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New Mexico Environment Dept.
Air Quality Bureau
1301 Siler Rd
Building B
Santa Fe, NM 87507
(505) 476-4300

Compliance & Enforcement Section

Our mission is to implement the Clean Air Act and preserve New Mexico's air quality through education and fair and timely resolution of compliance issues.

The Air Quality Bureau's Compliance & Enforcement Section develops prioritized lists of facilities to effectively return them to compliance, calculate penalties, and resolve compliance issues with sources that receive Notices of Violation (NOVs) from the Enforcement Section.

The Enforcement Section consists of engineers, scientists and specialists dedicated to the protection of air quality in New Mexico.  The section assesses facilities out of compliance and assures facilities return to compliance with permit conditions and State and Federal regulations.  The section develops cases and calculates penalties for violations.  The section conducts meetings with sources to negotiate settlements and oversees each facility's return to compliance.  Penalties not resolved by the Enforcement Section are delivered to the Office of General Counsel (OGC) for further negotiation.

The Compliance Section performs facility inspections and reviews reports required by State Implementation Plan (SIP) requirements, Federal regulations (NSPS, NESHAP, MACT), and permit conditions (Title V and NSR).  The section assists with draft permit review and regulation development.

The Compliance Section is also responsible for regulating the asbestos National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) during renovation and/or demolition of facilities or equipment that contains asbestos.  The asbestos NESHAP page has information concerning when an asbestos notice to the AQB is required, requirements for contractors who remediate and dispose of asbestos, and other topics of interest concerning asbestos.

Visible Emission Evaluation Training Dates (external website)

Available Enforcement Section Policies:

Downloadable Documents:

Documents Regarding Intel Permit Compliance:

This page was last updated December 12, 2008
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