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Air Quality Division


Fireworks can create smoke and fine particulate matter in the air, so be aware. Sensitive individuals should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure. Celebrate safely.

Today's Air Quality
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
Monitoring Network review

The Air Quality Division finalized its 2018 Air Monitoring Network Plan following a 30 day public comment period.

View the Monitoring Network Plan
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

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Last Updated: July 3, 2018


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