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 no additional state-listed hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The federal National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rules are effective in New York, and many have been incorporated by reference into the state regulations. See the national section HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS for more information.
The state has established requirements for state-listed pollutants that it refers to as high toxicity air contaminants (HTACs). Releases of mercury into the atmosphere are also regulated under incinerator requirements. See the state section INCINERATION OF WASTES for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEC's Division of Air Resources is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the NESHAP program. New York City DEP works in conjunction with DEC to administer and enforce state and federal requirements within New York City.
DEC's Division of Air Resources is responsible for the HTAC requirements and the control of mercury releases to the atmosphere.