It is hereby declared to be the public policy of the state through the operations of the Ohio air quality development authority under this chapter to contribute toward one or more of the following: to provide for the conservation of air as a natural resource of the state, and to prevent or abate the pollution thereof, to provide for the comfort, health, safety, and general welfare of all employees, as well as all other inhabitants of the state, to assist in the financing of air quality facilities for industry, commerce, distribution, and research, including public utility companies, to create or preserve jobs and employment opportunities or improve the economic welfare of the people, or assist and cooperate with governmental agencies in achieving such purposes. In furtherance of such public policy the Ohio air quality development authority may initiate, acquire, construct, maintain, repair, and operate air quality projects or cause the same to be operated pursuant to a lease, sublease, or agreement with any person or governmental agency; may make loans and grants to governmental agencies for the acquisition or construction of air quality facilities by such governmental agencies; may make loans to persons for the acquisition or construction of air quality facilities by such persons; may enter into commodity contracts with, or make loans for the purpose of entering into commodity contracts to, any person, governmental agency, or entity located within or without the state in connection with the acquisition or construction of air quality facilities; and may issue air quality revenue bonds of this state payable solely from revenues, to pay the cost of such projects, including any related commodity contracts. Any air quality project shall be determined by the authority to be not inconsistent with any applicable air quality standards duly established and then required to be met pursuant to the "Clean Air Act," 84 Stat. 1679 (1970), 42 U.S.C.A. 1857, as amended. Any resolution of the authority providing for acquiring or constructing such projects or for making a loan or grant for such projects shall include a finding by the authority that such determination has been made. Determinations by resolution of the authority that a project is an air quality facility under this chapter and is consistent with the purposes of section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution, and this chapter, shall be conclusive as to the validity and enforceability of the air quality revenue bonds issued to finance such project and of the resolutions, trust agreements or indentures, leases, subleases, sale agreements, loan agreements, and other agreements made in connection therewith, all in accordance with their terms.
Effective Date: 08-01-1975; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007