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

Information and procedures for the November 8 and 9, 2018 State Air Pollution Control Board (SAPCB) meetings have been posted.
The SAPCB will meet on November 8th and 9th for their consideration of the BCS air permit. The documents transmitted to the board are now available for review.
The transcript from the September 11, 2018 public hearing for the Buckingham Compressor Station is now available.
Public comments  received during the Aug. 9 through Sept. 21, 2018 public comment period are available for review.
Additional information  can be found on the BCS webpage.

Greenhouse Gas Plan

The SAPCB approved the re-proposed carbon trading regulation  at the September 29 meeting. View additional info. on the GHG 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.

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

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