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Enforcement in New England

Air Enforcement Program

The Region's Air Enforcement program is responsible for conducting various compliance monitoring and enforcement activities under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that govern the operation of stationary pollution sources. In addition, we are charged with the responsibility of overseeing the performance of state air pollution enforcement programs. Under specific delegation agreements, some of our states have received EPA's approval to enforce certain federal regulations such as the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and the New Source Review (NSR) permitting programs. Likewise, we can enforce certain state regulations that we approved under the state's implementation plan (SIP) to meet the Clean Air Act's National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Currently, there are certain new air regulations that are enforceable only by EPA -- such as the Stratospheric Ozone regulations and certain new Air Toxics (MACT) standards.

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