This section regulates air emissions from facilities that treat, store and dispose of solid and hazardous waste from hazardous waste combustion, thermal treatment, and air emission standards for equipment vents, equipment leaks, and for tanks, containers and surface impoundments. This is accomplished by evaluating permit applications for approval or denial, conducting site inspections to confirm compliance, observing facility's compliance stack test performance, and initiating enforcement actions when facilities are found in violation of the conditions of their permits or state and federal rules. Air emissions from hazardous waste combustion facilities are regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Air Act (CAA). Air emissions from solid waste facilities, such as municipal solid waste landfills, hospital/medical/infectious waste incinerators and commercial industrial waste incineration units, are regulated under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA).
Staff is also responsible for drafting rules and state plans for adopting changes and new requirements to maintain consistency with federal regulatory programs and in keeping with state goals, to protect human health and the environment.