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Our Mission

The role of the Bureau of Evaluation and Planning is to develop State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to reduce air pollution in New Jersey to acceptable levels and/or maintain air pollution levels below acceptable criteria.  The development of the plans includes all necessary components, including but not limited to: emission inventory development, control strategy evaluation, coordination with other states, state agencies, and other regional organizations, and public participation in the process.

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What's New

New Jersey Submits Final State Implementation Plan Revisions for 75 ppb 8-Hour Ozone Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) Determination, 2011 Emission Inventory, and 8-Hour Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Plan to USEPA

NJDEP Launches New “Clean Air New Jersey” Public Outreach Campaign

Final Section 110 State Implementation Plan for the Lead, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Dioxide,Ozone,PM2.5 and PM10, and Carbon Monoxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards and Regional Haze

USEPA Approves New Jersey Request for Redesignation to Attainment of the Fine Particle National Ambient Air Quality Standards

New Jersey Acts to Reduce Pollutants from Pennsylvania Plant

What We Do

The Federal Clean Air Act requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment. The Federal Clean Air Act establishes two types of national air quality standards. Primary standards set limits to protect public health, including the health of "sensitive" populations such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly. Secondary standards set limits to protect public welfare, including protection against decreased visibility, damage to animals, crops, vegetation, and buildings. Air pollution comes from many different sources: stationary sources such as factories and power plants, and smaller sources such as dry cleaners and degreasing operations; mobile sources such as cars, buses, planes, trucks, and trains; and naturally occurring sources such as windblown dust, and vegetation, all contribute to air pollution. Air pollution in New Jersey is a serious public health and environmental problem that affects every resident.  Every day, thousands of New Jersey residents suffer from asthma and other respiratory ailments due to exposure to ozone and fine particulates in our air.  Improving the quality of New Jersey’s air is one of DEP’s highest priorities. The USEPA has set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six principal pollutants, which are called "criteria" pollutants. The Bureau of Air Quality Monitoring (BAQM) maintains Ambient Air Monitoring Sites throughout the State. These monitoring sites are designed to measure maximum pollutant concentrations, to assess population exposure, to determine the impact of major pollution sources, to measure background levels, to determine the extent of regional pollutant transport, and to measure secondary impacts in rural areas. The Bureau of Air Quality Planning (BAQP) then compiles the state's emissions inventory. BAQP uses the Emissions Inventory with BAQM’s data to evaluate air quality and reduce emissions throughout the State. BAQP also develops State Implementation Plans, which contain specific components including, but not limited to emissions inventories; control strategies; coordination with other states, state agencies, and regional organizations; and public participation in the planning process.

To contact Air Quality Planning:

DEP-Air Quality Planning
401 E. State Street, 2nd Floor
Mail Code 401-07H
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Phone: (609) 292-6722
Fax: (609) 777-1343

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