility and includes such a facility that is also an on-site facility.
(c) "Satellite facility" means any of the following:
(i) An on-site facility that also receives hazardous waste from other premises owned by the same person who generates the waste on the facility premises;
(ii) An off-site facility operated so that all of the hazardous waste it receives is generated on one or more premises owned by the person who owns the facility;
(iii) An on-site facility that also receives hazardous waste that is transported uninterruptedly and directly to the facility through a pipeline from a generator who is not the owner of the facility.
(2) Except as provided in division (E)(3) of this section, no person shall establish or operate a hazardous waste facility, or use a solid waste facility for the storage, treatment, or disposal of any hazardous waste, without a hazardous waste facility installation and operation permit issued in accordance with section 3734.05 of the Revised Code and subject to the payment of an application fee not to exceed one thousand five hundred dollars, payable upon application for a hazardous waste facility installation and operation permit and upon application for a renewal permit issued under division (H) of section 3734.05 of the Revised Code, to be credited to the hazardous waste facility management fund created in section 3734.18 of the Revised Code. The term of a hazardous waste facility installation and operation permit shall not exceed ten years.
In addition to the application fee, there is hereby levied an annual permit fee to be paid by the permit holder upon the anniversaries of the date of issuance of the hazardous waste facility installation and operation permit and of any subsequent renewal permits and to be credited to the hazardous waste facility management fund. Annual permit fees totaling forty thousand dollars or more for any one facility may be paid on a quarterly basis with the first quarterly payment each year being due on the anniversary of the date of issuance of the hazardous waste facility installation and operation permit and of any subsequent renewal permits. The annual permit fee shall be determined for each permit holder by the director in accordance with the following schedule:
TYPE OF BASIC
MANAGEMENT UNIT TYPE OF FACILITY FEE
Storage facility using:
Containers On-site, off-site, and
satellite $ 500
Tanks On-site, off-site, and
satellite 500
Waste pile On-site, off-site, and
satellite 3,000
Surface impoundment On-site and satellite 8,000
Off-site 10,000
Disposal facility using:
Deep well injection On-site and satellite 15,000
Off-site 25,000
Landfill On-site and satellite 25,000
Off-site 40,000
Land application On-site and satellite 2,500
Off-site 5,000
Surface impoundment On-site and satellite 10,000
Off-site 20,000
Treatment facility using:
Tanks On-site, off-site, and
satellite 700
Surface impoundment On-site and satellite 8,000
Off-site 10,000
Incinerator On-site and satellite 5,000
Off-site 10,000
Other forms
of treatment On-site, off-site, and
satellite 1,000

A hazardous waste disposal facility that disposes of hazardous waste by deep well injection and that pays the annual permit fee established in section 6111.046 of the Revised Code is not subject to the permit fee established in this division for disposal facilities using deep well injection unless the director determines that the facility is not in compliance with applicable requirements established under this chapter and rules adopted under it.
In determining the annual permit fee required by this section, the director shall not require additional payments for multiple units of the same method of storage, treatment, or disposal or for individual units that are used for both storage and treatment. A facility using more than one method of storage, treatment, or disposal shall pay the permit fee indicated by the schedule for each such method.
The director shall not require the payment of that portion of an annual permit fee of any permit holder that would apply to a hazardous waste management unit for which a permit has been issued, but for which construction has not yet commenced. Once construction has commenced, the director shall require the payment of a part of the appropriate fee indicated by the schedule that bears the same relationship to the total fee that the number of days remaining until the next anniversary date at which payment of the annual permit fee is due bears to three hundred sixty-five.
The director, by rules adopted in accordance with Chapters 119. and 3745. of the Revised Code, shall prescribe procedures for collecting the annual permit fee established by this division and may prescribe other requirements necessary to carry out this division.
(3) The prohibition against establishing or operating a hazardous waste facility without a hazardous waste facility installation and operation permit does not apply to either of the following:
(a) A facility that is operating in accordance with a permit renewal issued under division (H) of section 3734.05 of the Revised Code, a revision issued under division (I) of that section as it existed prior to August 20, 1996, or a modification issued by the director under division (I) of that section on and after August 20, 1996;
(b) Except as provided in division (J) of section 3734.05 of the Revised Code, a facility that will operate or is operating in accordance with a permit by rule, or that is not subject to permit requirements, under rules adopted by the director. In accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the director shall adopt, and subsequently may amend, suspend, or rescind, rules for the purposes of division (E)(3)(b) of this section. Any rules so adopted shall be consistent with and equivalent to regulations pertaining to interim status adopted under the "Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976," 90 Stat. 2806, 42 U.S.C.A. 6921, as amended, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
If a modification is requested or proposed for a facility described in division (E)(3)(a) or (b) of this section, division (I)(7) of section 3734.05 of the Revised Code applies.
(F) No person shall store, treat, or dispose of hazardous waste identified or listed under this chapter and rules adopted under it, regardless of whether generated on or off the premises where the waste is stored, treated, or disposed of, or transport or cause to be transported any hazardous waste identified or listed under this chapter and rules adopted under it to any other premises, except at or to any of the following:
(1) A hazardous waste facility operating under a permit issued in accordance with this chapter;
(2) A facility in another state operating under a license or permit issued in accordance with the "Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976," 90 Stat. 2806, 42 U.S.C.A. 6921, as amended;
(3) A facility in another nation operating in accordance with the laws of that nation;
(4) A facility holding a permit issued pursuant to Title I of the "Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972," 86 Stat. 1052, 33 U.S.C.A. 1401, as amended;
(5) A hazardous waste facility as described in division (E)(3)(a) or (b) of this section.
(G) The director, by order, may exempt any person generating, collecting, storing, treating, disposing of, or transporting solid wastes, infectious wastes, or hazardous waste, or processing solid wastes that consist of scrap tires, in such quantities or under such circumstances that, in the determination of the director, are unlikely to adversely affect the public health or safety or the environment from any requirement to obtain a registration certificate, permit, or license or comply with the manifest system or other requirements of this chapter. Such an exemption shall be consistent with and equivalent to any regulations adopted by the administrator of the United States environmental protection agency under the "Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976," 90 Stat. 2806, 42 U.S.C.A. 6921, as amended, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
(H) No person shall engage in filling, grading, excavating, building, drilling, or mining on land where a hazardous waste facility, or a solid waste facility, was operated without prior authorization from the director, who shall establish the procedure for granting such authorization by rules adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
A public utility that has main or distribution lines above or below the land surface located on an easement or right-of-way across land where a solid waste facility was operated may engage in any such activity within the easement or right-of-way without prior authorization from the director for purposes of performing emergency repair or emergency replacement of its lines; of the poles, towers, foundations, or other structures supporting or sustaining any such lines; or of the appurtenances to those structures, necessary to restore or maintain existing public utility service. A public utility may enter upon any such easement or right-of-way without prior authorization from the director for purposes of performing necessary or routine maintenance of those portions of its existing lines; of the existing poles, towers, foundations, or other structures sustaining or supporting its lines; or of the appurtenances to any such supporting or sustaining structure, located on or above the land surface on any such easement or right-of-way. Within twenty-four hours after commencing any such emergency repair, replacement, or maintenance work, the public utility shall notify the director or the director's authorized representative of those activities and shall provide such information regarding those activities as the director or the director's representative may request. Upon completion of the emergency repair, replacement, or maintenance activities, the public utility shall restore any land of the solid waste facility disturbed by those activities to the condition existing prior to the commencement of those activities.
(I) No owner or operator of a hazardous waste facility, in the operation of the facility, shall cause, permit, or allow the emission therefrom of any particulate matter, dust, fumes, gas, mist, smoke, vapor, or odorous substance that, in the opinion of the director, unreasonably interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property by persons living or working in the vicinity of the facility, or that is injurious to public health. Any such action is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.
