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RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
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.
Motor Vehicles | Agricultural Burning | Outdoor Burning | Indoor Burning | Standards and Plans | Nonattainment Areas | Air Monitoring | Air Emissions Inventory | Regional Haze | Local Clean Air Agencies
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
Policy Framework | Understanding Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions | Reducing GHG Emissions | Clean Fuel Standard | Preparing for Impacts | National & Regional Leadership | Washington's Clean Energy Economy & Jobs | Climate Education | Partners | Contacts & Comments | Reports | Resources | More Climate Change topics...
RULES AND REGULATIONS
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
HEATING WITH WOOD
Wood smoke is one of the main sources of air pollution in Washington.
AIR MONITORING DATA (map)
Information about burning of household yard waste and land-clearing vegetation debris
Frequently asked questions about getting an emissions check in Washington
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