Air Protection in Georgia
The Air Protection Branch is responsible for protecting Georgia's air quality through the regulation of emissions from industrial and mobile sources. The Branch also monitors levels of air pollutants throughout the state. Please click on the Branch title for detailed program information and contact information. The Air Protection Branch maintains its own Web site at www.georgiaair.org.
Air Protection Branch links of interest:
Ambient Monitoring Program
The Ambient Monitoring Program measures levels of air pollutants throughout the State. Hourly measurements are available. AMP also reports the Air Quality Index (AQI), a simple measure of a region's air quality, for several Georgia cities and offers daily Smog Alert forecasts.
Industrial Source Monitoring Program
The Industrial Source Monitoring Program works to specify and approve all stationary source emissions monitoring and testing procedures. Download "Procedures for Testing and Monitoring Sources of Air Pollutants" here.
Mobile and Area Source Program
The Mobile and Area Source Program evaluates and controls emissions from mobile (on-road and off-road) sources and area (small industrial) sources. The program works to implement enhanced vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance programs through "Georgia's Clean Air Force." The program also addresses air quality nonattainment issues, including developing and implementing control strategies, such as low sulfur gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and alternative fuel vehicles.
Planning and Support Program
The Planning and Support Program
is responsible for all rulemaking and air quality planning activities for the Air Protection Branch. The Planning and Support Program also handles all of the financial planning and management for the Branch.
Stationary Source Compliance Program
The Stationary Source Compliance Program
is responsible for evaluating stationary sources of air pollution throughout Georgia for compliance with state and federal environmental rules/regulations, as well as compliance with Air Quality Permit conditions.
Stationary Source Permitting Program
The Stationary Source Permitting Program issues air quality permits for new industries, medical and solid waste incinerators, and other stationary air sources. Visit this site for information on Georgia's Title V Program and to download permits and Title V application forms.
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Sources that voluntarily reduce emissions may certify and "bank" these emissions as Emission Reduction Credits (ERC's) for future use by themselves or others. Visit this site to download ERC applications and view available credits.
Georgia Small Business Assistance Program
The goal of the Small Business Assistance Program is to help small businesses comply with environmental requirements. Georgia's environmental regulations require many small businesses to obtain permits, install pollution control equipment, and maintain required emissions records. A small business is defined as one employing fewer than 100 employees.