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Office of Air

The office offers grants in an effort to reduce air pollution; oversees air permitting activities; strives to protect and restore air quality in cooperation with local, regional, state, and federal stakeholders; and tracks progress toward environmental goals, adapting plans as necessary.

Tonya Baer, Deputy Director
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Air Grants

Mike Wilson, P.E., Director
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The Air Grants Division oversees the implementation and award of grants under the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Program and the Texas Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Program (TxVEMP). The TERP and TxVEMP programs offer financial incentives to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities in Texas, to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from mobile sources and to encourage the use of alternative fuels for transportation in the state.

Air Permits

Sam Short, Director
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The Air Permits Division processes air permits and authorizations for facilities that, when operational, would emit contaminants into the atmosphere. The division does this through two major air permitting programs, New Source Review (NSR) Permits and Title V Federal Operating Permits.

New Source Review Permits

Several potential air authorizations fall under the category of NSR Permits:

  • De Minimis
  • Permits by Rule (PBR)
  • Standard Permit (SP)
  • Construction, Modification
  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)
  • Nonattainment

Title V Federal Operating Permits

Two kinds of permits are possible under the category of Title V Federal Operating Permits:

  • Site Operating Permit
  • General Operating Permit

Air Quality

Donna Huff, Director
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The Air Quality Division works to protect and restore air quality through three programs.

Air Emissions Assessment

  • Provides information about the Toxic Release Inventory Program.
  • Maintains the inventory of point source emissions for industrial sources of air contaminants.
  • Develops the emissions inventory for area emissions, such as those from small businesses that are not regulated as point sources.
  • Develops the emissions inventory for mobile sources of air contaminants.
  • Assists companies in interpreting emissions and inspection-fee rules and performs audits to ensure fees have been correctly reported.

Air Modeling and Data Analysis

  • Analyzes data and conducts photochemical modeling in support of pollution control strategies and designs.
  • Manages air quality research.

Air Quality Planning

  • Administers the Air Emissions Banking and Trading Program, which:
    • provides flexibility for compliance with the federal Clean Air Act through a market-based framework for emissions banking and trading while achieving net reductions in air emissions, and
    • offers incentives for voluntary air emissions reductions.
  • Implements the Tax Relief Program for Pollution Control Property, which provides determinations of whether certain pollution control property may be exempted from property taxes.
  • Evaluates appropriate pollution control strategies, develops plans to implement control measures necessary to comply with federal air quality standards, and provides technical guidance to stakeholders affected by these regulations.