3734.51 Solid waste management advisory council.

There is hereby created within the environmental protection agency the solid waste management advisory council consisting of the directors of environmental protection and development, or their designees, as members ex officio, one member of the senate to be appointed by the president of the senate, one member of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and fourteen members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Of the appointed members, one shall be an employee of a health district whose duties include enforcement of the solid waste provisions of this chapter, two shall represent the interests of counties, two shall represent the interests of municipal corporations, two shall represent the interests of townships, one shall represent the interests of county solid waste management districts, one shall represent the interests of joint solid waste management districts, one shall represent the interests of industrial generators of solid wastes, one shall be from the private recycling industry, one shall be from the private solid waste management industry, one shall be from a statewide environmental advocacy organization, and one shall represent the public. Terms of office shall be for two years with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. 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. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration of the member's term or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

The advisory council shall hold at least four regular quarterly meetings each year. Special meetings may be held at the behest of the chairperson or a majority of the members. The director of environmental protection shall serve as chairperson of the advisory council. The advisory council annually shall select from among its members a vice- chairperson and a secretary to keep a record of its proceedings. A majority vote of the members of the advisory council is necessary to take action on any matter.

Serving as an appointed member of the advisory council does not constitute holding a public office or position of employment under the laws of this state and does not constitute grounds for removal of public officers or employees from their offices or positions of employment. The governor may remove an appointed member of the advisory council at any time for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.

Appointed members of the advisory council shall serve without compensation for attending council meetings. Members of the advisory council shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties as members of the council from moneys appropriated to the environmental protection agency for administration and enforcement of the solid waste provisions of this chapter.

The advisory council shall do all of the following:

(A) Advise and assist the director of environmental protection with preparation of the state solid waste management plan and periodic revisions to the plan under section 3734.50 of the Revised Code;

(B) Approve or disapprove the draft state solid waste management plan and periodic revisions prior to adoption of the plan under section 3734.50 of the Revised Code;

(C) Annually review implementation of the state solid waste management plan and the solid waste management plans of county and joint solid waste management districts approved or ordered to be implemented under section 3734.521 or 3734.55 of the Revised Code or amendments to those plans approved or ordered to be implemented under section 3734.521 or 3734.56 of the Revised Code, and report its findings to the director.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

Effective Date: 04-16-1993

Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.39, SB 171, §4