(J) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, in the event the director finds an imminent and substantial danger to public health or safety or the environment that creates an emergency situation requiring the immediate treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste, the director may issue a temporary emergency permit to allow the treatment, storage, or disposal of the hazardous waste at a facility that is not otherwise authorized by a hazardous waste facility installation and operation permit to treat, store, or dispose of the waste. The emergency permit shall not exceed ninety days in duration and shall not be renewed. The director shall adopt, and may amend, suspend, or rescind, rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code governing the issuance, modification, revocation, and denial of emergency permits.
(K) Except for infectious wastes generated by a person who produces fewer than fifty pounds of infectious wastes at a premises during any one month, no owner or operator of a sanitary landfill shall knowingly accept for disposal, or dispose of, any infectious wastes that have not been treated to render them noninfectious.
(L) The director, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt, and may amend, suspend, or rescind, rules having uniform application throughout the state establishing a training and certification program that shall be required for employees of boards of health who are responsible for enforcing the solid waste and infectious waste provisions of this chapter and rules adopted under them and for persons who are responsible for the operation of solid waste facilities or infectious waste treatment facilities. The rules shall provide all of the following, without limitation:
(1) The program shall be administered by the director and shall consist of a course on new solid waste and infectious waste technologies, enforcement procedures, and rules;
(2) The course shall be offered on an annual basis;
(3) Those persons who are required to take the course under division (L) of this section shall do so triennially;
(4) Persons who successfully complete the course shall be certified by the director;
(5) Certification shall be required for all employees of boards of health who are responsible for enforcing the solid waste or infectious waste provisions of this chapter and rules adopted under them and for all persons who are responsible for the operation of solid waste facilities or infectious waste treatment facilities;
(6)(a) All employees of a board of health who, on the effective date of the rules adopted under this division, are responsible for enforcing the solid waste or infectious waste provisions of this chapter and the rules adopted under them shall complete the course and be certified by the director not later than January 1, 1995;
(b) All employees of a board of health who, after the effective date of the rules adopted under division (L) of this section, become responsible for enforcing the solid waste or infectious waste provisions of this chapter and rules adopted under them and who do not hold a current and valid certification from the director at that time shall complete the course and be certified by the director within two years after becoming responsible for performing those activities.
No person shall fail to obtain the certification required under this division.
(M) The director shall not issue a permit under section 3734.05 of the Revised Code to establish a solid waste facility, or to modify a solid waste facility operating on December 21, 1988, in a manner that expands the disposal capacity or geographic area covered by the facility, that is or is to be located within the boundaries of a state park established or dedicated under Chapter 1541. of the Revised Code, a state park purchase area established under section 1541.02 of the Revised Code, any unit of the national park system, or any property that lies within the boundaries of a national park or recreation area, but that has not been acquired or is not administered by the secretary of the United States department of the interior, located in this state, or any candidate area located in this state and identified for potential inclusion in the national park system in the edition of the "national park system plan" submitted under paragraph (b) of section 8 of "The Act of August 18, 1970," 84 Stat. 825, 16 U.S.C.A. 1a-5, as amended, current at the time of filing of the application for the permit, unless the facility or proposed facility is or is to be used exclusively for the disposal of solid wastes generated within the park or recreation area and the director determines that the facility or proposed facility will not degrade any of the natural or cultural resources of the park or recreation area. The director shall not issue a variance under division (A) of this section and rules adopted under it, or issue an exemption order under division (G) of this section, that would authorize any such establishment or expansion of a solid waste facility within the boundaries of any such park or recreation area, state park purchase area, or candidate area, other than a solid waste facility exclusively for the disposal of solid wastes generated within the park or recreation area when the director determines that the facility will not degrade any of the natural or cultural resources of the park or recreation area.
(N)(1) The rules adopted under division (A) of this section, other than those governing variances, do not apply to scrap tire collection, storage, monocell, monofill, and recovery facilities. Those facilities are subject to and governed by rules adopted under sections 3734.70 to 3734.73 of the Revised Code, as applicable.
(2) Division (C) of this section does not apply to scrap tire collection, storage, monocell, monofill, and recovery facilities. The establishment and modification of those facilities are subject to sections 3734.75 to 3734.78 and section 3734.81 of the Revised Code, as applicable.
(3) The director may adopt, amend, suspend, or rescind rules under division (A) of this section creating an alternative system for authorizing the establishment, operation, or modification of a solid waste compost facility in lieu of the requirement that a person seeking to establish, operate, or modify a solid waste compost facility apply for and receive a permit under division (C) of this section and section 3734.05 of the Revised Code and a license under division (A)(1) of that section. The rules may include requirements governing, without limitation, the classification of solid waste compost facilities, the submittal of operating records for solid waste compost facilities, and the creation of a registration or notification system in lieu of the issuance of permits and licenses for solid waste compost facilities. The rules shall specify the applicability of divisions (A)(1), (2)(a), (3), and (4) of section 3734.05 of the Revised Code to a solid waste compost facility.
(O)(1) As used in this division, "secondary aluminum waste" means waste material or byproducts, when disposed of, containing aluminum generated from secondary aluminum smelting operations and consisting of dross, salt cake, baghouse dust associated with aluminum recycling furnace operations, or dry-milled wastes.
(2) The owner or operator of a sanitary landfill shall not dispose of municipal solid waste that has been commingled with secondary aluminum waste.
(3) The owner or operator of a sanitary landfill may dispose of secondary aluminum waste, but only in a monocell or monofill that has been permitted for that purpose in accordance with this chapter and rules adopted under it.
(P)(1) As used in divisions (P) and (Q) of this section:
(a) "Natural background" means two picocuries per gram or the actual number of picocuries per gram as measured at an individual solid waste facility, subject to verification by the director of health.
(b) "Drilling operation" includes a production operation as defined in section 1509.01 of the Revised Code.
(2) The owner or operator of a solid waste facility shall not accept for transfer or disposal technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material if that material contains or is contaminated with radium-226, radium-228, or any combination of radium-226 and radium-228 at concentrations equal to or greater than five picocuries per gram above natural background.
(3) The owner or operator of a solid waste facility may receive and process for purposes other than transfer or disposal technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material that contains or is contaminated with radium-226, radium-228, or any combination of radium-226 and radium-228 at concentrations equal to or greater than five picocuries per gram above natural background, provided that the owner or operator has obtained and maintains all other necessary authorizations, including any authorization required by rules adopted by the director of health under section 3748.04 of the Revised Code.
(4) The director of environmental protection may adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code governing the receipt, acceptance, processing, handling, management, and disposal by solid waste facilities of material that contains or is contaminated with radioactive material, including, without limitation, technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material that contains or is contaminated with radium-226, radium-228, or any combination of radium-226 and radium-228 at concentrations less than five picocuries per gram above natural background. Rules adopted by the director may include at a minimum both of the following:
(a) Requirements in accordance with which the owner or operator of a solid waste facility must monitor leachate and ground water for radium-226, radium-228, and other radionuclides;
(b) Requirements in accordance with which the owner or operator of a solid waste facility must develop procedures to ensure that technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material accepted at the facility neither contains nor is contaminated with radium-226, radium-228, or any combination of radium-226 and radium-228 at concentrations equal to or greater than five picocuries per gram above natural background.
(Q) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the owner or operator of a solid waste facility shall not receive, accept, process, handle, manage, or dispose of technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material associated with drilling operations without first obtaining representative analytical results to determine compliance with divisions (P)(2) and (3) of this section and rules adopted under it.
Sec. 3734.029.  (A)(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (A)(2) of this section, the standards of quality for compost products established in rules adopted under division (A) of section 3734.028 of the Revised Code apply to compost products produced by a facility composting dead animals that is subject to section 1511.022 939.04 of the Revised Code in addition to compost products produced by facilities subject to this chapter.
(2) The standards of quality established in rules adopted under division (A) of section 3734.028 of the Revised Code do not apply to the use, distribution for use, or giving away of the compost products produced by a composting facility subject to section 1511.022 939.04 of the Revised Code when either of the following applies:
(a) The composting is conducted by the person who raises the animals and the compost product is used in agricultural operations owned or operated by that person, regardless of whether the person owns the animals;.
