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Our Mission

The role of the Bureau of Evaluation and Planning is to develop State Implementation Plans (SIPs) to reduce air pollution in New Jersey to acceptable levels and/or maintain air pollution levels below acceptable criteria.  The development of the plans includes all necessary components, including but not limited to: emission inventory development, control strategy evaluation, coordination with other states, state agencies, and other regional organizations, and public participation in the process.

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What's New

Ozone Transport Commission Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment Regarding Proposed Recommendations under Section184(c) of the Clean Air Act

Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for 2018-2028 – Extension of Public Comment Period

Proposed Regional Haze State Implementation Plan for 2018-2028, Public Notice of Hearing and Comment Period

State Implementation Plan Revision for the Infrastructure and Transport Requirements for the 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards and Negative Declaration for the Oil and Natural Gas Control Techniques Guidelines

Risk Screening Worksheet for Long-Term Carcinogenic and Noncarcinogenic
Effects and Short-Term Effects

Air Quality Awareness Week, April 29 – May 3, 2019

Governor Murphy Proclaims Air Quality Awareness Week

Final State Implementation Plan Revision, Ozone Attainment Demonstration and Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Program Compliance Certification

Phase I and II (Stage I and II), TBAC Repeal and Permitting Changes Rule Adoption and SIP Revision

Final Exceptional Event Demonstration Analysis for Ozone During May 25-26, 2016

Recent Increases in NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units Equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction

New Jersey Acts to Reduce Pollutants from Pennsylvania Plant

What We Do

The Federal Clean Air Act requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for pollutants considered harmful to public health and the environment. The Federal Clean Air Act establishes two types of national air quality standards. Primary standards set limits to protect public health, including the health of "sensitive" populations such as asthmatics, children, and the elderly. Secondary standards set limits to protect public welfare, including protection against decreased visibility, damage to animals, crops, vegetation, and buildings. Air pollution comes from many different sources: stationary sources such as factories and power plants, and smaller sources such as dry cleaners and degreasing operations; mobile sources such as cars, buses, planes, trucks, and trains; and naturally occurring sources such as windblown dust, and vegetation, all contribute to air pollution. Air pollution in New Jersey is a serious public health and environmental problem that affects every resident.  Every day, thousands of New Jersey residents suffer from asthma and other respiratory ailments due to exposure to ozone and fine particulates in our air.  Improving the quality of New Jersey’s air is one of DEP’s highest priorities. The USEPA has set National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six principal pollutants, which are called "criteria" pollutants. The Bureau of Air Quality Monitoring (BAQM) maintains Ambient Air Monitoring Sites throughout the State. These monitoring sites are designed to measure maximum pollutant concentrations, to assess population exposure, to determine the impact of major pollution sources, to measure background levels, to determine the extent of regional pollutant transport, and to measure secondary impacts in rural areas. The Bureau of Air Quality Planning (BAQP) then compiles the state's emissions inventory. BAQP uses the Emissions Inventory with BAQM’s data to evaluate air quality and reduce emissions throughout the State. BAQP also develops State Implementation Plans, which contain specific components including, but not limited to emissions inventories; control strategies; coordination with other states, state agencies, and regional organizations; and public participation in the planning process.


To contact Air Quality Planning:

To contact Air Quality Evaluation:

DEP-Air Quality Planning
401 E. State Street, 2nd Floor
Mail Code 401-07H
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Phone: (609) 292-6722
Fax: (609) 777-1343

DEP-Air Quality Evaluation
401 E. State Street, 2nd Floor
Mail Code 401-07H
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Phone: (609) 292-6722
Fax: (609) 777-1112

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