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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Delaware's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for the 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. DNREC's DAQ is responsible for administering and enforcing Delaware's air quality rules.
DELAWARE'S AIR PROGRAM
The Delaware 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, emissions standards, nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related requirements.
The areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated ...