Humans, plants, and animals all need clean air to survive. A variety of human activities can add pollutants to the air and harm our health. DNREC has several programs to help ensure Delaware’s air meets State and Federal Air Quality Standards. These standards protect public health and the environment.
DNREC staff track air quality and issue air quality forecasts and warnings. They monitor industries and other sources of air pollution and work with businesses and citizens to reduce air pollution. DNREC also regulates activities such as open burning and the handling of asbestos.
The links that follow are to a collection of pages on the old DNREC website (and a few other agencies) that relate to this topic. As the new DNREC website is built-out, these will change to links to the new site. Things will look a little mixed for a while, but we’ll always try to point you to useful information.
Delaware’s Petitions for Clean Air Delaware submitted four petitions to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act asking that agency to require sources in upwind states to control their air pollution which blows across state lines and into Delaware. The state has asked that those states control their sources at amounts that would not violate the good neighbor provisions of the Act. On June 8, 2018, the EPA announced its intent to deny all four of Delaware’s petitions.
What is the Air Quality forecast? DNREC works with meteorological experts to forecast Air Quality in Delaware. These experts look at regional and local conditions and issue daily air quality forecasts. The forecasts updates on ozone and particulate concentrations.
What are the latest readings? DNREC maintains a network of air quality monitoring stations across the state and offers real time air quality data. DNREC also offers pollen and mold counts during allergy season (March 1st – October 15th).
What’s happening with pollution sources? DNREC provides annual reports, the Toxics Release Inventory, of pollution releases to the air as well as to the land and water.
Take advantage of public transportation. You can save money, reduce your stress, and help protect air quality when you ride public transportation, such as Delaware’s DART First State. Learn more about the environmental benefits of public transportation.
Switch to a cleaner vehicle. Individual drivers, and businesses, can take advantage of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program to claim rebates and grants to support a transition to cleaner vehicles and to establish a new clean transportation infrastructure in Delaware.
Make your home or business more energy efficient. Delaware offers free weatherization assistance services to Delaware homeowners and a Business Assistance Program to help business meet air quality requirements and improve their efficiency.
Be aware of Delaware’s seasonal restrictions on open burning. Open burning restrictions are in effect throughout Delaware from May 1-Sept. 30 to help avoid ozone and other air quality problems.
To reach the 24-Hour Environmental Complaint and Spill Notification Line: 800.662.8802
For information about air pollution in Delaware, contact the Division of Air Quality: 302.739.9402
For information about clean energy and issues of climate change, contact the Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy: 302.735.3480
For information about hazardous waste, contact the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances: 302.739.9400
For information on the Toxics Release Inventory, contact the Emergency Prevention and Response Section: 302.739.9404
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Notices of Violation (Send a blank e-mail to join)
Ozone Alerts (Send a blank e-mail to join)