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Division for Air Quality

The Division for Air Quality is one of six divisions in the Department for Environmental Protection that is part of the Energy and Environment Cabinet. We are here to serve you, whether you are a permit holder, a technical or legal consultant, a member of an environmental organization or a citizen interested in what we do.

Our division emphasizes good stewardship of our environment. Air pollution should be prevented or reduced whenever possible. In addition to our air monitoring and permitting programs, we work with counties and local communities to find strategies to reduce air pollution. The division also offers free air quality education and outreach to all ages and audiences. Please contact the many dedicated employees of our division if we can be of service to you. 

Current News 

Sept. 30, 2016

On Oct. 26, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Final Rule in the Federal Register.  The final rule revises the level of the primary Ozone NAAQS from 0.075 parts per million (ppm) to 0.070 ppm.  State recommendations for designations of attainment/nonattainment for areas within Kentucky were submitted to EPA on Sept. 30, 2016.  The Cabinet recommended the northern portions of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky to be designated as nonattainment, with all other counties being designated as attainment/unclassifiable.  The recommendations were based on 2013-2015 air monitoring data, which showed a single monitor in Campbell County with an average value of 0.071 ppm.


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