HEALTH AND SAFETY
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY — HEALTH
39-112. Emergency — Order — Hearing — Modification, affirmance, or setting aside. (1) Any other provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, if the director finds that a generalized condition of air pollution exists and that it creates an imminent and substantial endangerment to the public health or welfare constituting an emergency requiring immediate action to protect human health or safety, the director, with the concurrence of the governor as to the existence of such an emergency shall order persons causing or contributing to the air pollution to reduce or discontinue immediately the emission of air contaminants, and such order shall fix a time and place, not later than twenty-four (24) hours thereafter, for a hearing to be held before the director. Not more than twenty-four (24) hours after the commencement of such hearing, and without adjournment thereof, the director shall affirm, modify or set aside its order.
(2) In the absence of a generalized condition of air pollution of the type referred to in subsection (1) of this section, if the director finds that emissions from the operation of one (1) or more air contaminant sources is causing imminent and substantial danger to human health or safety the director may bring suit through the attorney general in the appropriate district court to immediately restrain any person causing or contributing to the alleged pollution to stop the emission of air pollutants causing or contributing to such pollution. If it is not practicable to assure prompt protection of public health or welfare or the environment by commencement of such civil action, the director may order the person or persons responsible for the operation or operations in question to reduce or discontinue emissions immediately without regard to other provisions of this act. In such event, the requirements for hearing and affirmance, modification or setting aside of an order set forth in subsection (1) of this section shall apply. For purposes of subsections (1) and (2) of this section, imminent and substantial endangerment or danger shall be interpreted no more broadly than these words are interpreted under section 303 of the clean air act, 42 USC 7603.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit any power which the governor or any other officer may have to declare an emergency and act on the basis of such declaration, if such power is conferred by statute or constitutional provision, or inheres in the office.
[39-112, added 1972, ch. 347, sec. 12, p. 1017; am. 2000, ch. 132, sec. 20, p. 334.]