1501.33 Applying for permit for major increase in withdrawal of waters of state.

(A) Except as provided in divisions (B) , (C), and (D) of this section, no person shall allow a facility that the person owns or operates to withdraw waters of the state in an amount that would result in a new or increased consumptive use of more than an average of two million gallons of water per day in any thirty-day period without first obtaining a permit from the director of natural resources under section 1501.34 of the Revised Code. Prior to developing a new or increased withdrawal or consumptive use capacity that would facilitate a withdrawal requiring a permit under this section, an owner or operator of a facility shall submit an application for a permit to the director on a form the director prescribes . The application shall declare and document all of the following:

(1) The facility's current withdrawal capacity per day if the withdrawal is to occur at a facility already in operation;

(2) The total new or increased daily withdrawal capacity proposed for the facility;

(3) The locations and sources of water proposed to be withdrawn;

(4) The locations of proposed discharges or return flows;

(5) The locations and nature of proposed consumptive uses;

(6) The estimated average annual and monthly volumes and rates of withdrawal;

(7) The estimated average annual and monthly volumes and rates of consumptive use;

(8) The effects the withdrawal is anticipated to have with respect to existing uses of water resources;

(9) A description of other ways the applicant's need for water may be satisfied if the application is denied or modified;

(10) A description of the conservation practices the applicant intends to follow;

(11) Any other information the director may require by rule.

Each application shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of one thousand dollars, which shall be credited to the water management fund created under section 1501.32 of the Revised Code.

(B) A major utility facility that is subject to regulation under Chapter 4906. of the Revised Code need not obtain a permit under section 1501.34 of the Revised Code.

(C)

(1) A public water system, as that term is defined in section 6109.01 of the Revised Code, that withdraws waters of the state in an amount that would result in a new or increased consumptive use of more than two million gallons per day need not obtain a permit under section 1501.34 of the Revised Code if any of the following applies:

(a) The public water system was in operation on June 29, 1988, and no substantial changes are proposed for that system except as specified in division (C)(1)(c) of this section .

(b) A public water system that is proposed to be constructed or installed, or an existing system for which changes are proposed, encompasses only water distribution facilities .

(c) A public water system, other than one that encompasses only water distribution facilities, is proposed to be constructed or installed, or substantial changes in the design capacity of an existing system, other than one that encompasses only water distribution facilities, are proposed; the plans submitted for the system to the director of environmental protection under section 6109.07 of the Revised Code declare and document the information specified in division (A) of this section and rules adopted under it as determined by the director of natural resources; and the director of environmental protection has applied the criteria specified in division (A) of section 1501.34 of the Revised Code in reviewing and approving the plans as determined by the director of natural resources.

(2) Any public water system that withdraws waters of the state in an amount that would result in a new or increased consumptive use of more than two million gallons per day and that does not meet the criteria specified in division (C)(1)(a), (b), or (c) of this section shall obtain a permit under section 1501.34 of the Revised Code. A person who submits plans for such a system under section 6109.07 of the Revised Code may request the director of natural resources in writing to consider those plans as an application under this section. No later than twenty days after receiving the request, the director shall notify the person of one of the following:

(a) The plans declare and document the information specified in division (A) of this section and rules adopted under it and are accepted as an application under this section, and the person shall submit to the director the application fee required under division (A) of this section .

(b) Additional specified information is necessary before the director can accept the plans as an application .

(c) The plans do not meet the requirements of division (A) of this section and rules adopted under it and an application shall be submitted in accordance with this section.

(D) A facility that is required to obtain a permit under sections 1522.10 to 1522.21 of the Revised Code need not obtain a permit under section 1501.34 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.108, HB 473, §1, eff. 9/4/2012.

Effective Date: 06-29-1988