Air Pollution Control
The City of Dallas Air Pollution Control Program has been a vital part of the City’s services since the late 1960’s. This program was instrumental in developing many of the modern methods, procedures and techniques that have become standards used by sampling and analysis laboratories throughout the U.S. today.
The City of Dallas is the authority for compliance assessment, ambient air monitoring, and enforcement within City limits for the State’s Air Pollution Control Rules and Regulations. The City of Dallas:
- Operates a network of air monitors that measure the quality of the air that we breathe;
- Inspects industrial facilities, gas stations, and used car lots;
- Investigates pollution control equipment;
- Investigates complaints from citizens concerning potential air polluting activities and visible nuisances;
- Reviews and makes recommendations to the State concerning proposed new facilities or modifications to existing facility operations;
- Works closely with political groups and environmental agencies to develop the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for attaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone.
Air Pollution Monitoring
The City of Dallas operates a “network” of monitoring stations throughout the City and parts of Dallas County. These monitors sample for the presence of criteria pollutants identified by the EPA as detrimental to public health. The monitoring network provides air quality data to the TCEQ. This data is used to determine compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).
Click below to view the regional map with the current ozone level.
Compliance and Enforcement
The City of Dallas Air Pollution Control Program routinely conducts inspections of industry sources that have the potential to emit air contaminants, samples for pollution from existing sources, inspect and register used car lots, inspect service stations for vapor control equipment, and investigate citizen complaints concerning outdoor air pollution. When violations of rules or regulations are found, they are referred to the TCEQ for legal enforcement.
If you have a question, complaint or a concern about air pollution, you may contact 3-1-1 or call 214-948-4435.
New sources or modifications to existing sources having the potential to emit air contaminants an Air Quality Permit or a Standard Permit from the TCEQ or register with the TCEQ when their source modifications meet specific criteria for a Permit by Rule. The City of Dallas Air Pollution Control Program conducts engineering reviews and makes technical recommendations concerning all applications or modifications requested within the City. The reviews and recommendations are directed toward reducing potential air emissions allowed by regulations to the lowest level for the specific type of operations concerned. This action protects human health from potentially harmful emissions.