The Air Pollution Control Program issues emissions-limiting permits for most air pollution sources in Jefferson County. 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.
Open burning is prohibited in Jefferson County from May through October. Open burning during other months requires prior approval from the Jefferson County Department of Health. Read More
The Air Pollution Control Program acts as an information and referral resource regarding indoor air quality problems. Indoor air quality complaints in institutional buildings (i.e., hospitals and schools) are investigated to a limited degree. Owners are often referred to other resources for more complex investigations or solutions. Individuals complaining about residential indoor air quality problems are also referred to other resources for additional information. The Air Pollution Control Program has no regulations or enforcement policies regarding indoor air quality at this time. Complainants may be referred to other agencies like the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, if appropriate.
The Air Pollution Control Program regulates dry cleaners in Jefferson County that use perchloroethylene. Perchloroethylene, also known as perc, is a solvent used in dry cleaning. The Air Pollution Control Program inspects freestanding small dry cleaners commonly located in a strip shopping center or as a stand-alone building. These dry cleaners are classified as “area sources,” which means they emit less than 10 tons of perc each year. These dry cleaners are covered by emissions standards known as generally available control technology (GACT) standards.
Gasoline Dispensing Facilities
The Air Pollution Control Program regulates gasoline-dispensing facilities and tanker trucks due to emissions of VOCs. Gasoline-dispensing facilities must have and use Stage I Vapor Balance equipment while filling storage tanks. Gasoline tanker trucks are required to recover gasoline vapors while filling or emptying the truck vessels. Gasoline tanker trucks must certify vapor tightness annually and display an Air Sticker issued by the Air Pollution Control Program.