(b) The composting is conducted by the person who owns the animals, but does not raise them and the compost product is used in agricultural operations either by a person who raises the animals or by a person who raises grain that is used to feed them and that is supplied by the owner of the animals.
(B) No owner or operator of a composting facility that is subject to regulation under section 1511.022 939.04 of the Revised Code shall sell or offer for sale at retail or wholesale, distribute for use, or give away any compost product that does not comply with the standard of quality applicable under division (A) of this section for the use for which the product is being sold, offered for sale, distributed, or given away.
No person shall violate this division.
Sec. 3745.70.  As used in sections 3745.70 to 3745.73 of the Revised Code:
(A) "Environmental audit" means a voluntary, thorough, and discrete self-evaluation of one or more activities at one or more facilities or properties that is documented; is designed to improve compliance, or identify, correct, or prevent noncompliance, with environmental laws; and is conducted by the owner or operator of a facility or property or the owner's or operator's employee or independent contractor. An environmental audit may be conducted by the owner or operator of a facility or property, the owner's or operator's employees, or independent contractors. Once initiated, an audit shall be completed within a reasonable time, not to exceed six months, unless a written request for an extension is approved by the head officer of the governmental agency, or division or office thereof, with jurisdiction over the activities being audited based on a showing of reasonable grounds. An audit shall not be considered to be initiated until the owner or operator or the owner's or operator's employee or independent contractor actively has begun the self-evaluation of environmental compliance.
(B) "Activity" means any process, procedure, or function that is subject to environmental laws.
(C) "Voluntary" means, with respect to an environmental audit of a particular activity, that both of the following apply when the audit of that activity commences:
(1) The audit is not required by law, prior litigation, or an order by a court or a government agency;
(2) The owner or operator who conducts the audit does not know or have reason to know that a government agency has commenced an investigation or enforcement action that concerns a violation of environmental laws involving the activity or that such an investigation or enforcement action is imminent.
(D) "Environmental audit report" means interim or final data, documents, records, or plans that are necessary to an environmental audit and are collected, developed, made, and maintained in good faith as part of the audit, and may include, without limitation:
(1) Analytical data, laboratory reports, field notes and records of observations, findings, opinions, suggestions, conclusions, drafts, memoranda, drawings, photographs, computer-generated or electronically recorded information, maps, charts, graphs, and surveys;
(2) Reports that describe the scope, objectives, and methods of the environmental audit, audit management policies, the information gained by the environmental audit, and conclusions and recommendations together with exhibits and appendices;
(3) Memoranda, documents, records, and plans analyzing the environmental audit report or discussing implementation, prevention, compliance, and remediation issues associated with the environmental audit.
"Environmental audit report" does not mean corrective or remedial action taken pursuant to an environmental audit.
(E) "Environmental laws" means sections 939.02, 1511.02, and 1531.29, Chapters 3704., 3734., 3745., 3746., 3750., 3751., 3752., 6109., and 6111. of the Revised Code, and any other sections or chapters of the Revised Code the principal purpose of which is environmental protection; any federal or local counterparts or extensions of those sections or chapters; rules adopted under any such sections, chapters, counterparts, or extensions; and terms and conditions of orders, permits, licenses, license renewals, variances, exemptions, or plan approvals issued under such sections, chapters, counterparts, or extensions.
Sec. 3750.13.  (A)(1) Except as provided in division (A)(3) or (4) of this section, the owner or operator of a facility required to annually file an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form under section 3750.08 of the Revised Code shall submit with the inventory form a filing fee of one hundred fifty dollars. In addition to the filing fee, the owner or operator shall submit with the inventory form the following additional fees for reporting inventories of the individual hazardous chemicals and extremely hazardous substances produced, used, or stored at the facility:
(a) Except as provided in division (A)(1)(b) of this section, an additional fee of twenty dollars per hazardous chemical enumerated on the inventory form;
(b) An additional fee of one hundred fifty dollars per extremely hazardous substance enumerated on the inventory form. The fee established in division (A)(1)(a) of this section does not apply to the reporting of the inventory of a hazardous chemical that is also an extremely hazardous substance to which the inventory reporting fee established in division (A)(1)(b) of this section applies.
The total fees required to accompany any inventory form shall not exceed twenty-five hundred dollars.
(2) An owner or operator of a facility who fails to submit such an inventory form within thirty days after the applicable filing date prescribed in section 3750.08 of the Revised Code shall submit with the inventory form a late filing fee in the amount of ten per cent per year of the total fees due under division (A)(1) or (4) of this section, in addition to the fees due under division (A)(1) or (4) of this section.
(3) The owner or operator of a facility who, during the preceding year, was required to pay a fee to a municipal corporation pursuant to an ordinance, rule, or requirement that was in effect on the effective date of this section for the reporting or providing of the names or amounts of extremely hazardous substances or hazardous chemicals produced, used, or stored at the facility may claim a credit against the fees due under division (A)(1) or (4) of this section for the fees paid to the municipal corporation pursuant to its reporting requirement. The amount of the credit claimed in any reporting year shall not exceed the amount of the fees due under division (A)(1) or (4) of this section during that reporting year, and no unused portion of the credit shall be carried over to subsequent years. In order to claim a credit under this division, the owner or operator shall submit with the emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form a receipt issued by the municipal corporation or other documentation acceptable to the commission indicating the amount of the fee paid to the municipal corporation and the date on which the fee was paid.
(4) An owner or operator who is regulated under Chapter 1509. of the Revised Code and who submits information under section 1509.11 of the Revised Code for not more than twenty-five facilities shall submit to the emergency response commission on or before the first day of March a flat fee of fifty dollars if the facilities meet all of the following conditions:
(a) The facility exclusively stores crude oil or liquid hydrocarbons or other fluids resulting, obtained, or produced in connection with the production or storage of crude oil or natural gas.
(b) The crude oil, liquid hydrocarbons, or other fluids stored at the facility are conveyed directly to it through piping or tubing.
(c) The facility is located on the same site as, or on a site adjacent to, the well from which the crude oil, liquid hydrocarbons, or other fluids are produced or obtained.
(d) The facility is used for the storage of the crude oil, liquid hydrocarbons, or other fluids prior to their transportation off the premises of the facility for sale, use, or disposal.
An owner or operator who submits information for more than twenty-five facilities that meet all of the conditions prescribed in divisions (A)(4)(a) to (d) of this section shall submit to the commission a base fee of fifty dollars and an additional filing fee of ten dollars for each facility reported in excess of twenty-five, but not exceeding a total fee of nine hundred dollars.
As used in division (A)(4) of this section, "owner or operator" means the person who actually owns or operates any such facility and any other person who controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the person who actually owns or operates the facility.
(B) The emergency response commission and the local emergency planning committee of an emergency planning district may establish fees to be paid by persons, other than public officers or employees, obtaining copies of documents or information submitted to the commission or a committee under this chapter. The fees shall be established at a level calculated to defray the costs to the commission or committee for copying the documents or information, but shall not exceed the maximum fees established in rules adopted under division (B)(8) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code.
(C) Except as provided in this division and division (B) of this section, and except for fees authorized by section 3737.22 of the Revised Code or rules adopted under sections 3737.82 to 3737.882 of the Revised Code and collected exclusively for either of those purposes, no committee or political subdivision shall levy any fee, tax, excise, or other charge to carry out the purposes of this chapter. A committee may charge the actual costs involved in accessing any computerized data base established by the commission under this chapter or by the United States environmental protection agency under the "Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986," 100 Stat. 1729, 42 U.S.C.A. 11001.
(D) Moneys collected by the commission under this section shall be credited to the emergency planning and community right-to-know fund created in section 3750.14 of the Revised Code.
Sec. 3750.14.  (A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the emergency planning and community right-to-know fund. Moneys received by the emergency response commission under section 3750.13 of the Revised Code and civil penalties imposed under division (B) of section 3750.20 of the Revised Code shall be credited to the fund until an aggregate amount of five million dollars has been credited to it during a fiscal year. All moneys in excess of five million dollars so received during a fiscal year shall be credited to the emergency response and community right-to-know reserve fund created in section 3750.15 of the Revised Code.
