Governing Law and Regulations
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Management Division of Air Quality
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Jersey's air permitting rules go beyond the federal New Source Review (NSR) permitting requirements found in the Clean Air Act. All significant sources must obtain preconstruction permits before any equipment can be constructed, installed, or altered, and operating certificates can be issued. Additional construction permitting information can be found in the state section AIR EMISSIONS PERMITS.
New major sources or modifications to existing major sources must comply with the applicable provisions of nonattainment NSR and/or Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), depending on the attainment status of the area in which the source is located and the type and quantity of air pollutants emitted.
New Jersey currently has several counties that are in nonattainment with one or more of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Therefore, the provisions of nonattainment NSR apply to ...