Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division Air Protection Branch
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia'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. Georgia Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Air Protection Branch is responsible for administering and enforcing Georgia's air rules.
GEORGIA'S AIR PROGRAM
The Georgia SIP was officially submitted to the EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, emissions standards, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and numerous other air-related requirements.
The areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment for that particular criteria pollutant. Currently, Georgia is ...