(B) The emergency response commission shall administer the emergency planning and community right-to-know fund. On or before the first day of May of each year, the commission shall allocate moneys in the fund for grants to each of the following entities or classes of entities in the percentages stated:
(1) To the commission, not less than fifteen nor more than twenty-five per cent of the moneys in the fund;
(2) To local emergency planning committees, not less than sixty-five nor more than seventy-five per cent of the moneys in the fund;
(3) To fire departments, not less than five nor more than fifteen per cent of the moneys in the fund.
Moneys credited to the fund under section 3750.13 of the Revised Code from the fees paid by the owner or operator of a facility who first submitted an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form for the facility on or before the first day of March of the current year shall not be considered when making allocations under divisions (B)(1), (2), and (3) of this section, but shall be distributed pursuant to division (E) of this section. The allocated moneys shall be distributed at the start of each fiscal year. The commission's decisions on the distribution of moneys from the fund are not appealable.
(C) From the moneys allocated under division (B)(1), (2), or (3) of this section, as appropriate, the commission shall make grants from the fund to the commission, local emergency planning committees, and fire departments for implementation and administration of this chapter and rules adopted under it, including, without limitation, the development and implementation of chemical emergency response and preparedness plans. The commission shall make grants under this division in accordance with rules adopted under division (B)(7) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code. In making grants to committees and fire departments under this division, the commission shall consider the needs of the emergency planning district or fire department in terms of the minimum amount of money necessary for a committee to prepare or revise, exercise, and review its chemical emergency response and preparedness plan in terms of its minimum requirements for personnel and essential office equipment; the number of facilities in the district or under the jurisdiction of the fire department that are subject to section 3750.05 of the Revised Code; the amounts of extremely hazardous substances produced, used, or stored in the district or territory under the jurisdiction of the fire department; the amounts of hazardous materials transported in or through the district or territory under the jurisdiction of the fire department; and the population within the district or under the jurisdiction of the fire department that resides in close proximity to facilities that are subject to that section and to principal routes for the transportation of hazardous materials identified or listed by regulations adopted under the "Hazardous Materials Transportation Act," 88 Stat. 2156 (1975), 49 U.S.C.A. 1801, as amended.
Each application for a grant under this division shall be made in accordance with rules adopted under division (B)(7) of section 3750.02 of the Revised Code and shall demonstrate that the grant will enhance the ability of the recipient or, in the case of the commission, the state as a whole to prepare for and respond to releases of hazardous substances and extremely hazardous substances. A fire department shall apply for and receive a grant under this division only through the committee for the emergency planning district in which the fire department is located.
(D)(1) Moneys received by the commission, committees, and fire departments under this section shall not be used to do any of the following:
(a) Acquire first response equipment, except as otherwise provided in division (D)(4) of this section;
(b) Defray costs for copying and mailing hazardous chemical lists, material safety data sheets, or emergency and hazardous chemical inventory forms submitted under this chapter for distribution to the public;
(c) Reimburse any person for expenditures incurred for emergency response and cleanup of a release of oil, a hazardous substance, or an extremely hazardous substance;
(d) Perform any assessment of damages to natural resources resulting from a release of oil, a hazardous substance, or an extremely hazardous substance.
(2) The commission may use moneys in the fund to pay the costs incurred by other state agencies in implementing and administering the requirements of this chapter and rules adopted under it.
(3) In making a grant under this section to the fire department of a municipal corporation that is collecting a fee pursuant to an ordinance, rule, or requirement for the reporting or providing of the names and amounts of extremely hazardous substances or hazardous chemicals produced, used, or stored at facilities in the municipal corporation that was in effect on the effective date of this section, the commission shall first determine the amount of the grant for which the fire department would otherwise be eligible under this section and shall subtract from that amount the total amount of the moneys collected by the municipal corporation during the preceding year pursuant to the reporting requirement, as certified to the commission in the grant application. If that calculation yields a positive remainder, the commission may make a grant to the fire department in that amount. Otherwise, the fire department is not eligible for a grant under this section for that year.
(4) After a committee determines that the initial training needs for emergency management personnel within its emergency planning district set forth in the committee's plan or most recent review of its plan under section 3750.04 of the Revised Code have been met, a committee may make grants from the moneys it receives under this section to fire departments located within the district for the purchase of first response equipment.
(5) During the first three fiscal years commencing after December 14, 1988, political subdivisions within an emergency planning district may apply to the committee of the district for reimbursement of moneys spent and in-kind contributions made by the political subdivision to the committee at any time prior to the committee's receipt of its first grant under this section for performance of the functions of a local emergency planning committee. The committee may make grants from the moneys it receives under this section during those fiscal years to reimburse any portion of the contributions made by a political subdivision to the committee to the extent that the committee considers that moneys are available for that purpose.
(E) In the year in which the owner or operator of a facility who is subject to filing an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form for the facility first files a form for the facility, the commission shall make a grant to the local emergency planning committee of the emergency planning district in which the facility is located for the total amount of the fees and any penalties collected under division (A)(1), or (2), or (4) of section 3750.13 of the Revised Code in that year in connection with the filing of the form for the facility. The amount of the grant provided under this division shall be in addition to any grant provided to the committee under division (C) of this section or division (B) of section 3750.15 of the Revised Code. The amount of a grant to be provided under this division shall not be considered in determining the committee's need for a grant under division (C) of this section or division (B) of section 3750.15 of the Revised Code or in determining the amount of any such grant. If a committee also will receive a grant under division (C) of this section, the grant provided under this division shall accompany that grant. If a committee will not receive a grant under division (C) of this section in a year in which the committee is to receive a grant under this division, the grant under this division shall be made to the committee at the time that the grants under division (C) of this section are distributed. Moneys received by a local committee under this division shall be used for the same purposes as the grants received under division (C) of this section.
Sec. 6109.10.  (A)(1) As used in this section, "lead free" means:
(1) When used with respect to solders or flux, solders or flux containing (a) Containing not more than two-tenths of one per cent lead when used with respect to solders or flux;
(2) When used with respect to pipes or pipe fittings, pipes or pipe fittings containing (b) Containing not more than eight a weighted average of twenty-five-hundredths per cent lead when used with respect to wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, or plumbing fittings or fixtures.
(B) Any pipe, pipe fitting, solder, or flux that is used in the installation or repair of a public water system or of any plumbing in a residential or nonresidential facility providing water for human consumption which is connected to a public water system shall be lead free. This division does not apply to leaded joints necessary for the repair of cast iron pipes. (2) For purposes of this section, the weighted average lead content of a pipe, pipe fitting, or plumbing fitting or fixture shall be calculated by using the following formula: for each wetted component, the percentage of lead in the component shall be multiplied by the ratio of the wetted surface area of that component to the total wetted surface area of the entire product to determine the weighted percentage of lead of the component. The weighted percentage of lead of each wetted component shall be added together, and the sum of the weighted percentages shall constitute the weighted average lead content of the product. The lead content of the material used to produce wetted components shall be used to determine whether the wetted surfaces are lead free pursuant to division (A)(1)(b) of this section. For purposes of the lead contents of materials that are provided as a range, the maximum content of the range shall be used.
(B) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, no person shall do any of the following:
(1) Use any pipe, pipe fitting, plumbing fitting or fixture, solder, or flux that is not lead free in the installation or repair of a public water system or of any plumbing in a residential or nonresidential facility providing water for human consumption;
(2) Introduce into commerce any pipe, pipe fitting, or plumbing fitting or fixture that is not lead free;
(3) Sell solder or flux that is not lead free while engaged in the business of selling plumbing supplies;
(4) Introduce into commerce any solder or flux that is not lead free unless the solder or flux has a prominent label stating that it is illegal to use the solder or flux in the installation or repair of any plumbing providing water for human consumption.
