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Department of Environmental Protection

Air Resources Management

What is the purpose of the program?

The Division of Air Resource Management is charged with protection and management of Florida's air resources, including air monitoring, permitting and compliance of emission sources, and implementing the Siting Acts. Air pollution comes from many sources including factories, power plants, and motor vehicles. The division implements state, federal Clean Air Act, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.

How does the division administer the program?

The primary functions of the statewide air program include permitting, compliance assistance, compliance determinations and enforcement, emissions inventory management, state regulatory planning for Clean Air Act compliance, and ambient air monitoring. The division directly implements air regulatory actions and oversees the activities of the department's six districts and eight department-approved county air pollution control programs.
The division includes four offices.

What kinds of pollutants are regulated?

Most program air quality activities involve controlling six criteria air pollutants identified by the EPA: ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, and lead. The program also regulates air toxics, or hazardous air pollutants such as benzene, which is found in gasoline, and perchlorethylene, which is emitted from some dry cleaning facilities.  These are chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health problems, such as birth defects. 

How good is Florida's air quality?

In Fiscal Year 2019-20, Florida residents experienced good or moderate quality air 99.1% of the time.  This meets the legislatively approved performance standard of 99.1%. Percent changes in per capita annual emissions of priority pollutants in Fiscal Year 2018-19 compared with levels five years ago indicate declines in priority pollutants:  -30.36% for nitrogen oxides, -47.06% for sulfur dioxide, -22.11% for carbon monoxide, and -22.94% for volatile organic compounds. All percent changes exceeded the legislatively approved performance standard of -3.8%.  

What is New Source Review?

New Source Review is a Clean Air Act program that requires industrial facilities to install modern pollution control equipment when they are built or when making a change that increases emissions significantly. The program accomplishes this when owners or operators obtain permits limiting air emissions before they begin construction.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Department of Environmental Protection's Office of the Inspector General reports are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Sections 20.255, 316.272, and 376.60, and Ch. 403, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Division of Air Resource Management, 850-717-9000