CHICAGO -- Gov. George Voinovich of Ohio has signed into law a bill encouraging public utilities to install "scrubbers" on their coal-burning plants and issue tax-exempt bonds through the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority to finance some of the air pollution control equipment.

The Tax Reform Act of 1986 does not allow tax-exempt bonding for equipment to control air pollution, but it does for solid-waste facilities. The new legislation recognizes part of the equipment in question as a solid-waste facility and therefore explicitly allowable under state law, according to Mark Shanahan, the authority's executive director.

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