(C) Each The owner or operator of a public water system shall identify and provide notice to persons that may be affected by lead contamination of their drinking water if the contamination results from the lead content in the construction materials of the public water distribution system, the corrosivity of the water supply is sufficient to cause the leaching of lead, or both. The notice shall be in such form and manner as may be reasonably required by the director of environmental protection, but shall provide a clear and readily understandable explanation of all of the following:
(1) Potential sources of lead in the drinking water;
(2) Potential adverse health effects;
(3) Reasonably available methods of mitigating known or potential lead content in drinking water;
(4) Any steps the public water system is taking to mitigate lead content in drinking water;
(5) The necessity, if any, of seeking alternative water supplies.
The notice shall be provided notwithstanding the absence of a violation of any drinking water standard.
(D)(1) Division (B)(1) of this section does not apply to the use of leaded joints that are necessary for the repair of cast iron pipes.
(2) Division (B)(2) of this section does not apply to a pipe that is used in manufacturing or industrial processing.
(3) Division (B)(3) of this section does not apply to the selling of plumbing supplies by manufacturers of those supplies.
(4) Division (B) of this section does not apply to either of the following:
(a) Pipes, pipe fittings, or plumbing fittings or fixtures, including backflow preventers, that are used exclusively for nonpotable services such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering, or any other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption;
(b) Toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles, or water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter or larger.
Sec. 6111.03.  The director of environmental protection may do any of the following:
(A) Develop plans and programs for the prevention, control, and abatement of new or existing pollution of the waters of the state;
(B) Advise, consult, and cooperate with other agencies of the state, the federal government, other states, and interstate agencies and with affected groups, political subdivisions, and industries in furtherance of the purposes of this chapter. Before adopting, amending, or rescinding a standard or rule pursuant to division (G) of this section or section 6111.041 or 6111.042 of the Revised Code, the director shall do all of the following:
(1) Mail notice to each statewide organization that the director determines represents persons who would be affected by the proposed standard or rule, amendment thereto, or rescission thereof at least thirty-five days before any public hearing thereon;
(2) Mail a copy of each proposed standard or rule, amendment thereto, or rescission thereof to any person who requests a copy, within five days after receipt of the request therefor;
(3) Consult with appropriate state and local government agencies or their representatives, including statewide organizations of local government officials, industrial representatives, and other interested persons.
Although the director is expected to discharge these duties diligently, failure to mail any such notice or copy or to so consult with any person shall not invalidate any proceeding or action of the director.
(C) Administer grants from the federal government and from other sources, public or private, for carrying out any of its functions, all such moneys to be deposited in the state treasury and kept by the treasurer of state in a separate fund subject to the lawful orders of the director;
(D) Administer state grants for the construction of sewage and waste collection and treatment works;
(E) Encourage, participate in, or conduct studies, investigations, research, and demonstrations relating to water pollution, and the causes, prevention, control, and abatement thereof, that are advisable and necessary for the discharge of the director's duties under this chapter;
(F) Collect and disseminate information relating to water pollution and prevention, control, and abatement thereof;
(G) Adopt, amend, and rescind rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code governing the procedure for hearings, the filing of reports, the issuance of permits, the issuance of industrial water pollution control certificates, and all other matters relating to procedure;
(H) Issue, modify, or revoke orders to prevent, control, or abate water pollution by such means as the following:
(1) Prohibiting or abating discharges of sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes into the waters of the state;
(2) Requiring the construction of new disposal systems or any parts thereof, or the modification, extension, or alteration of existing disposal systems or any parts thereof;
(3) Prohibiting additional connections to or extensions of a sewerage system when the connections or extensions would result in an increase in the polluting properties of the effluent from the system when discharged into any waters of the state;
(4) Requiring compliance with any standard or rule adopted under sections 6111.01 to 6111.05 of the Revised Code or term or condition of a permit.
In the making of those orders, wherever compliance with a rule adopted under section 6111.042 of the Revised Code is not involved, consistent with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the director shall give consideration to, and base the determination on, evidence relating to the technical feasibility and economic reasonableness of complying with those orders and to evidence relating to conditions calculated to result from compliance with those orders, and their relation to benefits to the people of the state to be derived from such compliance in accomplishing the purposes of this chapter.
(I) Review plans, specifications, or other data relative to disposal systems or any part thereof in connection with the issuance of orders, permits, and industrial water pollution control certificates under this chapter;
(J)(1) Issue, revoke, modify, or deny sludge management permits and permits for the discharge of sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes into the waters of the state, and for the installation or modification of disposal systems or any parts thereof in compliance with all requirements of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and mandatory regulations adopted thereunder, including regulations adopted under section 405 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and set terms and conditions of permits, including schedules of compliance, where necessary. Any person who discharges, transports, or handles storm water from an animal feeding facility, as defined in section 903.01 of the Revised Code, or pollutants from a concentrated animal feeding operation, as both terms are defined in that section, is not required to obtain a permit under division (J)(1) of this section for the installation or modification of a disposal system involving pollutants or storm water or any parts of such a system on and after the date on which the director of agriculture has finalized the program required under division (A)(1) of section 903.02 of the Revised Code. In addition, any person who discharges, transports, or handles storm water from an animal feeding facility, as defined in section 903.01 of the Revised Code, or pollutants from a concentrated animal feeding operation, as both terms are defined in that section, is not required to obtain a permit under division (J)(1) of this section for the discharge of storm water from an animal feeding facility or pollutants from a concentrated animal feeding operation on and after the date on which the United States environmental protection agency approves the NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture under section 903.08 of the Revised Code.
Any permit terms and conditions set by the director shall be designed to achieve and maintain full compliance with the national effluent limitations, national standards of performance for new sources, and national toxic and pretreatment effluent standards set under that act, and any other mandatory requirements of that act that are imposed by regulation of the administrator of the United States environmental protection agency. If an applicant for a sludge management permit also applies for a related permit for the discharge of sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes into the waters of the state, the director may combine the two permits and issue one permit to the applicant.
A sludge management permit is not required for an entity that treats or transports sewage sludge or for a sanitary landfill when all of the following apply:
(a) The entity or sanitary landfill does not generate the sewage sludge.
(b) Prior to receipt at the sanitary landfill, the entity has ensured that the sewage sludge meets the requirements established in rules adopted by the director under section 3734.02 of the Revised Code concerning disposal of municipal solid waste in a sanitary landfill.
(c) Disposal of the sewage sludge occurs at a sanitary landfill that complies with rules adopted by the director under section 3734.02 of the Revised Code.
As used in division (J)(1) of this section, "sanitary landfill" means a sanitary landfill facility, as defined in rules adopted under section 3734.02 of the Revised Code, that is licensed as a solid waste facility under section 3734.05 of the Revised Code.
(2) An application for a permit or renewal thereof shall be denied if any of the following applies:
(a) The secretary of the army determines in writing that anchorage or navigation would be substantially impaired thereby;
(b) The director determines that the proposed discharge or source would conflict with an areawide waste treatment management plan adopted in accordance with section 208 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
(c) The administrator of the United States environmental protection agency objects in writing to the issuance or renewal of the permit in accordance with section 402 (d) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
(d) The application is for the discharge of any radiological, chemical, or biological warfare agent or high-level radioactive waste into the waters of the United States.
(3) To achieve and maintain applicable standards of quality for the waters of the state adopted pursuant to section 6111.041 of the Revised Code, the director shall impose, where necessary and appropriate, as conditions of each permit, water quality related effluent limitations in accordance with sections 301, 302, 306, 307, and 405 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and, to the extent consistent with that act, shall give consideration to, and base the determination on, evidence relating to the technical feasibility and economic reasonableness of removing the polluting properties from those wastes and to evidence relating to conditions calculated to result from that action and their relation to benefits to the people of the state and to accomplishment of the purposes of this chapter.
(4) Where a discharge having a thermal component from a source that is constructed or modified on or after October 18, 1972, meets national or state effluent limitations or more stringent permit conditions designed to achieve and maintain compliance with applicable standards of quality for the waters of the state, which limitations or conditions will ensure protection and propagation of a balanced, indigenous population of shellfish, fish, and wildlife in or on the body of water into which the discharge is made, taking into account the interaction of the thermal component with sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes, the director shall not impose any more stringent limitation on the thermal component of the discharge, as a condition of a permit or renewal thereof for the discharge, during a ten-year period beginning on the date of completion of the construction or modification of the source, or during the period of depreciation or amortization of the source for the purpose of section 167 or 169 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, whichever period ends first.
