903.02 Program for issuance of permits to install.

(A)

(1) Not later than one hundred eighty days after March 15, 2001, the director of agriculture shall prepare a program for the issuance of permits to install under this section.

(2) On and after the date on which the director has finalized the program required under division (A)(1) of this section, no person shall modify an existing or construct a new concentrated animal feeding facility without first obtaining a permit to install issued by the director under this section.

(B) The director or the director's authorized representative may help an applicant for a permit to install during the permitting process by providing guidance and technical assistance.

(C) An applicant for a permit to install shall submit an application to the director on a form that the director prescribes and provides together with a fee in an amount established by rule. The applicant shall include with the application all of the following information:

(1) The name and address of the applicant, of all partners if the applicant is a partnership, of all members if the applicant is a limited liability company, or of all officers and directors if the applicant is a corporation, and of any other person who has a right to control or in fact controls management of the applicant or the selection of officers, directors, or managers of the applicant. As used in division (C)(1) of this section, "control" means the power, directly or indirectly, to direct the management and policies of the applicant through the ownership of voting securities, by contract, through a right of approval or disapproval, or otherwise unless the power is held by a chartered lending institution as a result of debt liability.

(2) The type of livestock and the number of animals that the concentrated animal feeding facility would have the design capacity to raise or maintain;

(3) Designs and plans for the proposed construction of the concentrated animal feeding facility that include the proposed location of the construction, design and construction plans and specifications, anticipated beginning and ending dates for work performed, and any other information that the director requires by rule;

(4) In the case of an application for a concentrated animal feeding facility that meets the criteria established in section 307.204 of the Revised Code, one of the following, as applicable:

(a) A written statement from the board of county commissioners of the county in which the concentrated animal feeding facility would be located certifying that, in accordance with that section, the applicant has provided the board with the required written notification and that final recommendations were selected regarding improvements, if any, to county infrastructure that are needed as a result of the new or expanded concentrated animal feeding facility and the costs of those improvements;

(b) A notarized affidavit declaring that the applicant has met the criteria established in section 307.204 of the Revised Code and that a written, dated statement from the board of county commissioners was not received by the applicant under that section.

(5) In the case of an application for a concentrated animal feeding facility that meets the criteria established in section 505.266 of the Revised Code, one of the following, as applicable:

(a) A written statement from the board of township trustees of the township in which the concentrated animal feeding facility would be located certifying that, in accordance with that section, the applicant has provided the board with the required written notification and that final recommendations were selected regarding improvements, if any, to township infrastructure that are needed as a result of the new or expanded concentrated animal feeding facility and the costs of those improvements;

(b) A notarized affidavit declaring that the applicant has met the criteria established in section 505.266 of the Revised Code and that a written, dated statement from the board of township trustees was not received by the applicant under that section.

(6) A statement of the quantity of water that the concentrated animal feeding facility will utilize on an average daily and annual basis, a detailed description of the basis for the calculation utilized in determining the quantity of water utilized, and a statement identifying the source for the water;

(7) Information concerning the applicant's past compliance with laws pertaining to environmental protection that is required to be provided under section 903.05 of the Revised Code, if applicable;

(8) Any other information required by rule.

Information required to be included in an application for the modification of a permit to install, together with the applicable fee amount, shall be established in rules.

(D) The director shall issue permits to install in accordance with section 903.09 of the Revised Code. The director shall deny a permit to install if either of the following applies:

(1) The permit application contains misleading or false information.

(2) The designs and plans fail to conform to best management practices.

Additional grounds for the denial of a permit to install shall be those established in this chapter and rules.

(E) A permit to install shall expire after a period specified by the director unless the applicant has undertaken a continuing program of construction or has entered into a binding contractual obligation to undertake and complete a continuing program of construction within a reasonable time. The director may extend the expiration date of a permit to install upon request of the applicant.

(F) The director may modify, suspend, or revoke a permit to install in accordance with rules.

(G) Nothing in this chapter affects section 1521.16 of the Revised Code.

(H) The owner or operator of a concentrated animal feeding facility who proposes to make a major operational change at the facility shall submit an application for approval of the change to the director in accordance with rules.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.42, HB 229, §1, eff. 10/17/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.12, HB 363, §1, eff. 12/22/2009, certain amendments operative on the date on which the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency approves the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System program submitted by the Director of Agriculture under section 903.08 of the Revised Code as amended by this act.

Effective Date: 11-05-2003