(A) There is hereby created the concentrated animal feeding facility advisory committee consisting of the directors of agriculture, development, environmental protection, and natural resources and the dean of the college of food, agricultural, and environmental sciences of the Ohio state university, or their designees, as members ex officio, and sixteen members to be appointed by the director of agriculture. Of the appointed members, one shall be an elected local government official whose jurisdiction has a concentrated animal feeding facility located in it at the time that the official is appointed to the committee, one shall be a person who is licensed to practice veterinary medicine under Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code, one shall represent the interests of poultry producers, one shall represent the interests of swine producers, one shall represent the interests of dairy farmers, one shall represent the interests of beef cattle producers, one shall represent the interests of sheep producers, one shall represent the interests of drinking water utilities, one shall represent the interests of wastewater utilities, one shall represent the Ohio environmental health association, two shall represent the interests of statewide environmental advocacy organizations, and four shall represent the interests of the public. Prior to making the appointment of the member who is an elected local government official, the director shall solicit a list of suggested candidates from the appropriate statewide associations that represent the interests of local governments. Prior to making an appointment of a member representing the interests of poultry, swine, beef cattle, or sheep producers or dairy farmers, the director shall solicit from the appropriate statewide trade associations a list of suggested candidates to represent the interests of the species category on the committee. The members representing the public shall not be owners or operators of concentrated animal feeding facilities or associated with such facilities by contract.
Not later than thirty days after March 15, 2001, the director shall make appointments to the committee. Of the initial appointments, six shall be for terms ending one year after March 15, 2001, five shall be for terms ending two years after March 15, 2001, and five shall be for terms ending three years after March 15, 2001. Thereafter, terms of office shall be for three years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Members may be reappointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration date of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
The committee shall meet at times that the chairperson or a majority of the committee members considers appropriate, provided that no meeting shall be held on the call of the chairperson unless at least seven days' written notice first is provided to all members of the committee. At the first meeting of the committee in each calendar year, the director of agriculture shall designate one member of the committee to serve as its chairperson and one member to serve as its vice-chairperson. A majority vote of the members of the committee is necessary to take action on any matter. A vacancy on the committee does not impair the right of the other members to exercise all of the committee's powers.
Serving as an appointed member of the committee does not constitute holding a public office or position of employment under the laws of this state and does not constitute grounds for removal of public officers or employees from their offices or positions of employment. The director of agriculture, after notice and a public meeting, may remove any appointed member of the committee for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office.
Appointed members of the committee shall serve without compensation for attending committee meetings. Members of the committee shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties as members of the committee.
(B) The committee may do either or both of the following:
(1) Adopt rules or procedures governing the conduct of its internal affairs;
(2) Request from the director of agriculture, and the director shall provide, meeting space, staff support, services, and data to enable it to carry out its functions.
(C) The committee shall do all of the following:
(1) Advise the director of agriculture in the administration of this chapter;
(2) Keep abreast of advances in manure management practices and annually advise the directors of agriculture, environmental protection, and natural resources of the recent advances in those areas and regarding the need for amending what constitutes best management practices;
(3) In consultation with the director of agriculture, prepare and, upon request, distribute written materials designed to assist persons who propose to establish a new or modify an existing concentrated animal feeding facility in applying for a permit to install or permit to operate. The materials also shall include information stating that, in addition to obtaining a permit to operate, it may be necessary to obtain a NPDES permit for the discharge of manure or storm water. In addition, the written materials shall include information on the meaning of a "complete application" for all of the permits, information on the public meeting process in connection with the relevant permits issued under this chapter, and a summary of the antidegradation policy established under section 6111.12 of the Revised Code together with an indication of the possibility that the owner's or operator's proposed new or modified disposal system for manure or discharges may be subject to that policy.
Effective Date: 11-05-2003