North Carolina Air - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Air - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

State implementation plan (SIP): 40 CFR 51 and 40 CFR 52.1770 to 52.1785

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Emissions control requirements: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 2D.0100 to 2D.2600

Attainment status: 40 CFR 81.334

Air permits: 15A NCAC 2Q.0100 to 2Q.0903

Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs): 15A NCAC 2D.1101 to 2D.1112

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS): 15A NCAC 2D.0524

Pollutant transport: 40 CFR 52.1784, 40 CFR 52.1785, and 40 CFR 97

Regional haze: 15A NCAC 02D.0543

Local agencies: General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 143-215.112

Regulatory Agencies

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.

State Requirements

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