The New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP)
for Clean Air
What is a SIP?
All states have to develop state implementation plans (SIPs)
that explain how each will comply with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
The SIP is defined as the collection of programs, policies and rules that states
use to enforce the federal air quality standards. The states must involve the
public, through hearings and opportunities to comment, in the development of
each state implementation plan. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
must approve each SIP, and if a SIP is not acceptable, EPA can assume
enforcement of the Clean Air Act in that state. There is only one SIP for each
state; all later submittals to EPA are SIP revisions to that single
comprehensive plan. The state rules adopted and submitted to EPA to enforce SIP
requirements become part of the SIP. The State of New Mexico’s SIP is housed
at the EPA Region VI office in Dallas, Texas.
What is Currently in the State of New Mexico’s SIP?
The New Mexico State Implementation Plan includes the
Quality Control Regulations in the New Mexico Administrative Code
Implementation Plan Revisions for Nonattainment Areas
Air Quality Control Programs: including
of state and federal regulations, permitting
of air pollution sources, modeling,
assistance program, and quality assurance; and
Ambient Air Quality Standards.