Division of Air Quality
Terry O'Clair, Director
918 East Divide Avenue, 2nd Floor
Bismarck, ND 58501-1947
Dakota Department of Health, Division of Air Quality works to safeguard
the environment for North Dakota. Programs within the Division deal
with issues that affect the comfort, health, safety and well being of all
North Dakota citizens and their environment. Enforcement of state and
federal environmental laws is accomplished through permitting, inspection,
sampling, analytical services and monitoring activities of the division.
PERMITTING AND COMPLIANCE: The Permitting and Compliance
Branch implements and enforces state and federal air pollution control
laws by issuing construction and operating permits, conducting
inspections, monitoring stack tests and analyzing compliance reports.
The Radiation Control Program monitors the
development and utilization of sources of ionizing and non-ionizing
radiation to protect the health and safety of the radiation user and the
general public. Radon continues to be a concern to North Dakota residents.
The Radon Program promotes testing and mitigation of radon, as well as use
of radon-resistant construction techniques in newly built homes.
ASBESTOS CONTROL: The Asbestos Control Program was established to
ensure that asbestos materials in public and private buildings are managed
in a manner to minimize exposure to workers and the public. The program
licenses and certifies asbestos workers.
INDOOR AIR: The Indoor Air Quality Program provides
information and technical assistance to the public concerning various
indoor air quality issues. The types of issues include, but are not
limited to, odor concerns, indoor mold growth, carbon monoxide exposure,
and proper ventilation.
The Lead-based Paint Program is
established to ensure that Lead-based Painted materials in Pre 1978 Target
Housing and Child occupied Facilities are managed in a manner to minimize
exposure to workers and the public. The program licenses and certifies
Lead-based Paint workers and trainers.
The primary goal of the Indoor Radon Program is to reduce the level of
indoor radon in the state of North Dakota to concentrations less than the
Environmental Protection Agency's action level of 4pico-Curies per liter (pC/L).
The Air Quality Monitoring branch ensures that the ambient air quality
in North Dakota is better than the levels required by the state and
federal Ambient Air Quality Standards. To address this
responsibility, the Department operates a network of ambient air quality
Conducts computer-based modeling analyses in support of state and
federal air pollution control laws and reviews modeling analyses
submitted as part of the permitting process. Dispersion Modeling works
in close cooperation with Permitting and Compliance and Ambient
Monitoring. Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at
701.328.5188, or email Rob White.
Provides oversight and implementation of the Regional Haze Program as it
pertains to affected ND sources.