Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention Planning and Evaluation Division Air Program Planning Unit
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rule. Massachusetts' air program is shaped by its SIP, which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
• Administration and enforcement. The DEP is responsible for administering and enforcing Massachusetts' air pollution rules
MASSACHUSETTS' AIR PROGRAM
Massachusetts' SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related programs.
Areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment areas. Massachusetts has nonattainment areas for ozone. ...