Governing Law and Regulations
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ)
Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency
Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department
Mecklenburg County Department of Environmental Protection
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. North Carolina requires sources emitting specified pollutants to receive construction and operation permits. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issues one type of permit that covers both construction and operation of a source. The DEQ may also request that any source be required to register with the agency.
Currently, all areas of North Carolina are designated attainment or unclassifiable for all National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Therefore, new major sources or major modifications to existing major sources must comply with the applicable provisions of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), depending on the type and quantity of air pollutants emitted. North Carolina administers state implementation plan (SIP)-approved programs, which means the provisions of federal nonattainment New Source Review (NSR), PSD, and any amendments are ...