(5) The director shall specify in permits for the discharge of sewage, industrial waste, and other wastes, the net volume, net weight, duration, frequency, and, where necessary, concentration of the sewage, industrial waste, and other wastes that may be discharged into the waters of the state. The director shall specify in those permits and in sludge management permits that the permit is conditioned upon payment of applicable fees as required by section 3745.11 of the Revised Code and upon the right of the director's authorized representatives to enter upon the premises of the person to whom the permit has been issued for the purpose of determining compliance with this chapter, rules adopted thereunder, or the terms and conditions of a permit, order, or other determination. The director shall issue or deny an application for a sludge management permit or a permit for a new discharge, for the installation or modification of a disposal system, or for the renewal of a permit, within one hundred eighty days of the date on which a complete application with all plans, specifications, construction schedules, and other pertinent information required by the director is received.
(6) The director may condition permits upon the installation of discharge or water quality monitoring equipment or devices and the filing of periodic reports on the amounts and contents of discharges and the quality of receiving waters that the director prescribes. The director shall condition each permit for a government-owned disposal system or any other "treatment works" as defined in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act upon the reporting of new introductions of industrial waste or other wastes and substantial changes in volume or character thereof being introduced into those systems or works from "industrial users" as defined in section 502 of that act, as necessary to comply with section 402(b)(8) of that act; upon the identification of the character and volume of pollutants subject to pretreatment standards being introduced into the system or works; and upon the existence of a program to ensure compliance with pretreatment standards by "industrial users" of the system or works. In requiring monitoring devices and reports, the director, to the extent consistent with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, shall give consideration to technical feasibility and economic reasonableness and shall allow reasonable time for compliance.
(7) A permit may be issued for a period not to exceed five years and may be renewed upon application for renewal. In renewing a permit, the director shall consider the compliance history of the permit holder and may deny the renewal if the director determines that the permit holder has not complied with the terms and conditions of the existing permit. A permit may be modified, suspended, or revoked for cause, including, but not limited to, violation of any condition of the permit, obtaining a permit by misrepresentation or failure to disclose fully all relevant facts of the permitted discharge or of the sludge use, storage, treatment, or disposal practice, or changes in any condition that requires either a temporary or permanent reduction or elimination of the permitted activity. No application shall be denied or permit revoked or modified without a written order stating the findings upon which the denial, revocation, or modification is based. A copy of the order shall be sent to the applicant or permit holder by certified mail.
(K) Institute or cause to be instituted in any court of competent jurisdiction proceedings to compel compliance with this chapter or with the orders of the director issued under this chapter, or to ensure compliance with sections 204(b), 307, 308, and 405 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
(L) Issue, deny, revoke, or modify industrial water pollution control certificates;
(M) Certify to the government of the United States or any agency thereof that an industrial water pollution control facility is in conformity with the state program or requirements for the control of water pollution whenever the certification may be required for a taxpayer under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, as amended;
(N) Issue, modify, and revoke orders requiring any "industrial user" of any publicly owned "treatment works" as defined in sections 212(2) and 502(18) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to comply with pretreatment standards; establish and maintain records; make reports; install, use, and maintain monitoring equipment or methods, including, where appropriate, biological monitoring methods; sample discharges in accordance with methods, at locations, at intervals, and in a manner that the director determines; and provide other information that is necessary to ascertain whether or not there is compliance with toxic and pretreatment effluent standards. In issuing, modifying, and revoking those orders, the director, to the extent consistent with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, shall give consideration to technical feasibility and economic reasonableness and shall allow reasonable time for compliance.
(O) Exercise all incidental powers necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter;
(P) Certify or deny certification to any applicant for a federal license or permit to conduct any activity that may result in any discharge into the waters of the state that the discharge will comply with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
(Q) Administer and enforce the publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program in accordance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. In the administration of that program, the director may do any of the following:
(1) Apply and enforce pretreatment standards;
(2) Approve and deny requests for approval of publicly owned treatment works pretreatment programs, oversee those programs, and implement, in whole or in part, those programs under any of the following conditions:
(a) The director has denied a request for approval of the publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program;
(b) The director has revoked the publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program;
(c) There is no pretreatment program currently being implemented by the publicly owned treatment works;
(d) The publicly owned treatment works has requested the director to implement, in whole or in part, the pretreatment program.
(3) Require that a publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program be incorporated in a permit issued to a publicly owned treatment works as required by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, require compliance by publicly owned treatment works with those programs, and require compliance by industrial users with pretreatment standards;
(4) Approve and deny requests for authority to modify categorical pretreatment standards to reflect removal of pollutants achieved by publicly owned treatment works;
(5) Deny and recommend approval of requests for fundamentally different factors variances submitted by industrial users;
(6) Make determinations on categorization of industrial users;
(7) Adopt, amend, or rescind rules and issue, modify, or revoke orders necessary for the administration and enforcement of the publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program.
Any approval of a publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program may contain any terms and conditions, including schedules of compliance, that are necessary to achieve compliance with this chapter.
(R) Except as otherwise provided in this division, adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing procedures, methods, and equipment and other requirements for equipment to prevent and contain discharges of oil and hazardous substances into the waters of the state. The rules shall be consistent with and equivalent in scope, content, and coverage to section 311(j)(1)(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and regulations adopted under it. The director shall not adopt rules under this division relating to discharges of oil from oil production facilities and oil drilling and workover facilities as those terms are defined in that act and regulations adopted under it.
(S)(1) Administer and enforce a program for the regulation of sludge management in this state. In administering the program, the director, in addition to exercising the authority provided in any other applicable sections of this chapter, may do any of the following:
(a) Develop plans and programs for the disposal and utilization of sludge and sludge materials;
(b) Encourage, participate in, or conduct studies, investigations, research, and demonstrations relating to the disposal and use of sludge and sludge materials and the impact of sludge and sludge materials on land located in the state and on the air and waters of the state;
(c) Collect and disseminate information relating to the disposal and use of sludge and sludge materials and the impact of sludge and sludge materials on land located in the state and on the air and waters of the state;
(d) Issue, modify, or revoke orders to prevent, control, or abate the use and disposal of sludge and sludge materials or the effects of the use of sludge and sludge materials on land located in the state and on the air and waters of the state;
(e) Adopt and enforce, modify, or rescind rules necessary for the implementation of division (S) of this section. The rules reasonably shall protect public health and the environment, encourage the beneficial reuse of sludge and sludge materials, and minimize the creation of nuisance odors.
The director may specify in sludge management permits the net volume, net weight, quality, and pollutant concentration of the sludge or sludge materials that may be used, stored, treated, or disposed of, and the manner and frequency of the use, storage, treatment, or disposal, to protect public health and the environment from adverse effects relating to those activities. The director shall impose other terms and conditions to protect public health and the environment, minimize the creation of nuisance odors, and achieve compliance with this chapter and rules adopted under it and, in doing so, shall consider whether the terms and conditions are consistent with the goal of encouraging the beneficial reuse of sludge and sludge materials.
The director may condition permits on the implementation of treatment, storage, disposal, distribution, or application management methods and the filing of periodic reports on the amounts, composition, and quality of sludge and sludge materials that are disposed of, used, treated, or stored.
An approval of a treatment works sludge disposal program may contain any terms and conditions, including schedules of compliance, necessary to achieve compliance with this chapter and rules adopted under it.
(2) As a part of the program established under division (S)(1) of this section, the director has exclusive authority to regulate sewage sludge management in this state. For purposes of division (S)(2) of this section, that program shall be consistent with section 405 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and regulations adopted under it and with this section, except that the director may adopt rules under division (S) of this section that establish requirements that are more stringent than section 405 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and regulations adopted under it with regard to monitoring sewage sludge and sewage sludge materials and establishing acceptable sewage sludge management practices and pollutant levels in sewage sludge and sewage sludge materials.
