Eligible businesses may be, but not limited to those businesses which emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), or sulfur dioxides (SO2), use asphalt, rubber, metal finishers, plastics, or synthetic materials in the manufacturing or construction trades, or perform work involving the coating or painting of metal surfaces. Steel companies, automobile manufacturers, chemical and utility companies are all impacted by the requirement to control air emissions and would be eligible for OAQDA incentives.

Any business investment in energy efficiency or conservation is eligible. Any ethanol or other biofuel production facility is eligible.

Who Qualifies?

An “air quality facility” is what can be financed through the OAQDA. An air quality facility is:

  • any modification or replacement of property, process, device, structure, or equipment that removes, reduces, prevents, contains, alters, conveys, stores, disperses or disposes of air contaminants.

  • any property used for the collection, storage, treatment, processing, or final disposal of solid waste resulting from an air pollution control process.

  • any energy efficiency or conservation projects,

  • any project involving the use of renewable or biomass resources, including ethanol and other biofuel production plants.

The entire definition of an air quality facility can be found in Ohio Revised Code Section 3706.01 (G).

All project requests are reviewed thoroughly by OAQDA to verify the expected performance of the project to improve air quality. The Executive Director makes the final determination to recommend a project application to the Authority Members for approval for it to serve as an air quality facility according to the definition in ORC 3706.