On May 6, 2015, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) published and requested comments on draft rules enforcing Ohio's call-before-you-dig (CBYD) law, and associated Business Impact Analysis (BIA). The draft rules and BIA can be found at the PUCO's website http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/ under Documents and Rules, Entries and Orders, May 6, Case No. 15-282-AU-ORD, or by searching for the Case No. Electronically filed comments are due June1; hard copy comments due June 30.

All archaeologists excavating (penetrating the ground with any hand or power tool to any depth for any reason) in Ohio must comply with the CBYD law. Legal enforcement of the law begins January 1, 2016.

If your private or non-profit business conducts excavations in Ohio, you are urged to review the draft rules and the BIA.