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Georgia Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of Georgia's Environmental Rules


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In Georgia, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). DNR is responsible for protecting Georgia's land, water, and air from pollution. EPA has delegated authority to Georgia to administer permit programs for air emissions, underground storage tanks, wastewater and stormwater discharges, and solid and hazardous waste management. The state has adopted its own rules for the protection of coastal wetlands.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers workplace safety rules in Georgia, and the state administers workplace safety rules in the public sector (state and municipal employers).


Georgia's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to EPA for approval. The Georgia SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on permitting, emissions standards, hazardous air pollutants, and numerous other air-related requirements.

The Air Protection Branch of DNR's Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is responsible for administering and enforcing Georgia's air rules.


Georgia's water pollution control rules include the federal Clean Water Act rules and several more stringent state requirements. Georgia is fully authorized by EPA to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for wastewater ...

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