The Compliance and Enforcement Section is responsible for conducting inspections and investigations of air pollution sources in West Virginia, addressing citizen complaints involving alleged air pollution violations, implementing the federal Title IV "acid rain" requirements for all of the West Virginia coal-fired electric generating units and inspecting asbestos demolition and renovation projects in West Virginia. The sources involved are subject to a wide range of regulations, including EPA delegated programs, the EPA-approved SIP, and state-only regulations. Most of the EPA-delegated programs are recently promulgated rules governing the emissions of hazardous air pollutants utilizing maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards, or are subject to federal new source performance standards (NSPS).
The Compliance and Enforcement Section is comprised of four areas, including chemical operations, materials handling, combustion, and asbestos. Each area also has its own compliance and enforcement criteria.
In order to achieve it’s objective, the section conducts periodic facility inspections. When a noncompliance issue is observed and documented, a Notice of Violation is issued to the facility. Depending on the gravity of the situation, a Cease and Desist Order may also be issued. In some situations a Consent Order may be entered into with the facility allowing the facility to continue operating while correcting the noncompliance issue in accordance with a compliance schedule incorporated into the Consent Order.