Office of Air

The Office of Air (OA) currently consists of two divisions: Air Permits and Air Quality. You should already have a good idea of the functions of the Air Permits Division. The Air Quality Division (AQD) develops and implements statewide and regional plans, rules, strategies, and technical guidance to attain quality standards for air.

The Air Permits Division works primarily with the AQD's:

See the tabbed information below for more detailed information regarding each of these areas (in addition to information about the AQD's interaction with the Air Permits Division concerning rule development).

 

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Emissions Banking and Trading Quick-Reference Table

 

DFW HGB BPA El Paso East and Central Texas West Texas
ERCs O O NA* NA* NA NA
DERCs O O O O O O
EBTA(SB7) M M M M M M
MECT NA M NA NA NA NA
HECT NA Harris Only NA NA NA NA

*The BPA and El Paso Ozone Nonattainment Areas were redesignated to attainment, effective November 19, 2010. The offset requirement no longer applies in these areas as of November 19, 2010; however, the offset requirement still applies to those sources that committed to it when the areas were designated as nonattainment.

O = Optional
M = Mandatory
NA = Not Applicable

DFW = Dallas-Forth Worth
HGB = Houston-Galveston-Brazoria
BPA = Beaumont-Port Arthur

For additional information regarding banking and trading programs, including credit programs and cap and trade programs, review the flash cards.

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It is important to note that the emissions banking and trading programs and emissions inventory are applicable requirements of Title V operating permits.

That was a lot of information, so let's take some time to go over the banking and trading information by working through the following quiz questions. You'll be quizzed over AQD's other program areas at the end of the module.

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