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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

App # Name Comment On Comment Period Ends
3435 U.S. Department of Energy - Sandia Field Office Application Closed for comment
3433

Duke City Redi-Mix, LLC

Portable Concrete Batch Plant

Application Closed for comment
0786-M6 ABCWUA Southside Water Reclamation Plant Application Closed for comment
2093-RN-M1 PNM Rio Bravo Generating Station Application Closed for comment
3436 U.S. Department of Energy - Sandia Field Office Application Closed for comment
0444-M4 SUMCO Phoenix Corporation Application July 24, 2021

Received Stationary Source Air Quality Permit Applications

App # Facility Name Owner Received Status
0499-M2-RN2 PNM Reeves GS Public Company Services of New Mexico 2/8/2021 In review for administrative completeness
0752-M3 American Gypsum American Gypsum 5/19/2021 In review for administrative completeness
0051-M2 Albuquerque Asphalt Terminal Western Refining Terminals, LLC 3/24/2021

Deemed Incomplete 4/23/2021

3443 Black Rock HP-12 HMA Black Rock Services, LLC 06/21/2021

2nd Submittal.    In review for administrative completenes

2095-M2 Bimbo Bakeries Bimbo Bakeries USA 6/10/2021

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

In November 2020, the Environmental Health Department clarified the definitions for “significant public interest” and “significant air quality issue” related to air quality construction permits, and clarified the procedure for requesting a Public Information Hearing. 

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.”

The Department clarified the terms and request procedure to ensure it is effectively to serving all of Bernalillo County. Permitting requirements and the overall permitting process have not changed, only the procedure for requesting a Public Information Hearing. 

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: Simply 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 here.


View all Air Quality Notifications issued here.


Air Quality Notifications Issued in the Previous Month

Record # Facility Name Company Name Location Description
3442-AQN01 AT&T Rio Bravo EG New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC dba AT&T Mobility 6230 Isleta Blvd SW One 37.5-hp diesel emergency generator

 Applicable Regulations

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