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Protecting our Air Quality

One of the challenges in protecting air quality is that air is invisible. Therefore, air is one of those things often taken for granted. Pollutants in the air from activities such as driving motor vehicles and burning make the air unhealthy to breathe even when it looks clean. The Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Program protects public health and the environment from pollutants caused by vehicles, outdoor and indoor burning, and industry.

The things people do that cause air pollution can have long-term consequences. Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas causes gases to build up in our atmosphere and trap heat from the sun. Many scientists around the world agree that our planet’s changing climate is a result of these activities. Ecology works with numerous state, national, and international partners to reduce the causes and impacts of climate change.

AIR QUALITY PROGRAM

Motor Vehicles | Indoor Burning | Outdoor Burning | Agricultural Burning | Air Monitoring | Air Quality Requirements for Business & Industry | Standards & Plans | Current Rulemaking | Air Emissions Inventory | Regional Haze | Washington Clean Air Agencies | Program Grants & Loans

INDUSTRY AND AIR QUALITY

Air Quality Requirements for Business and Industry | Review of Toxic Air Pollutants (Tier II) | Air Quality permits (ORIA) | List of industrial facilities | Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) | Reporting of Emission of Greenhouse Gases

CLIMATE CHANGE

What is climate change? | Reducing carbon pollution | Washington Clean Air Rule | EPA's Clean Power Plan Rule | Responding to climate change | Ocean Acidification | Partners | Contacts | Reports | Resources | More Climate Change topics...


RULES AND REGULATIONS

Air Rules and Laws | Index of Rules | Current Rule-Making Activity | Federal Clean Air Act | State Clean Air Act

PERMITS

Regulatory Handbook - Air Quality Permits | Agricultural Burning Permits | Outdoor Burning Permits | Commercial Industrial Air Permits | Air Operating Permits | General Orders of Approval | Notice of Construction Permit | Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permits | Operating Permits Register

FORMS

All Air Quality Forms | Emission Check forms

PUBLICATIONS

All Air Quality Publications | Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Rule | Toxic Air Pollutants Priorities Study

Adult trumpeter swan in flight, photo from WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

WHAT YOU CAN DO!

Ten simple ways you can reduce air pollution.

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BURN BAN NOTICES

AIR MONITORING DATA (map)

OUTDOOR BURNING

Information about burning of household yard waste and land-clearing vegetation debris

MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS

FAQ on emissions checks in Washington

CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE STRATEGY

WASHINGTON CLEAN AIR AGENCIES

SEPA & CLIMATE CHANGE

TRANSALTA AGREEMENT