This chapter authorizes the state to participate in any national sludge management program and the national pollutant discharge elimination system, to administer and enforce the publicly owned treatment works pretreatment program, and to issue permits for the discharge of dredged or fill materials, in accordance with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. This chapter shall be administered, consistent with the laws of this state and federal law, in the same manner that the Federal Water Pollution Control Act is required to be administered.
This section does not apply to animal waste residual farm products and manure disposal systems and related management and conservation practices subject to rules adopted pursuant to division (E)(4)(C)(1) of section 1511.02 939.02 of the Revised Code. For purposes of this exclusion, "residual farm products" and "manure" have the same meanings as in section 939.01 of the Revised Code. However, until the date on which the United States environmental protection agency approves the NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture under section 903.08 of the Revised Code, this exclusion does not apply to animal waste treatment works having a controlled direct discharge to the waters of the state or any concentrated animal feeding operation, as defined in 40 C.F.R. 122.23(b)(2). On and after the date on which the United States environmental protection agency approves the NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture under section 903.08 of the Revised Code, this section does not apply to storm water from an animal feeding facility, as defined in section 903.01 of the Revised Code, or to pollutants discharged from a concentrated animal feeding operation, as both terms are defined in that section. Neither of these exclusions applies to the discharge of animal waste into a publicly owned treatment works.
Sec. 6111.04.  (A) Both of the following apply except as otherwise provided in division (A) or (F) of this section:
(1) No person shall cause pollution or place or cause to be placed any sewage, sludge, sludge materials, industrial waste, or other wastes in a location where they cause pollution of any waters of the state.
(2) Such an action prohibited under division (A)(1) of this section is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.
Divisions (A)(1) and (2) of this section do not apply if the person causing pollution or placing or causing to be placed wastes in a location in which they cause pollution of any waters of the state holds a valid, unexpired permit, or renewal of a permit, governing the causing or placement as provided in sections 6111.01 to 6111.08 of the Revised Code or if the person's application for renewal of such a permit is pending.
(B) If the director of environmental protection administers a sludge management program pursuant to division (S) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code, both of the following apply except as otherwise provided in division (B) or (F) of this section:
(1) No person, in the course of sludge management, shall place on land located in the state or release into the air of the state any sludge or sludge materials.
(2) An action prohibited under division (B)(1) of this section is hereby declared to be a public nuisance.
Divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section do not apply if the person placing or releasing the sludge or sludge materials holds a valid, unexpired permit, or renewal of a permit, governing the placement or release as provided in sections 6111.01 to 6111.08 of the Revised Code or if the person's application for renewal of such a permit is pending.
(C) No person to whom a permit has been issued shall place or discharge, or cause to be placed or discharged, in any waters of the state any sewage, sludge, sludge materials, industrial waste, or other wastes in excess of the permissive discharges specified under an existing permit without first receiving a permit from the director to do so.
(D) No person to whom a sludge management permit has been issued shall place on the land or release into the air of the state any sludge or sludge materials in excess of the permissive amounts specified under the existing sludge management permit without first receiving a modification of the existing sludge management permit or a new sludge management permit to do so from the director.
(E) The director may require the submission of plans, specifications, and other information that the director considers relevant in connection with the issuance of permits.
(F) This section does not apply to any of the following:
(1) Waters used in washing sand, gravel, other aggregates, or mineral products when the washing and the ultimate disposal of the water used in the washing, including any sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes contained in the waters, are entirely confined to the land under the control of the person engaged in the recovery and processing of the sand, gravel, other aggregates, or mineral products and do not result in the pollution of waters of the state;
(2) Water, gas, or other material injected into a well to facilitate, or that is incidental to, the production of oil, gas, artificial brine, or water derived in association with oil or gas production and disposed of in a well, in compliance with a permit issued under Chapter 1509. of the Revised Code, or sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes injected into a well in compliance with an injection well operating permit. Division (F)(2) of this section does not authorize, without a permit, any discharge that is prohibited by, or for which a permit is required by, regulation of the United States environmental protection agency.
(3) Application of any materials to land for agricultural purposes or runoff of the materials from that application or pollution by animal waste residual farm products, manure, or soil sediment, including attached substances, resulting from farming, silvicultural, or earthmoving activities regulated by Chapter 307., 939., or 1511. of the Revised Code. Division (F)(3) of this section does not authorize, without a permit, any discharge that is prohibited by, or for which a permit is required by, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or regulations adopted under it. As used in division (F)(3) of this section, "residual farm products" and "manure" have the same meanings as in section 939.01 of the Revised Code.
(4) The excrement of domestic and farm animals defecated on land or runoff therefrom into any waters of the state. Division (F)(4) of this section does not authorize, without a permit, any discharge that is prohibited by, or for which a permit is required by, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or regulations adopted under it.
(5) On and after the date on which the United States environmental protection agency approves the NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture under section 903.08 of the Revised Code, any discharge that is within the scope of the approved NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture;
(6) The discharge of sewage, industrial waste, or other wastes into a sewerage system tributary to a treatment works. Division (F)(6) of this section does not authorize any discharge into a publicly owned treatment works in violation of a pretreatment program applicable to the publicly owned treatment works.
(7) A household sewage treatment system or a small flow on-site sewage treatment system, as applicable, as defined in section 3718.01 of the Revised Code that is installed in compliance with Chapter 3718. of the Revised Code and rules adopted under it. Division (F)(7) of this section does not authorize, without a permit, any discharge that is prohibited by, or for which a permit is required by, regulation of the United States environmental protection agency.
(8) Exceptional quality sludge generated outside of this state and contained in bags or other containers not greater than one hundred pounds in capacity. As used in division (F)(8) of this section, "exceptional quality sludge" has the same meaning as in division (Y) of section 3745.11 of the Revised Code.
(G) The holder of a permit issued under section 402 (a) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act need not obtain a permit for a discharge authorized by the permit until its expiration date. Except as otherwise provided in this division, the director of environmental protection shall administer and enforce those permits within this state and may modify their terms and conditions in accordance with division (J) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code. On and after the date on which the United States environmental protection agency approves the NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture under section 903.08 of the Revised Code, the director of agriculture shall administer and enforce those permits within this state that are issued for any discharge that is within the scope of the approved NPDES program submitted by the director of agriculture.
Sec. 6111.44.  (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, in section 6111.14 of the Revised Code, or in rules adopted under division (G) of section 6111.03 of the Revised Code, no municipal corporation, county, public institution, corporation, or officer or employee thereof or other person shall provide or install sewerage or treatment works for sewage, sludge, or sludge materials disposal or treatment or make a change in any sewerage or treatment works until the plans therefor have been submitted to and approved by the director of environmental protection. Sections 6111.44 to 6111.46 of the Revised Code apply to sewerage and treatment works of a municipal corporation or part thereof, an unincorporated community, a county sewer district, or other land outside of a municipal corporation or any publicly or privately owned building or group of buildings or place, used for the assemblage, entertainment, recreation, education, correction, hospitalization, housing, or employment of persons.
In granting an approval, the director may stipulate modifications, conditions, and rules that the public health and prevention of pollution may require. Any action taken by the director shall be a matter of public record and shall be entered in the director's journal. Each period of thirty days that a violation of this section continues, after a conviction for the violation, constitutes a separate offense.
(B) Sections 6111.45 and 6111.46 of the Revised Code and division (A) of this section do not apply to any of the following:
(1) Sewerage or treatment works for sewage installed or to be installed for the use of a private residence or dwelling;
(2) Sewerage systems, treatment works, or disposal systems for storm water from an animal feeding facility or manure, as "animal feeding facility" and "manure" are defined in section 903.01 of the Revised Code;
(3) Animal waste Residual farm products and manure treatment or disposal works and related management and conservation practices that are subject to rules adopted under division (E)(2)(C)(1) of section 1511.02 939.02 of the Revised Code;. As used in division (B)(3) of this section, "residual farm products" and "manure" have the same meanings as in section 939.01 of the Revised Code.
