Virginia Air - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State implementation plan (SIP): 40 CFR 51 and 40 CFR 52. 2420 to 52.2465

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Attainment status: 40 CFR 81.347 and Virginia Code Annotated 10.1-1316.1A

Air permits: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 5-80-50 to 5-80-2240

Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs): 40 CFR 61, 40 CFR 63, and 9 VAC 5-60-10 to 5-60-370

New source performance standards (NSPS): 40 CFR 60 and 9 VAC 5-50-400 to 5-50-420

Risk management program: 40 CFR 68

Pollutant transport:

Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR): 9 VAC 5-140-1010 to 5-140-3880

Regulatory Agency

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Air Quality

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Air Division is responsible for administering and enforcing Virginia's air pollution rules. Virginia's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which details 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. DEQ's air program is implemented and enforced by the agency's Division of Air Quality.

State Requirements



Virginia'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, HAPs, and numerous other air-related requirements.

Attainment Status

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