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Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board

The Air Quality Control Board is an appointed, volunteer citizen board created to carry out duties to prevent or abate air pollution under the New Mexico Air Quality Control Act and the federal Clean Air Act. The Air Board serves as a joint local authority acting on behalf of both the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

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Air Board Authority

The Air Board operates in two main roles: 1) a quasi-legislative (rulemaking) role, and 2) a quasi-adjudicatory (judicial) role. In the rulemaking role, the Air Board may adopt, amend, or repeal air quality rules and standards consistent with the New Mexico Air Quality Control Act to comply with the federal Clean Air Act and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and prevent or abate air pollution. In the judicial role, the Air Board hears appeals of air quality permit decisions made by the Environmental Health Department. The Air Board may also perform duties within the context of recognizing the differences, needs, requirements, and conditions within Albuquerque-Bernalillo County.

The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Program, administered by the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department, serves as the local agency partner to the Air Board and is authorized to implement and enforce clean air regulations within the boundaries of the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

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Upcoming Air Board Meetings

View the schedule of upcoming Air Board meetings. Agendas and other meeting documents are posted with each event.

Air Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m., and are open to the public and conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. Meeting agendas are available on this website no later than the Friday prior to the meeting.

Public Participation in Air Board Meetings

The Air Quality Control Board will take general public comments and comments on specific agenda items during regular meetings. Public comment is limited to 5 minutes or less, depending on the number of speakers signed up.

Email public comments related to Air Board business any time to the Air Board Liaison: [email protected]

Comments to the Air Board can also be delivered via mail or in-person to the addresses below.

Mailing Address:

Environmental Health Department Attn. Air Board

P.O. Box 1293

Albuquerque, NM 87103

Physical Address:

Environmental Health Department Attn. Air Board

3rd Floor Room 3023

1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

View public notices and comment opportunities on Air Board rulemaking and adjudicatory matters.

Air Board Members

The Air Board consists of seven voting members, appointed for three-year terms, and two non‑voting members. Four members are appointed by the City and three members are appointed by the County. The City is designated four members due to its significantly larger population than the County. Board members are selected for their concerns about, and commitment to, local ambient air quality. The Bernalillo County Planning Commission and the City of Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commission may each appoint a non-voting member to be liaisons to the Board, and the Deputy Director of the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department overseeing the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Program serves as the Secretary of the Board.

Voting Members

Bernalillo County Representatives

City of Albuquerque Representatives

View membership on this board.

Planning Commission Liaisons

Air Board Committees

Air Board Documents

Rulemaking Procedures

The Air Board process for considering new air quality regulations and plans is governed by the New Mexico Air Quality Control Act and by the Air Board's rulemaking procedures. These laws require that the public be notified and invited to participate in the Air Board's consideration of a proposed regulation or plan. A rulemaking hearing before the Air Board is a hearing to adopt, amend or repeal a board rule, regulation or standard. Procedures for this type of hearing are delineated in 20.11.82 NMAC. Rulemaking procedures do not apply to adjudicatory actions.

Adjudicatory Procedures

An adjudicatory hearing before the Air Board is one in which the Board makes a final, binding determination that directly affects the legal rights of air quality permit applicants, permittees, or other persons who participated in a permitting action before the Department and who are adversely affected by the permitting action. Procedures for this type of hearing are delineated in 20.11.81 NMAC. Adjudicatory procedures do not apply to rulemaking actions.

Past Air Board Meetings

View agendas, minutes, related documents, and recordings from past meetings.

Records Requests

To obtain records not featured on this webpage, contact the Control Strategies Manager:

Read the City of Albuquerque's Notice of Right to Inspect Public Records for important information about records requests.

In accordance with 20.11.2.22 NMAC, the Fee Regulation for the Air Board:

“Photocopying and other copies of public records: as provided by the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act and by the applicable city of Albuquerque ordinance and city administrative instruction number 1-7. The charge for copying public records shall not include a separate charge for staff time for locating and copying documents or for determining whether documents are exempt from inspection and copying.”