To the extent required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, the director of environmental protection may adopt, amend, and rescind rules pursuant to section 6109.04 of the Revised Code providing for the administrative assessment and collection of monetary penalties for failure to comply with this chapter or rules adopted under it. For public water systems serving populations of more than ten thousand, a monetary penalty assessed under this section shall be not less than one thousand dollars for each day of each violation, but in no case shall the total amount of monetary penalty exceed ten thousand dollars per violation. For public water systems serving populations of ten thousand or fewer, the rules adopted under this section shall establish a methodology for calculating the monetary penalty based on the size of the system, the threat to public health presented by the failure to comply, and other factors that may be necessary to ensure compliance with this chapter and rules adopted under it, but in no case shall the total amount of monetary penalty exceed two thousand five hundred dollars per violation. For the purposes of this section, the director may require the submission of compliance schedules and related information.
Any orders, payments, sanctions, or other requirements imposed pursuant to rules adopted under this section are in addition to any other orders, payments, sanctions, or requirements issued or imposed under this chapter and rules adopted under it and shall not affect any civil or criminal enforcement proceedings brought under this chapter, rules adopted under it, or any other state or local law. Moneys collected pursuant to this section shall be credited to the drinking water protection fund created in section 6109.30 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 11-26-1997