The director of environmental protection may adopt, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, an emergency action plan for the purpose of protecting the public health during air pollution episodes associated with atmospheric temperature inversions, which plan may define various levels of emergency conditions, the criteria on which such levels are based, and the measures to be taken at each level. The plan may include means for cooperating with persons outside this state during interstate air pollution emergencies.
If the director finds that air pollution in any area exceeds any level set in the plan or otherwise presents an imminent and substantial danger to the health of persons in the areas, he shall notify the governor, who may declare that an air pollution emergency exists, identify the area, and pursuant to his declaration order temporary prohibitions and restrictions of the use and operation of motor vehicles, aircraft, incinerators, and air conditioners, the operation of government and private offices, commercial, manufacturing, industrial, and other activities, the use of fuels, and any other activity that contributes or may contribute to the emergency necessary to meet the emergency.
Orders pursuant to the declaration of an air pollution emergency shall take effect upon issuance, and any person to whom an order is directed shall initiate compliance measures immediately upon receiving notice. During an air pollution emergency the attorney general or the prosecuting attorney of the county where a violation of an emergency order occurs may bring action for an immediate injunction to enjoin any emission or other activity violating an emergency order. The court may issue an ex parte temporary restraining order without notice which shall enforce the prohibitions and restrictions which have been determined by the director to be necessary, and shall schedule an immediate hearing on the matter.
Effective Date: 10-23-1972