Governing Law and Regulations
Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Air Division
Jefferson County Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Health
City of Huntsville Division of Natural Resources
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Alabama'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. ADEM's Air Division is responsible for administering and enforcing Alabama's air pollution rules. The local agencies oversee the air quality programs within their jurisdictions.
ALABAMA'S AIR PROGRAM
The Alabama 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, emission standards, nonattainment areas, ...