Governing Law and Regulations
Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Air Quality
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. DEQ's Division of Air Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing Utah's air rules. Utah's air program is shaped by its SIP. The SIP is a plan that details methods and strategies 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. Utah's air program is implemented and enforced by DEQ's Division of Air Quality.
UTAH'S AIR PROGRAM
Utah's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended in order to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, emission standards, requirements for nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related programs.
Areas of the state that do not meet the NAAQS are designated as nonattainment areas. Utah has nonattainment areas for sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. Nonattainment of the NAAQS significantly impacts the ...