Governing Law and Regulations
Virginia 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. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Air Division is responsible for administering and enforcing Virginia's air pollution rules. Virginia's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which details 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. DEQ's air program is implemented and enforced by the agency's Division of Air Quality.
VIRGINIA'S AIR PROGRAM
Virginia's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, nonattainment areas, HAPs, and numerous other air-related requirements.
Areas of the state that do not ...