Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Air Protection Branch
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia has implemented guidelines to permit and control emissions of toxic air pollutants. The state has adopted and incorporated by reference the federal NESHAP standards, including many of the NESHAP for source categories, also known as maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards. Refer to the national section HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS for more information.
In addition, Georgia has implemented regulations to limit mercury emissions from electric generating units.
• Administration and enforcement. The Air Protection Branch of DNR's EPD administers and enforces the federal hazardous air pollutant rules and the Georgia toxic air pollutant requirements.
TOXIC AIR POLLUTANTS
A "toxic air pollutant" is defined as any substance that may have an adverse effect on public health, other than criteria pollutants. DNR has developed guidelines by which the emissions of toxic air pollutants are evaluated and controlled to prevent adverse effects from occurring. The guidelines are applied to all air quality permit applications to construct or modify sources of toxic air ...