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

  • Operates a laboratory to analyze air samples, including an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer for particulate metals analysis and a clean room/weigh room for fine particulate gravimetric analysis.
  • Processes and issues permits to qualified entities in which operations result in the release of air emissions.
  • Develops and revises state implementation plans (SIPs), enabling West Virginia to maintain federal funding and remain free of federal EPA sanctions.
  • Conducts inspections of permitted facilities to ensure compliance with the federal Clean Air Act and the state's Air Pollution Control Act.
  • Monitors air quality to protect human life, health, and safety and to reasonably prevent injury to plant, animal, or property due to air quality.
  • Investigates and addresses citizens' complaints related to air quality.
  • Collects and compiles air quality data.
  • Provides air quality information to the U.S. EPA and to citizens.
  • Provides educational outreach programs to increase public awareness of air quality concerns.
  • Assists small businesses in understanding and implementing controls to comply with regulations.

Goals, Objectives, and Performance Measures

Data Recovery Rate

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

Fiscal Year Data Recovery Rate
2017 Actual 96%
2018 Actual 87%
2019 Actual 94%
2020 Actual 92%
2021 Estimated 75%
2022 Estimated 75%

Average Days Open Per Complaint

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

Fiscal Year Average Days Open Complaints Filed
2017 Actual 8.4 639
2018 Actual 6.5 524
2019 Actual 6.6 382
2020 Actual 7.55 446
2021 Estimated 15.0 600
2022 Estimated 15.0 600

Inspections

Perform inspections for all Title V (major) sources biennially and every five years for Synthetic Minor sources.

  Title V Inspections Synthetic Minor Inspections
Fiscal Year Targeted Performed Targeted Performed
2017 Actual 73 77 4 38
2018 Actual 86 99 4 42
2019 Actual 50 88 5 58
2020 Actual 97 86 34 46
2021 Estimated 82 -- 35 --
2022 Estimated 97 -- 34 --

Air Quality Index (AQI) Percentage in the Good to Moderate Range

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).

Fiscal Year AQI Percentage 'Good' to 'Moderate'
2017 Actual 99.7%
2018 Actual 99.0%
2019 Actual 99.0%
2020 Actual 98.9%
2021 Estimated 98.0%
2022 Estimated 98.0%

Final Actions Taken Within Timeframe

Preconstructions Permit Applications

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

Fiscal Year Within Timeframe Final Actions Taken
2017 Actual 66.0% 113
2018 Actual 79.0% 68
2019 Actual 73.0% 90
2020 Actual 87.8% 74
2021 Estimated 70.0% 90
2022 Estimated 70.0% 60

General Permit Registration Applications

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

Fiscal Year Within Timeframe Final Actions Taken
2017 Actual 85.0% 189
2018 Actual 90.0% 157
2019 Actual 97.0% 161
2020 Actual 97.1% 140
2021 Estimated 90.0% 150
2022 Estimated 90.0% 125

Title V Operating Permit Renewals

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

Fiscal Year Within Timeframe Final Actions Taken
2017 Actual 97% 59
2018 Actual 98% 43
2019 Actual 96% 27
2020 Actual 95% 20
2021 Estimated 90% 32
2022 Estimated 90% 54

Annual Emissions Inventories

Compile annual inventories of air pollutant emissions from 95 percent of West Virginia's large industrial sources (major Title V sources -- 184 facilities in CY 2019).

Fiscal Year Percent Complete
2017 Actual 100%
2018 Actual 100%
2019 Actual 100%
2020 Actual 94%
2021 Estimated 95%
2022 Estimated 95%

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.