3734.07 Facilities to be inspected - certification - right of entry.

(A) Before a license is initially issued and annually thereafter, or more often if necessary, the board of health shall cause each solid waste facility and infectious waste treatment facility to be inspected and a record to be made of each inspection and shall require each solid waste facility and infectious waste treatment facility in the health district to be in substantial compliance with this chapter and the rules adopted under it.

(B) Within thirty days after the issuance of a license, the board of health shall certify to the director of environmental protection that the solid waste facility or infectious waste treatment facility has been inspected and is in substantial compliance with this chapter and the rules adopted under it. Each board of health shall provide the director with such other information as he may require from time to time.

(C) The board of health or its authorized representative and the director or his authorized representative, upon proper identification and upon stating the purpose and necessity of an inspection, may enter at reasonable times upon any private or public property, real or personal, to inspect or investigate, obtain samples, and examine or copy any records to determine compliance with this chapter and the rules adopted under it. The board of health or its authorized representative or the director or his authorized representative may apply for, and any judge of a court of record may issue, an appropriate search warrant necessary to achieve the purposes of this chapter and the rules adopted under it within the court's territorial jurisdiction. If entry is refused or inspection or investigation is refused, hindered, or thwarted, the board of health may suspend or revoke the operating license of the solid waste facility or infectious waste treatment facility that refused entry, or the director may suspend or revoke the license or permit of the solid waste facility, hazardous waste facility, or infectious waste treatment facility that refused entry.

(D) If the entry authorized by division (C) of this section is refused or if the inspection or investigation so authorized is refused, hindered, or thwarted by intimidation or otherwise and the director, board of health, or authorized representative of either applies for and obtains a search warrant under division (C) of this section to conduct the inspection or investigation, the owner or operator of the premises where entry was refused or inspection or investigation was refused, hindered, or thwarted is liable to the director or board of health for the reasonable costs incurred by either for the regular salaries and fringe benefit costs of personnel assigned to conduct the inspection or investigation from the time the entry, inspection, or investigation was refused, hindered, or thwarted until the search warrant is executed; for the salary, fringe benefits, and travel expenses of the attorney general, prosecuting attorney of the county, or city director of law, or an authorized assistant, incurred in obtaining the search warrant; and for expenses necessarily incurred for the assistance of local law enforcement officers in executing the search warrant. In the application for the search warrant, the director or board of health may request and the court, in its order granting the search warrant, may order the owner or operator of the premises to reimburse the director or board of health for such of those costs as the court finds reasonable. From moneys recovered under this division, the director shall reimburse the attorney general for the costs incurred by him or his authorized assistant in connection with proceedings for obtaining the search warrant; shall reimburse the political subdivision in which the premises is located for the assistance of its law enforcement officers in executing the search warrant; and shall deposit the remainder of any such moneys to the credit of the hazardous waste facility management fund created in section 3734.18 of the Revised Code if the inspection or investigation pertained to compliance with the hazardous waste provisions of this chapter or a rule, order, or term or condition of a permit adopted or issued under them or with a rule adopted under section 3734.121 of the Revised Code to the credit of the general revenue fund if the inspection or investigation pertained to compliance with the solid waste provisions of this chapter or rules, orders, or terms and conditions of a permit, license, or variance adopted or issued under them, other than the provisions governing solid wastes that consist of scrap tires; to the credit of the scrap tire management fund created in section 3734.82 of the Revised Code if the inspection or investigation pertained to compliance with the provisions of this chapter governing solid wastes that consist of scrap tires or rules, orders, or terms and conditions of a permit, license, or variance adopted or issued under them; or to the credit of the infectious waste management fund created in section 3734.021 of the Revised Code if the inspection or investigation pertained to compliance with the infectious waste provisions of this chapter or rules, orders, or terms and conditions of a permit or license issued under them. From moneys recovered under this division, the board of health shall reimburse the prosecuting attorney of the county or city director of law for the costs incurred by him or an authorized assistant in connection with proceedings for obtaining the search warrant; shall reimburse the political subdivision in which the premises is located for the assistance of its law enforcement officers in executing the search warrant; and shall deposit the remainder of any such moneys to the special infectious waste fund of the health district created under division (C) of section 3734.06 of the Revised Code if the inspection or investigation pertained to compliance with the infectious waste provisions of this chapter or rules, orders, or terms and conditions of a permit or license issued under them to the credit of the special fund of the health district created under division (B) of section 3734.06 of the Revised Code if the inspection or investigation pertained to compliance with the solid waste provisions of this chapter or rules, orders, or terms and conditions of a permit, license, or variance adopted or issued under them, other than the provisions governing solid wastes that consist of scrap tires; or to the credit of the special fund of the health district created under division (F) of section 3734.82 of the Revised Code if the inspection or investigation pertained to compliance with the provisions of this chapter governing solid wastes that consist of scrap tires or rules, orders, or terms and conditions of a permit, license, or variance adopted or issued under them.

Cite as R.C. § 3734.07

History. Effective Date: 10-29-1993