(A) The director of agriculture may enter into contracts or agreements to carry out the purposes of this chapter with any public or private person, including the Ohio state university extension service, the natural resources conservation service in the United States department of agriculture, the environmental protection agency, the division of soil and water resources in the department of natural resources, and soil and water conservation districts established under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code. However, the director shall not enter into a contract or agreement with a private person for the review of applications for permits to install, permits to operate, NPDES permits, or review compliance certificates that are issued under this chapter or for the inspection of a facility regulated under this chapter or with any person for the issuance of any of those permits or certificates or for the enforcement of this chapter and rules adopted under it.
(B) The director may administer grants and loans using moneys from the federal government and other sources, public or private, for carrying out any of the director's functions. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit the eligibility of owners or operators of animal feeding facilities or other agricultural enterprises to receive moneys from the water pollution control loan fund established under section 6111.036 of the Revised Code and the nonpoint source pollution management fund established under section 6111.037 of the Revised Code.
The director of agriculture shall provide the director of environmental protection with written recommendations for providing financial assistance from those funds to agricultural enterprises. The director of environmental protection shall consider the recommendations in developing priorities for providing financial assistance from the funds.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9,HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 03-15-2001