3748.17 Notice of violation.

(A) Whenever the director of health determines that there has been a violation of this chapter or a rule adopted under it, the director shall give written notice to the alleged violator specifying the section of this chapter or rule violated and specifically describing the violation. The notice also shall include information concerning the applicable penalties established under sections 3748.19 and 3748.99 of the Revised Code.

In addition to giving written notice under this division, the director may issue an order to the violator imposing an administrative penalty in accordance with rules adopted under division (A)(6) of section 3748.05 of the Revised Code.

(B) The director may issue adjudication orders to any facility that remains in violation of this chapter or any rule adopted under it not less than thirty days after that facility's receipt of a written notice of a violation under division (A) of this section. The orders shall specify the section of this chapter or rule violated, specifically describe the violation, specify the action ordered to abate the violation, and order that action to be taken within a specified reasonable time. The director may modify, suspend, or revoke adjudication orders issued under this section.

In addition to the remedies provided and irrespective of whether or not there exists an adequate remedy at law, if a facility to which an adjudication order is issued under this division fails to take the action specified in the order within the specified time, the director may suspend or revoke the facility's license or certificate of registration, as applicable, in accordance with rules adopted under division (A)(4) of section 3748.04 of the Revised Code.

(C) If the director determines that an emergency exists requiring immediate action to protect the public health or safety, he may issue an emergency adjudication order, without notice or hearing, reciting the existence of the emergency and requiring that such action be taken as necessary to meet the emergency. The order shall be effective immediately. Any facility to which the order is issued shall comply immediately, but on application to the director shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible and not later than thirty days after application. On the basis of the hearing, the director shall continue the order in effect, revoke it, or modify it. No emergency adjudication order shall remain in effect for more than ninety days after its issuance.

(D) Except as otherwise provided in division (C) of this section, all proceedings of the director under this chapter are subject to and shall be governed by Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(E) The director may impound or order the impounding of sources of radiation that are not stored, used, or disposed of as required by this chapter or rules adopted under it if those sources have been abandoned or if the owner cannot be identified or located.

Effective Date: 09-08-1995