Clean Air Programs
The Department coordinates the statewide air compliance and enforcement activities. The Air Compliance Assurance (ACA) Section promotes air compliance through the department's district offices and the approved local program offices.
The Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for air permits regulating major and minor facilities based on emissions. Operating Permits are issued by the department's office in Tallahassee as well as the six district offices.
An essential part of managing Florida's air quality is the identification of areas where plans are needed to reduce pollutant concentration levels to achieve the standards and areas where standards are already being met but plans are needed to ensure continued maintenance of acceptable levels of air quality in the face of anticipated population or industrial growth. The first step in this process is the analysis of the ambient air monitoring data.
Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is
an integral part of the Bureau of Air Monitoring (BAM).
Although SBEAP is primarily air-focused, staff either provide direct assistance on air, water, and waste questions or refer them to other Florida Department of Environmental Protection divisions.
Mobile source emissions, or emissions from motor vehicles and non-road engines, account for almost a third of the air pollution in the United States. Routine aging and deterioration of vehicles, poor state of tune, and emission system tampering all increase emissions.
These emissions, primarily hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, contribute to the formation of ground level ozone, a noxious pollutant considered this country's most pressing urban air quality problem.
Last updated: September 11, 2013