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Air Quality Division

Volkswagen Settlement

The Volkswagen (VW) Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement allocated approximately $21 million for Oklahoma to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from the transportation sector. The final VW Beneficiary Mitigaton Plan (BMP) was submitted to the Trust on June 8, 2018.

Go to DEQ's VW Settlement Page
June Council

The June Air Quality Advisory Council will be held Wednesday, June 20th at the TulsaTech Campus in Owasso. Proposed rules and other meeting materials have been posted.

Go to the Proposed Rules
Sulfur Dioxide Annual Report

The draft SO2 Annual Report is available for public inspection and comment through June 29, 2018. The report contains an annual comparison of SO2 emissions from five applicable sources in counties that were designated as attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 primary SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) based on modeling submitted by DEQ.

View the Draft Report
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
Ozone Attainment

On June 4, 2018, the US Environmental Protection Agency designated all counties in Oklahoma in attainment/unclassifiable for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Read the June 4 Federal Register notice

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: June 19, 2018


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