Air Pollution Control Program
The goal of the Jefferson County Department of Health Air Pollution Control Program is to ensure that the ambient air
within Jefferson County meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards established by the U. S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). These Federal standards are designed to protect human health and the environment. The
Jefferson County Board of Health adopts regulations that meet all Federal Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements and those
requirements mandated through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
A major activity of the Air Pollution Control Program (APCP) is the operation of the air-monitoring network, which measures criteria pollutant levels in the ambient air
(that portion of the atmosphere we breathe). The pollutant concentration data received from the monitoring network are used as the basis for developing control strategies
necessary to ensure that health standards are met and maintained. Jefferson County currently meets all ambient air quality standards. The APCP issues daily air quality forecasts
year-round and can be found here. For more information on how you can help minimize air pollution in the Birmingham area,
visit the Alabama Partners for Clean Air website.
To view real time ozone and PM 2.5 concentrations go to the EMPACT website or go to EPA’s
AirNow web page.
Local industrial facilities and other air pollution sources, including gasoline dispensing facilities, asbestos
demolition and renovation sites, and proposed open burning sites are inspected periodically to
determine compliance with applicable regulations. Emissions-limiting permits are required for most air pollution
sources in Jefferson County. Any person constructing, erecting, altering, or replacing any air pollution source is
required to submit an application for an Air Permit at least 10 days prior to construction. All major sources are
subject to the Federal Title V program, which encompasses all permitting and compliance monitoring activities for
these sources, and is funded by emissions fees assessed per ton of pollutant emitted into the atmosphere. All major
sources, synthetic minor and green-field site (new site) sources require public participation in the permit review
process. Public Notices are posted in local newspapers to give the general public the opportunity to provide comments on proposed
permits, which are available to the general public for viewing during the public notice period.
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