(a)(1) In addition to all other powers at any time conferred on them by law, each industrial development board shall have the following powers:
a. To acquire, whether by construction, purchase, exchange, gift, lease, or otherwise and to enlarge, improve, replace, equip, and maintain one or more pollution control facilities, including all real and personal properties deemed necessary or desirable in connection therewith, including the sale and issuance of bonds for any of the said purposes;
b. To lease to others and otherwise dispose of all or any portion of any pollution control facility; and
c. To exercise with respect to any pollution control facility and each part thereof any and all powers that are conferred on industrial development boards by other provisions of this division. Each pollution control facility so acquired by any industrial development board may be a part of another project or may constitute a separate project within the meaning of this division.
(2) Each industrial development board shall have with respect to pollution control facilities all powers that are conferred on such boards with respect to other projects by other provisions of this division; all applicable provisions of this division shall apply to the exercise by an industrial development board of the powers conferred on it by this subsection, and all other provisions of this division with which this section is not in conflict shall be applicable to the exercise by an industrial development board of its functions under this section.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature by passage of this section to confer on each industrial development board now or hereafter organized, in addition to those powers heretofore or hereafter conferred on them by the other provisions of this division, the power to sell and issue its bonds for and to acquire, construct, enlarge, improve, replace, equip, maintain, lease, and dispose of pollution control facilities for lease to and use by any industry or enterprise, whether separately or in conjunction with one or more such facilities or any other project as the term "project" is defined in this division. It is not intended hereby that any industrial development board shall itself be authorized to operate any pollution control facility or any part thereof.
(c) Wherever used in this section, unless a different meaning clearly appears in the context, the following terms, shall be given the following respective meanings:
a. The placing (whether by emission, discharge, leakage, or other means) of any noxious or deleterious noise or substance into any air or water of, in, or adjacent to the State of Alabama;
b. The contaminating of such air and water; or
c. The affecting of any such air or water so as to render or be likely to render such air or water (or the use of either thereof for domestic, industrial, agricultural, or recreational purposes) hazardous, inimical, or harmful to the health, safety, or welfare of human beings, animals, birds, aquatic creatures, or any of them, or to the existence or growth of vegetation.
(2) POLLUTION CONTROL FACILITY. Any land, building, structure, machinery, or equipment having to do with or designed for or the end purpose of which is the control, reduction, abatement, or prevention of air, noise, water, or general environmental pollution, including, but not limited to, any air pollution control facility, noise abatement or reduction facility, water management facility, water purification facility, waste water collecting system, waste water treatment works, or solid waste disposal facility.