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65-3016. Local air quality conservation programs. Any city, county, city and county, or any combination of two (2) or more cities, counties or cities and counties are authorized to conduct tests and surveys to determine the degree of purity of the air within its jurisdiction, and may request consultation, technical assistance and cooperation from the secretary in conducting such tests and surveys. If such tests and surveys indicate that unsatisfactory air quality exists, is likely to exist or is likely to occur, the governing body of said city or county shall have the authority, upon approval of the secretary, to establish a local air quality conservation authority: Provided, That no local air quality conservation authority shall be so approved, except after a public hearing as provided in this act. Any local air quality conservation authority which was in existence prior to May 1, 1967, may apply to the secretary for approval as a local air quality conservation authority hereunder. In approving or disapproving the formation of a local air quality conservation authority, the secretary shall determine: (1) The need for a local air quality conservation authority in the jurisdiction proposed; (2) the likely ability of the local air quality conservation authority, as proposed, to maintain satisfactory air quality in its jurisdiction; and (3) whether or not the jurisdiction of the proposed local air quality conservation authority completely contains the affected area.

Local air quality control authorities shall have authority to enforce the rules, regulations and standards adopted by the secretary and to establish such additional rules, regulations and standards as necessary to maintain satisfactory air quality within their jurisdiction: Provided, That any rule, regulation or standard established by a local air quality conservation authority pertaining to health hazard shall be in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth for that area by the secretary: Provided further, That until the secretary shall adopt rules, regulations and standards respecting any area within the jurisdiction of a local air quality conservation authority, the rules, regulations and standards of such local authority respecting said area or areas shall have full force and effect without approval thereof by the secretary.

Upon the establishment of a local air quality conservation authority, such authority and the secretary shall have concurrent jurisdiction over the local area with power and authority to maintain adequate air quality in accordance with the rules, regulations and standards adopted by the secretary.

When two (2) or more cities, two (2) or more counties or a city and a county, or any combination thereof, are affected by a common air mass of unsatisfactory quality and the respective local air quality control authorities, if such exist, are for any reason unable to agree upon a solution or settlement to such air quality problem, the secretary shall, after review and investigation, render decisions and make findings in settlement thereof.

History: L. 1967, ch. 347, § 16; L. 1970, ch. 261, § 16; L. 1974, ch. 352, § 148; July 1.


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