3746.22 Prosecutions.

(A) The attorney general, the prosecuting attorney of the county, or the city director of law of the city where a violation of section 3746.14 , 3746.15 , 3746.18 , or 3746.20 of the Revised Code has occurred or is occurring, upon the written request of the director of environmental protection, shall criminally prosecute to termination or bring an action for injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction against any person who has violated or is violating any of those sections. The court in which an action for injunction is filed has the jurisdiction to and shall grant preliminary and permanent injunctive relief upon a showing that the person against whom the action is brought has violated or is violating any of those sections. The court shall give precedence to such an action over all other cases.

(B) Whoever violates section 3746.14 , 3746.18 , or 3746.20 of the Revised Code, or violates section 3746.15 of the Revised Code in a manner that otherwise would constitute a violation of Chapter 3714., 3734., or 6111. of the Revised Code or rules adopted under any of those chapters, shall pay a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars for each day of each violation. Whoever violates section 3746.15 of the Revised Code in a manner that otherwise would constitute a violation of Chapter 3704. of the Revised Code or rules adopted under it shall pay a civil penalty of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars for each day of each violation. The attorney general, the prosecuting attorney of the county, or the city director of law of the city where a violation of any of those sections has occurred or is occurring, upon the written request of the director, shall bring an action under this division for the imposition of a civil penalty in any court of competent jurisdiction against any person who has committed or is committing any such violation. Moneys arising from civil penalties imposed under this division shall be paid into the voluntary action program administration fund created in section 3746.16 of the Revised Code.

(C) An action for injunction or civil penalties under division (A) or (B) of this section is a civil action governed by the Rules of Civil Procedure.

Effective Date: 09-28-1994