The Emission Inventory Section collects and examines amounts of emissions from various sources in New Mexico to facilitate planning and modeling of these emissions.
What is an emission inventory?
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) is required to conduct statewide emission inventories of criteria and hazardous air pollutants under 20.2.73 New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) Notice of Intent and Emissions Inventory Requirements.
The NMED AQB does not have jurisdiction over facilities in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands; consequently, they are not included in the NMED AQB inventory. The NMED AQB submits the emission inventory electronically to EPA based on a schedule promulgated by EPA and contained in the Consolidated Emission Reporting Regulation (CERR). The EPA hosts the national emissions inventories where you can query specific regions, states and pollutants. The 2014 National Emissions Inventory data can be queried here.
Why conduct emissions inventories?
NMED conducts emission inventories in order to comply with state and federal regulations. The emission inventory is used to develop planning tools and conduct air dispersion modeling. This information is critical to measuring progress in reducing emissions and to provide input for air quality management projects, such as regional haze and non-attainment areas. The emission inventory is also used to track air quality trends, provide data for the air quality report, and correlate area, industry, and source growth to pollution.