Governing Law and Regulations
New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau Permitting section
Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. New Mexico requires most facilities to apply for and obtain a construction permit before beginning construction of a new source or modifying an existing source. New major sources or modifications to existing major sources must comply with the applicable provisions of nonattainment new source review (NSR) and/or prevention of significant deterioration (PSD), depending on the attainment status of the area where the source is located and the type and quantity of air pollutants emitted.
New Mexico is currently in attainment with all the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the various criteria pollutants, except PM-10. Therefore, both the provisions of nonattainment NSR and PSD are applicable in the state. New Mexico administers state implementation plan (SIP)-approved programs and adopted regulations that generally follow the federal provisions of NSR ...