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Air Quality

About Us

"The mission of the Bureau of Air Quality is to conserve and enhance air resources in a manner that promotes quality of life."

This site is intended to provide access to information for our customers about the Bureau of Air Quality’s functions, resources and activities related to achieving its mission.

S.C. DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ) is the delegated authority in South Carolina for stationary source permitting. We offer assistance to facilities to improve compliance with permitting and regulatory requirements and ensure that resources are used in the most effective manner.

Facilities in South Carolina are required to submit an air dispersion modeling demonstration for most construction permits and certain operating permits. Staff within BAQ reviews the procedures and results of that modeling provided by the facility or company.

Two tools for customers that have been successfully implemented are the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program and the Compliance Assistance Program. They offer assistance to those facilities that may not have the resources to hire an environmental consultant and lead you to resources to help you understand the regulations and how to be in compliance with their requirements.

BAQ has implemented several significant air quality regulations to protect our air.

BAQ staff members continually work toward expanding our education and outreach activities in a number of different areas. Reaching all of South Carolina's citizens, whether through industry or in your community.

Improved public participation continues to be an important objective for BAQ. We strive to keep you informed about what is going on in your area.

Ground-level ozone forecasting now encompasses six geographic regions within South Carolina. We also provide daily forecast information.

Through compliance inspections, complaint responses, and monitoring activities, the Regional BAQ staff helps to ensure that ambient air quality is maintained at the highest possible level.

The Bureau of Air Quality is organized into the following divisions:

Division of Air Assessment, Innovations, and Regulation (DAAIR) -- One of the primary functions of this Division is to develop and implement strategies to maintain the quality of South Carolina's air. There are four sections within this Division: Air Quality Standards & Assessment, Air Data Analysis & Support, Air Quality Innovations, and Air Regulation & SIP Management.

Emissions, Evaluation and Support -- This Division includes four sections; Air Toxics, Emissions Inventory, Information Systems, and Modeling. Activities include providing support to permitting through modeling and technical assistance, providing daily ozone forecasts made during the ozone season, and meteorological support for various Air Program projects. These projects might include establishing monitor site locations or episode investigation. This Division also implements Federal and State air toxics programs by offering technical and compliance assistance to staff and industry. Collection of emissions data, which is used for federal reporting, modeling and planning, and fee collection is performed by this group as well.

Engineering Services -- The primary function of this division is to review permit applications and issue air quality construction and operating permits to industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities that emit regulated air pollutants. The division has four sections: Piedmont Permitting, Sandhills and Pulp & Paper Permitting, Coastal Plain and Power Permitting, and General Permitting and Support.

Air Compliance Management -- This Division conducts compliance assistance and compliance assurance activities through routine monitoring and review of operational and emissions reports and periodic inspections, implementation of the State's asbestos program, and initiation of enforcement actions when appropriate. The Division is comprised of four sections: Asbestos, Enforcement, Source Evaluation, and Technical Management.

For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.