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The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) provides for Ohio EPA to administer and enforce the provisions of Chapters 3714. and 3734., in particular with regard to solid waste facilities, infectious waste treatment facilities and construction and demolition debris (C&DD) facilities. In addition to Ohio EPA administering and enforcing the statute, Ohio law specifies that if the Director determines that a local health district is both capable of and willing to enforce all applicable requirements of ORC Chapters 3734. and 3714. and the corresponding sections of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC), the Director may place it on the approved list(s).

In 2016, 66 of Ohio’s 127 local health districts were approved to administer and enforce Ohio’s solid waste, infectious waste and C&DD laws and regulations. These approved health districts that are responsible for issuing licenses to facilities, as well as performing inspections of facilities and initiating enforcement actions against owners and operators failing to comply with Ohio’s environmental rules; Ohio EPA provides these same services in unapproved health districts.

Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) conducts a survey of each approved health district on an annual basis. The purpose of the annual survey is to determine whether the health district that the Director has authorized to implement the Agency’s programs has been meeting program obligations throughout the survey period.