903.15 Submitting complaint to director.

(A) A person may submit a complaint to the director of agriculture regarding a concentrated animal feeding facility or the discharge of a pollutant from an animal feeding operation. The complaint may be made orally or in writing. If the complaint is made in writing, it shall be signed by the person making it and dated.

(B) After receiving a written, signed, and dated complaint, the director shall, or after receiving an oral complaint the director may, cause an investigation to be conducted to determine if the owner or operator of the concentrated animal feeding facility is complying with this chapter, rules adopted under it, or any terms and conditions of any permit issued under it or to determine if a discharge of a pollutant is occurring or has occurred at the animal feeding operation.

(C)

(1) If, upon completion of the investigation, the director determines that the owner or operator is in compliance with this chapter, rules adopted under it, or any terms and conditions of any permit issued under it or determines that a discharge of a pollutant is not occurring or has not occurred at the animal feeding operation, the director shall dismiss the complaint and notify the complainant and the owner or operator of the concentrated animal feeding facility or animal feeding operation, whichever is applicable, of the dismissal.

(2) If the director determines that the owner or operator is not in compliance with this chapter, rules adopted under it, or any terms and conditions of any permit issued under it or determines that a discharge of a pollutant is occurring or has occurred at the animal feeding operation, the director shall proceed in accordance with section 903.16 or 903.17 of the Revised Code, or both, as applicable.

Cite as R.C. § 903.15

History. Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.12, HB 363, §1, eff. 12/22/2009.

Effective Date: 03-15-2001