Air Quality Control Program
To Protect, Preserve, and Enhance the Air Resources for Current and Future Navajo Generations.
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 (PM10) from across the Navajo Nation. Collected data is uploaded to national air quality database (AQS) 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.
- Monitor Air Quality for Particulate Matter (PM10)
- Collect Meteorological Weather Data (Wind Speed and Direction, Temperature, Relative Humidity, Precipitation, Solar Radiation)
- Using the Air Quality Legislation for regulatory rulemaking
- Using the Air Quality Index determine and make recommendations for air quality control and enforcement
- Conduct bilingual (Navajo/English) environmental education outreach and community awareness
- Emission Inventory
- Gaseous Analyzers (SO2, NOx, O3)
Who is the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency?
The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA) was created in 1994, but it's enabling legislations, the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Act, was not approved by the Navajo Nation Council until April 21, 1995. Before becoming NNEPA, the organization was known first as the Navajo Tribal Environmental Protection Commission, then as the Environmental Protection Administration. The Navajo Nation Council in 1972 recognizing the importance of environmental protection established the initial commission.
The NNEPA organization is subdivided into four departments.
Those Departments are:
- The Surface and Ground Water Protection Department
- The Waste Regulatory and Compliance Department
- The Air and Toxics Department
- The Enforcement Department
Today, NNEPA consists of over sixty-five (65) staff members, with expertise in compliance inspections, permit review and renewal, legislative rulemaking, criminal enforcement, and environmental review.