Governing Law and Regulations
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Air Resources, Climate Change, and Energy Division of Air Resources
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New York has developed its own regulations for the control of fugitive emissions creating general nuisances. In addition, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has developed standards for visible emissions and fugitive volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from select sources. The state has also adopted and incorporated by reference the federal new source performance standards and the national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants, which contain source-specific standards for the control of fugitive emissions.
• Administration and enforcement. DEC's Division of Air Resources administers and enforces the state's nuisance, visible emission, and fugitive VOC regulations. New York City DEP works in conjunction with DEC to administer and enforce the state regulations within New York City.
6 NYCRR 211.1
No person may cause or allow emissions of air contaminants in such a quantity or of such characteristics or duration that may:
- Cause injury to human, plant, or animal life
- Damage property
- Unreasonably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property