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1 Division of Air Quality Program Overview EMC Member Continuing Education Session Mike Abraczinskas Deputy Director November 2011

2 Topics to be Covered Federal Clean Air Act NC Air Quality Program DAQ Organization Chart DAQ & the Big Picture Funding Improvements and Challenges

3 The Clean Air Act (CAA) History 1970 CAA 1977 and 1990 CAA Amendments

4 The N.C. Air Quality Program 1967 General Assembly Action G.S Air Quality program began Today… 264 positions (243 filled) 120 in regional offices 144 in central office Three local air programs Mecklenburg, Buncombe, Forsyth

5 The N.C. Air Quality Program Our Mission Statement To Protect and Improve the Outdoor Air Quality of North Carolina… The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) works with the states citizens to protect and improve outdoor, or ambient, air quality in North Carolina for the health, benefit and economic well-being of all. To carry out this mission, the DAQ has programs to operate a statewide air quality monitoring network to measure the level of pollutants in the outdoor air, develop and implement plans to meet future air quality initiatives, assure compliance with air quality rules, and educate, inform and assist the public with regard to air quality issues.

6 The N.C. Air Quality Program Our Vision To have a program that: Has a motivated staff that shares a common vision of providing clean air for all of the citizens of North Carolina Is highly effective; achieves its goals expeditiously Is highly efficient; provides maximum product for minimum cost and effort Creates a place where staff wants to make a career-long commitment by rewarding high achievers and offers cross-training or rotational experiences that support employee education and career growth opportunities Fosters the development of strong managers who have the respect and support of their staff

7 Director Business Office Public Affairs Deputy Director Ambient Monitoring Electronics Calibration Data Management Projects and Procedures Planning Attainment Planning Allied Programs Rules Development Technical Services Mobile Source Compliance Stationary Source Compliance Toxics Protection Permits New Source Review Title V Air Quality Analysis Winston-Salem Regional Office Wilmington Regional Office Washington Regional Office Raleigh Regional Office Mooresville Regional Office Fayetteville Regional Office Asheville Regional Office - Monitoring - Permitting - Compliance - Monitoring - Permitting - Compliance - Monitoring - Permitting - Compliance - Monitoring - Permitting - Compliance - Monitoring - Permitting - Compliance - Monitoring - Permitting - Compliance - Monitoring - Permitting - Compliance

8 CENTRAL OFFICE – 5 Sections: 1.Administration - is responsible for the overall operations of the division, including the directors office, public information office, and the business office. 2.Ambient Monitoring - is responsible for measuring levels of regulated pollutants in the ambient (outdoor) air. The section maintains a network of 70 monitoring stations across the state for measuring air pollution. 3. Planning - performs computer modeling and analyses to determine how to attain air quality standards. Works with the legislature and Environmental Management Commission to develop laws, rules, regulations and programs for meeting air quality standards. The N.C. Air Quality Program Organization

9 CENTRAL OFFICE Cont … 4. Permits - handles the issuance, renewal and modification of air quality permits in North Carolina. Currently, about 2,700 facilities hold air quality permits in the state. 5.Technical Services – Regulates emissions from mobile sources (cars and trucks) and implements the state program for controlling toxic air emissions. Coordinates enforcement actions and reports to EPA regarding violations based on inspections and investigations by field staff. The N.C. Air Quality Program Organization

10 Seven regional DAQ offices: Asheville, Mooresville, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington and Washington. Regional Duties include: Performing facility inspections & responding to citizens complaints, conducting outdoor air monitoring, enforcing air quality regulations and issuing air quality permits. Regional Offices

11 State Program Vs Federal Program Clean Smokestacks Act Air Toxics Program Expanded I & M Program Open Burning Rules Mercury Rules

12 Division of Air Quality StateLocal ProgramsFederal Public Associations Central OfficeRegional Offices Complaints Stakeholders Public Hearings NACAA SESARM / Metro 4 MARAMA CAPCA Business / Industry Environmental Groups 3 Local Programs Cities and Counties Inspections / Compliance Enforcement Monitoring Permits Outreach / Public Relations Planning Ambient Monitoring Permits Technical Services Administration DENR Clean Air Act AQ Rules EPA OAQPS Region 4 LegislatureAGs Office Governor Fees ERC AQC EMC Rules The Big Picture

13 DAQ Funding Grants Section 105 Section 103 (new monitoring) TV Fees $30/ton + $6500 base fee per year Non TV Fees Synthetic Minors - $1500 per year Small - $250 per year *Other permit application fees apply for new or modified facilities

14 DAQ Funding Fuel Tax 5/32 per gallon 10% to Local Programs 10% to Mobile Source Grants 80% to DAQ for Operation of Program I & M Fees $ 0.65 / Inspection C I I

15 DAQ Funding

16 Air Quality is improving!

17 Challenges ahead… Pollutant NAAQS Promulgation Date Designations Effective 110(a) SIPs due (3 yrs after NAAQS promulgation) Attainment Demonstration Due Attainment Date PM 2.5 (2006)Sept 2006Dec 2009Sept 2009Dec 2012 Dec 2014/2019 PbOct 2008 Dec 2010/2011 Oct 2011 June 2012/2013 Dec 2015/2016 NO 2 (primary)Jan 2010Feb 2012Jan 2013Aug 2013Feb 2017 SO 2 (primary)June 2010July 2012June 2013Jan 2014July 2017 Ozone (2008)Mar Mar Ozone (current review) July July / PM 2.5 (current review) TBD NO 2 /SO 2 Secondary Mar 2012TBDMar 2015TBD

18 Challenges ahead… Many new Federal rules proposed or promulgated Some with impending compliance dates (w/in 1 yr) Some with unfunded monitoring requirements Regulatory guidance and tools developed by DAQ Regulatory uncertainty remains at the Federal level Petitions and Notice of Intent to Sue Congressional proposals being debated How/When will States be required to respond to outcomes? DAQ setting priorities based on resources available

19 Questions? Mike Abraczinskas, EIT, CPM Deputy Director


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