(A) Transfers of permits for concentrated animal feeding facilities and concentrated animal feeding operations are permissible.
(B) In this rule, transferor means the current holder of a permit to install and/or permit to operate and/or NPDES permit. Transferee means the person making application to acquire the existing permit.
(1) The director shall be notified in writing by the transferor at least thirty days prior to any proposed transfer of a permit. The transferee shall inform the director that it will assume the responsibilities of the transferor.
(2) The notice shall include a written agreement between the transferor and transferee containing a specific date for transfer of permit responsibility, coverage and liability between the parties..
(C) In order to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (B) of this rule, the following information shall be submitted by the transferee:
(1) The name and address of the transferor and the transferee. The transferee shall identify all partners if the transferee is a partnership or all officers and directors if the transferee is a corporation, and of any other person who has a right to control or in fact controls management of the transferee or the selection of officers, directors, or managers of the transferee. If the transferee is an owner or operator, the transferee must satisfy the requirements of this rule.
(2) In the case of an application for a transfer of a permit for a major concentrated animal feeding facility, written proof that includes copies of certificates or authenticating documentation that they will employ a certified livestock manager.
(D) Each application to transfer a permit that is submitted by a new owner or operator who has not operated a concentrated animal feeding facility in this state for at least two of the five years immediately preceding the submission of the application for transfer shall be accompanied by all of the following:
(1) A listing of all animal feeding facilities that the transferee has operated or is operating in this state;
(2) A listing of the animal feeding facilities that the transferee has operated or is operating elsewhere in the United States and that are regulated under the Act together with a listing of the concentrated animal feeding facilities that the transferee has operated or is operating outside the United States;
(3) A listing of all administrative enforcement orders issued in connection with the transferee; all civil actions in which the transferee 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; all criminal actions in which the transferee pleaded guilty or was convicted during the five years immediately preceding the submission of the application for transfer in connection with any violation of the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act," the "Safe Drinking Water Act," as defined in section 6109.01 of the Revised Code, or any other applicable state laws pertaining to environmental protection that was alleged to have occurred or to be occurring at any animal feeding facility that the transferee has operated or is operating in the United States or with any violation of the environmental laws of another country that was alleged to have occurred or to be occurring at any concentrated animal feeding facility that the transferee has operated or is operating outside the United States. The lists of concentrated animal feeding facilities operated by the transferee within or outside this state or outside the United States shall include, respectively, all such facilities operated by the transferee during the five-year period immediately preceding the submission of the application.
(E) Denial of transfer of permits to install, permits to operate, or NPDES permits. The director may deny the application for transfer if the director finds from the application, the information submitted and pertinent information obtained by the director at the director's discretion that the transferee and persons associated with the transferee in the operation of animal feeding facilities have a history of substantial noncompliance with the "Federal Water Pollution Control Act," the "Safe Drinking Water Act," as defined in section 6109.01 of the Revised Code, any other applicable state laws pertaining to environmental protection or the environmental laws of another country that indicates that the transferee lacks sufficient reliability, expertise and competence to operate the concentrated animal feeding facility in substantial compliance with this chapter and rules adopted under it. In evaluating a history of substantial noncompliance the director shall consider the information required to be submitted pursuant to rule 901:10-1-03 of the Administrative Code. A denial by the director may be appealed by the owner or operator in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(F) If the director does not notify the transferor or the transferee of an intention to object to the transfer, then the permit will be transferred. The director may also notify both the transferor and the transferee of the director's decision.
(G) The director may require modification or revocation and reissuance of the permit to change the name of the permittee and incorporate such other requirements as may be necessary under the act.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/06/2008 and 01/23/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 903.08, 903.10
Rule Amplifies: 903.01, 903.02, 903.03, 903.04, 903.05, 903.07, 903.08, 903.081, 903.082, 903.09, 903.10
Prior Effective Dates: 7/2/2002