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Air Quality Permits

The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Program issues permits for stationary sources of air pollution and open burning, and also oversees the regulated processes for asbestos removal, demolition, and fugitive dust. Air quality permits, notifications, and certificates of registration allow businesses to operate while protecting public health and our natural resources.

Sources of air pollution are regulated under Chapter 20.11 of the New Mexico Administrative Code. Stationary sources operate under different types of air quality permits based on their operations. Open burning, fugitive dust, asbestos removal and demolition are all regulated under different processes outlined in 20.11 NMAC. The Permitting and the Enforcement & Compliance Divisions work together to ensure that all known regulated sources of air pollution in Albuquerque-Bernalillo County operate in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Do I Need an Air Quality Permit?

Business operations, such as dry-cleaning, auto body paint shops, gasoline dispensing facilities, sand and gravel facilities, concrete and asphalt plants, and equipment such as emergency generators, engines, boilers, rock crushers, and conveying systems typically require an air quality permit. Learn more about the types of businesses and equipment that may require an air quality permit.

The Air Quality Program offers services to qualified small businesses to help them become familiar with air quality regulations and navigate the processes for permit applications and permit compliance. Learn more about the Small Business Assistance Program.

Regulated Sources of Air Pollution

Stationary Sources

Compliance and Enforcement regulate stationary source polutants in Albuquerque.

 

Stationary Sources of air pollution include buildings, structures, or installations that emit or may emit air pollution. In accordance with 20.11 NMAC, these sources must coordinate with the Air Quality Program and comply with the regulations established to limit air pollution. Learn more about stationary source permitting.

 

 

Stationary Source Air Quality Permits in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County

Use the map below to see the locations of current stationary source air quality permits. Different colors represent different permit types, and the size of the circle represents the amount of total permitted emissions. Select a box in the legend to show permits by type, or choose Show All to see all permit types at once. Click on a circle to view the permit information for that source.

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The mapping and air quality permit data depicted on this page are presented for informational purposes and are provisional and have not been reviewed for completeness or accuracy. Please see the disclaimer of liability at: https://www.cabq.gov/abq-apps/abq-data-disclaimer-1

Fugitive Dust

Compliance and Enforcement helps minimize fugitive dust in Albuquerque.Fugitive Dust is the term used in air quality regulation to describe the tiny particles (particulate matter) that become airborne when groundcover is disturbed by natural causes like wind and erosion or by human activities such as construction, agriculture, and mining. To limit the amount of particulate matter in the air and protect residents’ health, fugitive dust is regulated under 20.11.20 NMAC. All individuals and businesses engaged in activities that may generate fugitive dust that could become a public health issue, nuisance, and/or cross the property line for a specified period of time are required to use dust control measures. Learn more about fugitive dust.

 

Open Burning

Compliance and Enforcement helps minimize open burning in Albuquerque.Open burning is the burning of materials such as trees, brush, leaves, grass and other debris where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the air without passing through a chimney or stack. Air pollution from open burning can cause serious health problems, obscure visibility, or damage the environment. The Air Quality Program regulates open burning to address these concerns. Regulation 20.11.21 NMAC requires a permit for open burning, with the exception of campfires, barbeques, and small fires for warmth. Burn piles larger than 3 square feet need a permit. Learn more about open burn regulations.

 

Asbestos

Enforcement & Compliance oversees asbestos removal in Albuquerque.Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous minerals with high tensile strength, the ability to be woven, and resistance to heat and most chemicals. Because of these properties, asbestos fibers have been used in a wide range of manufactured goods. Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. Asbestos removal is a regulated activity, and the Air Quality Program oversees the removal of Regulated Asbestos Containing Material (RACM) in Bernalillo County. Learn more about asbestos removal.

 

 


Request Electronic Notification of Stationary Sources Permit Applications

Pending Stationary Source Air Quality Permit Applications

Application # Name Comment On Comment Period Ends
3479 UNMH Ophthalmology Clinic Application December 15, 2022
3478 UNMH Lamberton Application December 15, 2022
1761-M1 UNM Research Incubator Building Application December 15, 2022
1671-M2 UNMH Psychiatric Center Application December 15, 2022
3468 UniFirst Corporation Application December 10, 2022
0444-M5 Sumco Phoenix Corporation -  Albuquerque Facility Application December 1,2022
0953-M5 University of New Mexico Hospitals Application Closed for comment
0491-M8 Curia New Mexico, LLC Application Closed for comment
3470 U.S. Air Force - Kirtland Air Force Base 898th Munitions Squadron Building Application Closed for comment
3299-M1 UNM Zimmerman Library Application Closed for comment
3466 U.S. Department of Energy - Sandia Field Office Application Closed for comment
1715-M1 UNM Domenici Hall Application Closed for comment
1900-M1 U.S. Department of Energy - Sandia Field Office Application Closed for comment
3448 Star Paving South Broadway HMA Technical Analysis Closed for comment
3031-M1 U.S. Air Force - Kirtland Air Force Base Fire Department Application Closed for comment
1759-M2 U.S. Air Force - Kirtland Air Force Base Starfire Optical Range Application Closed for comment
2105-M1 U.S. Air Force - Kirtland Air Force Base AFRL/ RVEI Building 277 Application Closed for comment
0415-M3 U.S. Department of Energy - Sandia National Laboratories Radioactive and Mixed Waste Management Unit Building 6920 Application Closed for comment
3456 U.S. Department of Energy - Sandia National Laboratories Building 725 Application Closed for comment

