Air quality permits are issued to industries and facilities that emit regulated pollutants to ensure that these emissions do not cause harm to the public or the environment. Federal and state regulations to control air pollution are implemented through the air permitting process. Permit applicability determinations and the issuance of permits are performed in the DEQ regional offices.
Air Compliance Program
After an air permit has been issued, it becomes the responsibility of the air compliance program to ensure the permit holder is meeting the terms of the permit. Each DEQ regional office has respective compliance staff to ensure sources comply with all of their obligations under the air permit and any other federal or state requirement pertaining to air pollution control. The two sections work together to protect public health and the environment.