(1) The director of environmental protection shall issue a general state isolated wetland permit or permits to cover activities within this state for purposes of section 6111.022 of the Revised Code. A general permit is effective for five years. Upon the expiration of a general permit, the director shall issue a new general permit.
(2) The director may issue an individual state isolated wetland permit for purposes of sections 6111.023 and 6111.024 of the Revised Code. An individual permit issued under either of those sections is effective for five years.
(B) A person that proposes to engage in an activity that involves the filling of an isolated wetland shall apply to the director for coverage under a general state isolated wetland permit or shall apply for an individual state isolated wetland permit, as applicable, in accordance with sections 6111.02 to 6111.027 of the Revised Code. No person shall engage in the filling of an isolated wetland unless authorized to do so by a general or individual state isolated wetland permit. Sections 6111.02 to 6111.027 of the Revised Code do not apply to isolated wetlands created by previous coal mining activities where remining is proposed, except for wetlands created for mitigation purposes.
(C) The issuance of a general or individual state isolated wetland permit constitutes the issuance of a section 401 water quality certification for purposes of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
Effective Date: 07-17-2001