The enforcement of air quality regulations must concentrate first on obtaining compliance and second providing an effective deterrence for non-compliance.
The largest single function in the division involves processes to assure compliance with all applicable local District Regulations, and State and Federal laws. Field inspectors perform unannounced inspections on permitted sources. During these inspections, they determine whether the sources are operating in compliance with requirements. When they find violations of requirements they initiate appropriate enforcement actions and take affirmative steps to assure the violations are remedied and that the operator understands the problem and how it can be avoided. Enforcement actions for violations include: Notices to Comply for specified minor violations and Notices of Violation with imposition of civil penalties.
The enforcement function also includes an element of compliance assistance, by which inspectors strive to affirmatively assure operators are aware of requirements in order to avoid the occurrence of violations.
For additional program information, please contact Teresa Sewell, Supervising Air Quality Inspector, at email@example.com (831) 647-9411.