Executive Budget Operating Performance Measures

Mission

The Division of Air Quality’s mission is to protect and improve today’s air quality and preserve it for future generations.

Operations

  • Monitors ambient air and collects, analyzes, and summarizes air quality data from a comprehensive statewide network. 
  • Operates a laboratory to analyze air samples, including a plasma/mass spectrometer for particulate metals analysis and a clean room/weigh room for PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter) filters.
  • Submits quality assured air quality data to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency national data collection system.
  • Performs continuous emission monitoring audits of the federal Title IV acid rain program at coal-fired power plants.
  • Conducts inspections and investigations of air pollution sources, addresses citizen complaints involving alleged air pollution violations, and inspects asbestos demolition and renovation projects.
  • Processes initial and renewal operating permit applications for major air emission facilities in accordance with Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act.
  • Processes major and minor source preconstruction permit applications.
  • Develops and revises state implementation plans to attain the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards, enabling West Virginia to maintain federal funding and remain free of U. S. EPA sanctions.
  • Provides free confidential assistance to the state’s eligible small businesses on air quality issues and regulatory compliance through the Small Business Assistance Program.
  • Evaluates risk assessments and air modeling analyses of sources as required by applicable state rules and federal regulations.
  • Compiles calendar year inventories of air pollutant emissions from West Virginia’s large industrial sources.
  • Develops and coordinates public awareness of air quality issues and education outreach programs.

Goals/Objectives/Performance Measures

 Fiscal Year

Actual
2014

Actual
2015

Estimated
2016

Actual
2016

Estimated
2017 

Estimated
2018

Collect criteria pollutant data at operating air monitoring sites and capture at least 75% of the data as required by U. S. EPA.

 Data recovery rate

 97%

96%

75%

98%

75%

75%

Respond to all air pollution-related complaints within an average of 30 days.

Average days open per complaint

7.45

 8.24

 15.00

 6.81

15.00

 15.00

 Complaints filed  576  546  600  583  600  600
 Perform inspections for all Title V (major) sources biennially and every five years for Synthetic Minor sources.
Fiscal Year  Title V Inspections  Synthetic Minor Inspections
 Targeted Performed Targeted  Performed 
 Actual 2014 80  97  34 
Actual 2015   85 78  54 
 Estimated 2016  -- --  --  -- 
Actual 2016   87 87  47 
Estimated 2017   73 --  -- 
 Estimated 2018  87 --  -- 

 Maintain a Statewide air monitoring network, and report the Air Quality Index (AQI) of up to nine sites using U. S. EPA formulas, working to achieve a good to moderate range AQI at least 98 percent of the time (as derived from U. S. EPA's Air Quality System database).

AQI percentage in the good to moderate range

 99.9%

 99.9%

 98.0%

 99.8%

 98.0%

 98.0%

Take final action on all preconstruction permit applications within 90 days of receipt of each completed application. 

Final action taken within the time frame

 77%

 68%

 80%

 66%

 80%

 70%

 Final actions taken  151  132  125  116  100  100

Take final action on all general permit registration applications within 45 days of receipt of each complete application. 

Final action taken within the time frame

80.0%

 93.0%

 85.0%

 90.5%

 80.0%

 90.0%

 Final actions taken  260  270  130  188  150  150

Issue all Title V operating permit renewals within 12 months of receipt of each complete application.

 Permits issued within time frame

 95.0%

 83.0%

 85.0%

 87.0%

 80.0%

 85.0%

 Final actions taken  22  18  25  31  45  27

Compile annual inventories of air pollutant emissions from 95 percent of West Virginia's large industrial sources (major Title V sources -- 160 facilities in FY 2016). 

Percent of facilities emission inventories complete

 100.0%

 100.0%

 95.0%

 100.0%

 95.0%

 95.0%


Programs

Non Title V—(Base Air Management Program)

This program administers a statewide air quality management program for nonmajor facilities to protect the health and welfare of the public and the environment. This includes permitting, enforcement, compliance, and ambient monitoring.

 

Title V—Operating Permit Program (Major Facilities)

This program incorporates and details all applicable federal and state air quality requirements in a single document for each major Title V facility and assures compliance with those requirements. It provides a clear program through scheduling for compliance, monitoring, and reporting and provides compliance assistance for small business sources subject to regulations of Title V of the Clean Air Act.

 

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