3734.21 Paying costs of closing, constructing or restoring facilities.

(A) The director of environmental protection may expend moneys credited to the hazardous waste facility management fund created in section 3734.18 of the Revised Code, the hazardous waste clean-up fund created in section 3734.28 of the Revised Code, or the environmental protection remediation fund created in section 3734.281 of the Revised Code for the payment of the cost of measures necessary for the proper closure of hazardous waste facilities or any solid waste facilities containing significant quantities of hazardous waste, for the payment of costs of the development and construction of suitable hazardous waste facilities required by division (B) of section 3734.23 of the Revised Code to the extent the director determines that such facilities are not available, and for the payment of costs that are necessary to abate conditions thereon that are causing or contributing to or threatening to cause or contribute to air or water pollution or soil contamination or that constitute a substantial threat to public health or safety. In addition, the director may expend and pledge moneys credited to the hazardous waste facility management fund, the hazardous waste clean-up fund, or the environmental protection remediation fund for repayment of and for interest on any loan made by the Ohio water development authority to the environmental protection agency for the payment of such costs.

(B) Before beginning to clean up any facility under this section, the director shall develop a plan for the cleanup and an estimate of the cost thereof. The plan shall include only those measures necessary to abate conditions thereon that are causing or contributing to or threatening to cause or contribute to air or water pollution or soil contamination or that constitute a substantial threat to public health or safety, including, but not limited to, establishment and maintenance of an adequate cover of soil and vegetation on any facility for the burial of hazardous waste to prevent the infiltration of water into cells where hazardous waste is buried, the accumulation or runoff of contaminated surface water, the production of leachate, and air emissions of hazardous waste; the collection and treatment of contaminated surface water runoff; the collection and treatment of leachate; or, if conditions so require, the removal of hazardous waste from the facility and the treatment or disposal of the waste at a suitable hazardous waste facility. The plan or any part of the plan for the cleanup of the facility shall be carried out by entering into contracts therefor in accordance with the procedures established in division (C) of section 3734.23 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 07-01-1985; 09-29-2005