On behalf of the State Air Pollution Control Board, DEQ's Air Division is responsible for carrying out the mandates of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law, as well as meeting Virginia's federal obligations under the Clean Air Act.

The Air Division's programs protect and enhance public health and the environment by controlling present and future sources of air pollution. The division ensures the safety and quality of the air in Virginia by monitoring and analyzing air quality data, regulating sources of air pollution, and working with local, state and federal agencies to plan and implement strategies to protect Virginia’s air quality.

The state’s air quality programs develop and implement regulations, policy, and guidance, and pursue necessary enforcement actions, to ensure that the provisions of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law and the Commonwealth’s responsibilities under the federal Clean Air Act are met.

Core Responsibilities

  • Developing and implementing programs designed to ensure that Virginia meets national air quality standards.
  • Regulating the emission of air pollutants from industries and facilities by issuing and ensuring compliance with permits that set limits that protect public health.
  • Monitoring Virginia's air quality.
  • Investigating complaints and violations of Virginia's air quality laws.
  • Developing state rules governing air quality standards.

Featured Topics

Buckingham Compressor Station-Air Permit

The public comment period for the Buckingham Compressor Station closes Sept. 21. View the draft permit on the Air public notice wepage. Instructions on how to submit comments as well as additional information can be found on the BCS webpage.

VW Settlement Agreement

DEQ submitted Virginia's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (Plan) to the Trustee on August 9, 2018. See the VW Settlement Agreement webpage for additional information.

Radford Army Ammunition Plant

See RAAP air emissions monitoring data for lead.

Open Burning

Learn more about open burning and local open burning ordinances.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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