DEQ's Air Quality Division is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state health-based air quality standards. Staff in the state and regional offices fulfill this responsibility through the following activities.
DEQ's air quality protection efforts are designed to assure compliance with federal and state health-based air quality standards. Responsibility for protecting Idaho's outdoor (ambient) air quality is shared by DEQ's Air Quality Division, based in the agency's state office in Boise, and DEQ's regional offices located in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Pocatello, and Twin Falls. Air quality programs and policies are developed in the state office and implemented throughout the state by DEQ's regional offices.
Idaho is among the states that have been delegated authority by EPA to issue air quality permits and enforce air quality regulations. States with this authority are authorized to develop plans demonstrating how they will achieve, maintain, and enforce the standards. Jointly, the state rules and these plans are known as each state's State Implementation Plan (SIP).