Governing Law and Regulations
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ)
Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency
Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department
Mecklenburg County Department of Environmental Protection
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. North Carolina's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP). The SIP is a plan detailing the methods by which the state will implement, maintain, and enforce 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. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's air emissions permit program. North Carolina officially submitted its SIP to the EPA in January 1972. The local air pollution control agencies administer and enforce air programs within their jurisdictions.