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Pennsylvania Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of Pennsylvania's Environmental Rules


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In Pennsylvania, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP is responsible for protecting Pennsylvania's land, water, and air from pollution. Pennsylvania has received authorization from EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. Various state regulatory requirements are more stringent than corresponding federal requirements.


Pennsylvania'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 (NAAQS). As mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA), each state must adopt and submit a SIP to EPA for approval. Pennsylvania's SIP was officially submitted to EPA in January 1972 and is frequently amended to comply with the 1990 CAA amendments. The SIP focuses on establishing emission standards, permitting, requirements for nonattainment areas, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), and numerous other state and regional air-related programs.

Pennsylvania's air program is implemented and enforced by DEP's Bureau of Air Quality. In addition, both the Allegheny County Health Department and Philadelphia Air Management Services have been granted authority to oversee the administration and enforcement of local air quality regulations, as well as DEP regulations, within their jurisdictions.


Pennsylvania has incorporated many of the federal water pollution control requirements into its regulatory scheme. Examples of this incorporation are Pennsylvania's National Pollutant Discharge ...

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