Governing Law and Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Air Pollution Control
Local air pollution control agencies
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Ohio's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (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. Ohio EPA's Division of Air Pollution Control is responsible for administering and enforcing Ohio's air pollution rules, with the assistance of the local air pollution control agencies.
OHIO'S AIR PROGRAM
Ohio's 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, nonattainment areas, and numerous other air-related programs.
Areas of the state that do not meet an NAAQS are designated as nonattainment for that particular criteria pollutant. ...