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new RICE engine guidance

EPA has issued guidance on how they intend to implement engine regulations following the U.S. Court of Appeals vacatur of Delaware vs. EPA.

Review Guidance Memorandum
Controlled burn in northeast Oklahoma

It's Fire Season, and smoke from fires contains pollutants like particulate matter, impacting air quality and public health. DEQ and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry have developed a Smoke Management Plan for reducing smoke from prescribed and wildland fires.

View the Smoke Management Plan now
Changing air quality flag to yellow

Kanan Patel and his mom change the air quality flag from green for good to yellow for moderate at the Village Green Bench at the Myriad Children's Garden.

See more about the Village Green Bench
New General Permit for Air Curtain Incinerators

A new general permit has been posted for Air Curtain Incinerators, along with a corresponding application form (#100-365). The general permit streamlines permitting for this type of incinerator, which may be particularly useful to municipalities through the winter storm season.

Go to the General Permits page
Newly updated general permit for oil and gas

We continue to accept comments on our newly updated Minor Source Oil and Gas Facility general permit. It was published in the Oklahoman on March 26th and the Tulsa World on March 14th. Notices will be republished and the comment period will be extended.

Comment here

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:

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Last Updated: April 27, 2016

 

 
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