Programs

Purpose Statement:
To protect, preserve, and enhance the air resources for current and future Navajo generations.

Overview The Navajo Air Quality Control Program (AQCP) was created in April 1992, beginning operation under a Section 103 Air Grant awarded from the United States Environmental Protection Agency-Region 9 (USEPA-R9). The AQCP office then submitted an application and received approval for a Section 105 Air Grant in 1999, and continues to operate the Air Quality Section under this grant.

The Air Quality Section is charged to collect samples of ambient airborne particulate matter (PM-10) from across the Navajo Nation Collected data is upload to national air quality database and is used to determine air quality conditions in accordance to the Air Quality Index. The Air Quality Section also administers regulatory compliance and rulemaking, asbestos NESHAP reporting, environmental education and public outreach, and plans on developing the open burn permit and minor source inventory. The AQCP office is presently conducting educational public outreach on the proposed Open Burn Permit.

The Operating Permit Section of AQCP is authorized under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Title V Operating Permits. The Operating Permit Section reviews Operating Permit applications, determines completeness of Title V Operating Permit applications, drafts, reviews, public noticed, respond to comments, and finalizes title V operating permits for major source on the Navajo Nation, i.e., power plants, natural gas operators, etc. and does compliance inspections, certifications, compliance monitoring, and review of reports. The Navajo Nation is the first Native American Tribe to receive federal delegation to administer the Title V Operating Permits, under 40 CFR Part 71.