Received Stationary Source Air Quality Permit Applications

Application # Facility Name Owner Received Status
3476 Vassar Care Center (Crematory) SMI Abq Assets, LLC 10/18/2022 1st Submittal under Review for Completeness
0800-M5 Sunset Memorial Park Sunset Memorial Park 07/11/2022 Deemed Incomplete 08/10/2022
3469 GCC Rio Grande, Inc. GCC Rio Grande Inc. 06/17/2022 Deemed Incomplete 07/15/2022
0527-RN2 Kirtland Air Force Base U.S. Department of Defense 03/24/2022 TV Renewal under Preliminary review
0532-RN2 GCC Rio Grande, Inc. GCC Rio Grande Inc. 08/26/2022 Deemed complete 10/12/2022
0499-M2-RN2 PNM Reeves GS Public Company Services of New Mexico 2/8/2021 In review for administrative completeness

After an application is deemed Administratively Complete, it will be listed in the Pending Applications table above.


Public Information Hearing Policy and Request Form

The state air quality code (Regulation 20.11.41 NMAC) states that “if the Environmental Health Department director determines there is significant public interest in the air quality permit application and a significant air quality issue is involved the Department shall hold a public information hearing pursuant to 20.11.41.15 NMAC.”

Public interest is considered significant if:

  • five or more individuals request a Public Information Hearing, or
  • a request includes a petition signed by five or more individuals, or
  • a request is submitted by an elected official, including an elected representative of a Neighborhood Association, who represents the area surrounding the proposed action.

An air quality issue is considered significant if:

  • it relates to a Title V stationary source, or
  • it relates to a Synthetic Minor stationary source, or
  • it is specific to air quality permitting regulations and is based on the permitting action described in the Public Notice.

To request a Public Information Hearing: Complete the Public Information Hearing Request Form and submit it to the Permitting Division via mail or e-mail within 30 days of the Public Notice. Instructions and addresses are included on the form.

Following the 30-day comment period, the Department will review all requests within 10 business days to evaluate if there is significant public interest and a significant air quality issue. Based on the evaluation, the department Director will determine if a Public Information Hearing will be held.

Download the Public Information Hearing Request Form.


View all Air Quality Notifications issued here.


Air Quality Notifications Issued in the Previous Month

Record # Facility Name Company Name Location Description
3474-AQN01 AT&T Eubank & Candelaria EG New Cingular Wireless PCS,LLC DBA AT&T 3010 Eubank Blvd. NE, 87111

ONE 49 HP DIESEL- FIRED EMERGENCY GENERATOR

1141-AQN01 T-MOBILE
ALBUQUERQUE SWITCH
EG1
T-MOBILE USA, INC. 4830 PAN AMERICAN FREEWAY, NE SUITE A, 87109 ONE 670.5 HP DIESEL-FIRED
EMERGENCY ENGINE
3472-AQN01 AT&T LOS RANCHOS EG NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS PCS,
LLC DBA AT&T
7110 2ND STREET NW, 87107 ONE 49 HP DIESEL-FIRED
EMERGENCY ENGINE
3473-AQN01 AT&T HOPE CONNECTION EG NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS PCS,
LLC DBA AT&T
4700 EUBANK BLVD NE, 87111 ONE 49 HP DIESEL-FIRED
EMERGENCY ENGINE
3471-AQN01 MAXQ-1 KAFB PROJECT GATE MAXQ-1, LLC 4000 RANGER ROAD, 87108 ONE 464 HP DIESEL-FIRED
EMERGENCY ENGINE
3221-AQN01 WAL-MART FUELING STATION #4676 WAL-MART STORES EAST, LP UNSER & LADERA NW , 87120 GASOLINE DISPENSING FACILITY
WITH ANTICIPATED ANNUAL
THROUGHPUT OF 4,000,000 GAL/YR
1103-AQN01 PERATON DATA CENTER PERATON, INC. 2305 RENARD PLACE SE SUITE 120, 87106 ONE 345 HP DIESEL FIRED
EMERGENCY ENGINE
1611-AQN01 LBRI NORTH FACILITY LOVELACE BIOMEDICAL
RESEARCH INSTITUTE
2425 RIDGECREST DR SE, 87108 ONE 758.1 HP DIESEL-FIRED
EMERGENCY ENGINE
3460-AQN01 ABQ PONDEROSA VERIZON WIRELESS 80 RAVEN RD, 87059 ONE 86 HP DIESEL-FIRED
EMERGENCY ENGINE

 Applicable Regulations

View air quality regulations applicable to operators in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.