(4) Sewerage or treatment works for the on-lot disposal or treatment of sewage from a small flow on-site sewage treatment system, as defined in section 3718.01 of the Revised Code, if the board of health of a city or general health district has notified the director of health and the director of environmental protection under section 3718.021 of the Revised Code that the board has chosen to regulate the system, provided that the board remains in compliance with the rules adopted under division (A)(13) of section 3718.02 of the Revised Code.
The exclusions established in divisions (B)(2) and (3) of this section do not apply to the construction or installation of disposal systems, as defined in section 6111.01 of the Revised Code, that are located at an animal feeding facility and that store, treat, or discharge wastewaters that do not include storm water or manure or that discharge to a publicly owned treatment works.
Sec. 6111.99.  (A) Whoever knowingly violates section 6111.04, 6111.042, 6111.05, or division (A) or (C) of section 6111.07 of the Revised Code is guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year four years, or both. Each day of violation is a separate offense.
(B) Whoever recklessly violates section 6111.04, 6111.042, 6111.045 or, 6111.047, 6111.05, 6111.45, or division (A) or (C) of section 6111.07 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. Each day of violation is a separate offense.
(C) Whoever violates section 6111.45 or 6111.46 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.
(D) Whoever violates division (C) of section 6111.07 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than twenty-five thousand dollars.
(E) Whoever violates section 6111.42 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars for a first offense; for each subsequent offense, the person shall be fined not more than one hundred fifty dollars.
(F)(E) Whoever violates section 6111.44 of the Revised Code shall be fined not more than one hundred ten thousand dollars. Each day of violation is a separate offense.
(F) If a person is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of any section of this chapter, in addition to the financial sanctions authorized by this chapter or section 2929.18 or 2929.28 or any other section of the Revised Code, the court imposing the sentence on the person may order the person to reimburse the state agency or a political subdivision for any response costs that it incurred in responding to the violation, including the cost of rectifying the violation and conditions caused by the violation.
Section 2.  That existing sections 901.22, 903.01, 903.03, 903.07, 903.082, 903.09, 903.10, 903.11, 903.12, 903.13, 903.16, 903.17, 903.25, 941.14, 953.22, 1501.01, 1501.011, 1509.01, 1509.02, 1509.04, 1509.05, 1509.06, 1509.061, 1509.08, 1509.11, 1509.222, 1509.223, 1509.23, 1509.27, 1509.33, 1509.99, 1511.01, 1511.02, 1511.021, 1511.022, 1511.05, 1511.07, 1511.99, 1515.01, 1515.02, 1515.08, 1533.081, 3704.05, 3734.02, 3734.029, 3745.70, 3750.13, 3750.14, 6109.10, 6111.03, 6111.04, 6111.44, and 6111.99 and sections 903.04, 1511.071, and 3750.081 of the Revised Code are hereby repealed.
Section 3. For purposes of the transfer by this act of the Agricultural Pollution Abatement Program established prior to the effective date of the amendment of the statutes governing the Program by this act under Chapter 1511. of the Revised Code from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture, all of the following apply:
(A) The Director of Natural Resources shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Director of Agriculture regarding the transfer of the Program.
(B) On the date on which the two Directors sign a memorandum of understanding under division (A) of this section, the Director of Natural Resources shall provide the Director of Agriculture with both of the following:
(1) Copies of all operation and management plans, or applicable portions of such plans, developed or approved by the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources under Chapter 1511. of the Revised Code or the supervisors of a soil and water conservation district under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code for the abatement of the degradation of the waters of the state by manure, including attached substances, that were developed or approved prior to the effective date of the amendment of the statutes governing the Program by this act;
(2) Copies of all operation and management plans, or applicable portions of such plans, and accompanying information that were submitted for approval by the Chief or the supervisors of a soil and water conservation district under Chapter 1511. or 1515. of the Revised Code, as applicable, prior to the effective date of the amendment of the statutes governing the Program by this act for the abatement of the degradation of the waters of the state by manure, including attached substances.
(C) Any business commenced but not completed by the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources relating to the Program on the effective date of the amendment of the statutes governing the Program by this act shall be completed by the Director of Agriculture. Any validation, cure, right, privilege, remedy, obligation, or liability is not lost or impaired solely by reason of the transfer required by this act and shall be administered by the Director of Agriculture in accordance with this act.
(D) All of the orders and determinations of the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources relating to the Agricultural Pollution Abatement Program continue in effect as orders and determinations of the Director of Agriculture until modified or rescinded by the Director.
(E) Whenever the Division of Soil and Water Resources or the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources, in relation to the Program, is referred to in any law, contract, or other document, the reference shall be deemed to refer to the Department of Agriculture or to the Director of Agriculture, whichever is appropriate in context.
(F) Any action or proceeding pending on the effective date of the amendment of the statutes governing the Program by this act is not affected by the transfer of the functions of that Program by this act and shall be prosecuted or defended in the name of the Department of Agriculture. In all such actions and proceedings, the Department of Agriculture, upon application to the court, shall be substituted as a party.
(G) As used in this section:
(1) "Soil and water conservation district" has the same meaning as in section 1515.01 of the Revised Code.
(2) "Waters of the state" and "operation and management plan" have the same meanings as in section 1511.01 of the Revised Code.
(3) "Manure" and "nutrient management plan" have the same meanings as in section 939.01 of the Revised Code.
Section 4. The Director of Agriculture shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that are identical to all of the following rules as those rules exist on the effective date of this section, except that references to the Division of Soil and Water Resources in the Department of Natural Resources shall be replaced with references to the Department of Agriculture, and references to the Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources shall be replaced with references to the Director of Agriculture:
(A) Rule 1501:15-5-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(B) Rule 1501:15-5-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(C) Rule 1501:15-5-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(D) Rule 1501:15-5-05 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(E) Rule 1501:15-5-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(F) Rule 1501:15-5-07 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(G) Rule 1501:15-5-14 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(H) Rule 1501:15-5-15 of the Ohio Administrative Code;
(I) Rule 1501:15-5-18 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
Section 5. Operation and management plans that were developed or approved under Chapter 1511. or 1515. of the Revised Code prior to the amendment of those chapters by this act continue in effect as nutrient management plans under Chapter 939. or 1515. of the Revised Code as enacted or amended by this act, as applicable.
Section 6. The Agricultural Pollution Abatement Fund that is created in section 939.11 of the Revised Code, as enacted by this act, is a continuation of the Agricultural Pollution Abatement Fund that was created in section 1511.071 of the Revised Code prior to its repeal by this act. Money credited to the Fund under section 1511.071 of the Revised Code, as repealed by this act, shall be used for the purposes specified in section 939.11 of the Revised Code, as enacted by this act.
Section 7. (A) In accordance with the amendment of section 1515.02 of the Revised Code by this act, the Governor shall appoint two additional members to the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission established in that section, as amended by this act, not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section as follows:
(1) One member shall be appointed for a term ending June 30, 2015.
(2) One member shall be appointed for a term ending June 30, 2016.
Thereafter, terms of office for the additional members shall be for four years, each term ending on the same day of the same month of the year as did the term that it succeeds. Those additional members may be reappointed in accordance with section 1515.02 of the Revised Code, as amended by this act.
(B) The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission established in section 1515.02 of the Revised Code, as amended by this act, is a continuation of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission established in that section prior to its amendment by this act.
Section 8. The amendment, enactment, or repeal of sections 901.22, 903.01, 903.03, 903.04, 903.07, 903.082, 903.09, 903.10, 903.11, 903.12, 903.13, 903.16, 903.17, 903.25, 939.01, 939.02, 939.03, 1511.022 (939.04), 939.05, 939.06, 939.07, 939.08, 939.09, 939.10, 939.11, 941.14, 953.22, 1511.01, 1511.02, 1511.021, 1511.023, 1511.05, 1511.07, 1511.071, 1511.09, 1511.99, 1515.01, 1515.02, 1515.08, 3734.02, 3734.029, 3745.70, 6111.03, 6111.04, and 6111.44 of the Revised Code and Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of this act takes effect on January 1, 2015.
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