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Regulation Development

This page provides information on how the Environmental Health Department, Air Quality Program, proposes regulations and plans in accordance with federal, state, and local law.

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Under New Mexico law, air quality regulation for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County is the responsibility of local government rather than the state.

Thus, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, Air Quality Program, rather than a state agency, develops and proposes new air quality regulations and plans for both Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The Program brings these proposals for consideration by the Albuquerque - Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Air quality regulation for the rest of the state, outside Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, is the responsibility of the New Mexico Environment Department and the state Environmental Improvement Board

Below you'll find information on regulation development by the City of Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department, Air Quality Program.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Dario Rocha, Control Strategies Division Manager
[email protected]
(505) 768-2637

Ed Merta, Air Quality Regulation Development Coordinator
[email protected]
(505) 768-2660

Current regulation development activities

Updates

View news and notices on regulation development activities.

Regional Haze

Learn about the Air Quality Program's cooperation with the New Mexico Environment Department on a plan to improve visibility at designated national parks and wilderness areas, as required by EPA's Regional Haze Rule.

Information resources

The Environmental Health Department must develop regulations and plans in accordance with federal, state and local laws. Below you'll find information on what those laws are and the regulatory framework created in accordance with them. 

Public participation in regulation development. This page describes how the Environmental Health Department seeks public input on new regulations and plans prior to formally proposing them. You will also find links to the laws governing public participation during formal legal proceedings for adoption of air quality regulations and plans. 

The federal Clean Air Act. An EPA web page to the full text of the federal statute requiring EPA to regulate air quality across the country, in partnership with state and local air quality agencies. 

EPA air quality regulations. The full text of the Code of Federal Regulations provisions issued by EPA to protect Air Quality, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. 

EPA-approved State Implementation Plan. Citation to federally approved legal authorities governing implementation of Section 110 (and related provisions) of the federal Clean Air Act in New Mexico and Albuquerque - Bernalillo County. 

State Air Quality Control Act. Text of the New Mexico statute governing air quality regulations throughout the state, with special provisions applicable to a local air quality jurisdiction. 

New Mexico Administrative Code. Text of the state air quality regulations that apply in Albuquerque - Bernalillo County.

Albuquerque Joint Air Quality Control Board ordinance. Click the link and navigate to Chapter 9, Article 5 for the city ordinance governing air quality. 

Bernalillo County Joint Air Quality Control Board ordinance. Click the link for the county ordinance governing air quality.