Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Air Resource Management
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida'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. Florida's air program is implemented and enforced by DEP's Division of Air Resource Management.
FLORIDA'S AIR PROGRAM
The SIP focuses on permitting requirements, HAPs, source-specific emissions standards, and numerous other air-related requirements.
The areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment for that specific pollutant. Florida has a nonattainment areas designated for lead and sulfur dioxide. Nonattainment of the NAAQS significantly impacts permitting procedures and emissions limitations imposed on sources of air pollution.
Florida requires new and modified sources of air pollution to apply for and obtain both construction and operating permits. DEP also administers an operating permit program in compliance with Title V of the 1990 CAA Amendments. The Title V program is intended to provide facilitywide operating permits for all major sources of criteria pollutants, HAPs, and select other sources. The program received full approval from the EPA effective October 31, 2001.