Air Enforcement and Compliance
New York's enforcement program is based in the nine regional offices with support and guidance provided by the Central Office. Federal policy requires states to maintain lists of sources subject to federal Clean Air Act requirements as well as dates and results of certain compliance activities including all High Priority Violations as defined by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy. New York uses its Air Facility System (AFS) for tracking the compliance of air pollution sources, and for developing permits which provide facilities authority to operate.
A facility's compliance with permit requirements and air regulations is tracked in AFS, including inspections, full compliance evaluations, compliance certifications, stack tests, as well as any notices of violations and subsequent enforcement cases. Compliance and enforcement activities are tracked nationally in the EPA-Aerometric Information Retrieval System (AIRS) database. Data required to be reported to the EPA-AIRS system are periodically downloaded from the New York AFS system into batch files which are uploaded to AIRS. EPA then creates an overview of the information on the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. According to EPA, the ECHO website "integrates current compliance and inspection data under air, water, and hazardous waste programs, as well as demographic data of the surrounding area into a format that is easy to use and understand."
More about Air Enforcement and Compliance:
- Parts 201 and 231 Discretionary Enforcement Letter - DEC will exercise its authority to utilize enforcement discretion with respect to certain provisions of 6 NYCRR Parts 201 and 231 concerning the regulation of greenhouse gases.
- Compliance and Enforcement Summary - FFY 2013 - an overview of DAR enforcement activities and compliance monitoring accomplishments during FFY 2013. FFY 2013 covers the period from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013
- Compliance and Enforcement Summary - FFY 2012 - an overview of DAR enforcement activities and compliance monitoring accomplishments during FFY 2012. FFY 2012 covers the period from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012
- Part 215 Discretionary Enforcement Letter - DEC will exercise its authority to utilize enforcement discretion with respect to certain provisions of 6 NYCRR 215 (Part 215) concerning the regulation of open fires.
- Policy CP-33: Assessing and Mitigating Impacts of Fine Particulate Matter Emissions - A DEC policy addressing projects with the potential to emit fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, in quantities that could have a potential for significant adverse health and/or environmental impacts.
- Policy DAR-7: Procedures for Exemptions, Part 235 - This policy describes the procedure to grant or obtain an exemption from the applicable consumer and commercial products percent volatile organic compound(s) (VOC) by weight content limits for innovative products