Division of Air Quality

Terry O'Clair, Director E-mail
Phone: 701.328.5188
918 East Divide Avenue, 2nd Floor
Bismarck, ND 58501-1947

The North 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.

RADIATION CONTROL: 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.

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.

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.

LEAD-BASED PAINT: 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.

RADON: 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).  

AMBIENT MONITORING: 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 monitors.

DISPERSION MODELING: 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.

REGIONAL HAZE: Provides oversight and implementation of the Regional Haze Program as it pertains to affected ND sources.

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