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The goals of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are accomplished through the coordinated efforts of dedicated people in the various Divisions. DEQ's Air Quality Division accomplishes its goals through the following organizational framework.

Legal Counsel works closely with AQD staff on rulemaking, permitting and enforcement issues.

Emissions Inventory Section maintains the emissions database and issues fee assessments.

Technical Resources & Projects Section provides support for new initiatives, maintains and provides technical expertise (TEAM database, AQ web pages, modeling, PSD increment consumption, engineering analyses, data analysis, etc.) to all AQD Sections, coordinates with local planning agencies, publishes the quarterly Air Quality Update Newsletter, researches and prepares special studies, coordinates with DEQ's Customer Services Division, and implements ongoing programs (Lead-Based Paint Certification & Accreditation Program, and Air Toxics).

Monitoring Section collects criteria pollutant samples and numerical data from ambient air monitors. Monitoring staff also predict seasonal Clean Air Alerts and forecast the daily Air Quality Index for Tulsa, OKC and Lawton.

Permits Section issues air quality permits. The Existing Source Permit Unit issues air quality permits for modification of existing sources while the New Source Permit Unit issues air quality permits for new sources.

DEQ Regional Office at Tulsa investigates complaints in Tulsa County and performs air quality monitoring, inspections, permit writing, and other duties in the eastern third of Oklahoma.

Compliance Section and Enforcement Section work jointly to conduct inspections of all types and have recently implemented a "cradle to grave" method of handling cases. Compliance and Enforcement staff perform annual inspections to ensure permit requirements are being followed, perform asbestos inspections, investigate complaints to secure final resolution within 90 days, perform inspections of facilities requesting permits, and investigate potential violations of air quality rules referred from other Sections. Follow-up inspections are made to verify violations or corrective actions. If necessary, enforcement documents (Warning Letter, Notice of Violation or Administrative Order) are issued.

SIP Planning researches, develops, reviews, and updates air quality rules and strategies.

Quality Assurance ensures that all scientific data obtained by the Division are valid and representative through the use of "Quality Assurance Plans," audits, data validations, and certifications of standards.

Page Last Updated: March 7, 2007


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