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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Air Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing New Jersey's air pollution rules. New Jersey'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) and the state AAQS, which are more stringent than the federal in some cases. As mandated by the 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. New Jersey's air program is implemented and enforced by DEP's Division of Air Quality.
NEW JERSEY'S AIR PROGRAM
New Jersey's SIP was officially submitted in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA Amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, HAPs, and ...