Governing Law and Regulations
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Air Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing West Virginia's air pollution rules. West Virginia's air program is shaped by the 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. West Virginia's air program is implemented and enforced by DEP's Division of Air Quality.
WEST VIRGINIA'S AIR PROGRAM
West Virginia'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 numerous other ...