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Volkswagen Settlement

The Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement allocated approximately $21 million for Oklahoma to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from the transportation sector. DEQ has released a proposed VW Beneficiary Mitigaton Plan (BMP) for public review and comment by May 24, 2018. DEQ will hold a public meeting 1-4 PM on May 8, 2018, which includes a presentation on the BMP, opportunity for public comments, and a brief future outlook presentation. Visit DEQ's VW Settlement page for the draft plan, how to submit comments, and more.

Go to DEQ's VW Settlement Page
Ozone Season man on bicycle

Oklahoma's ozone season runs from March to November, months where there is enough sunlight to promote ozone formation. Automobile combustion engines are one source of ozone precursor chemicals. For short trips, consider walking or cycling to your destination.

What will you do for cleaner air?
Smoke Management

It's fire season again, and smoke from fires contains air pollutants like particulate matter and ozone precursors. We have a new Smoke Management web page and brochure about reducing smoke impacts from prescribed and wildland fires.

Go to our Smoke Management Page
Loading Loss Guidance

AQD's Permitting group has posted new guidance to estimate condensate and crude oil loading losses from tank trucks. The guidance is in response to requests for alternative emission factors in some proposed permit applications.

View the Guidance
Monitoring Network Review

Our annual Monitoring Network Review is now available for public comment through May 13, 2018. It contains proposed changes to the Oklahoma Air Monitoring Network for 2018.

Visit our monitoring homepage

What is air quality?
The amount of pollution in the air from all sources - natural and human - defines the quality of the air we breathe.  Air pollution isn't limited to our cities; it can blow into any part of Oklahoma from neighboring states.

Why is it important?
Bad air quality can affect everybody's health.  It can have direct effects on the lungs, and it can worsen an existing condition, such as asthma.  Some people are more sensitive to air pollution than others.  These include young children who are growing rapidly and older adults who have reduced immune systems.
 
Poor public health also incurs economic costs for society, e.g., increased healthcare costs and loss of working days.  And a clean environment makes Oklahoma an attractive place to live, work and play: something we can all be proud of.

What does the Air Quality Division do?
Most importantly, we work to effectively protect the public health in Oklahoma.  We do this by:

More information about the Air Quality Division

To reach the main AQD programs use the links on the right or the pulldown menu at the top left on any AQD page.

Last Updated: April 24, 2018

 

 
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