Rules and Forms
Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act is a lengthy and complex federal law containing many provisions to improve and protect the outdoor air quality in the United States.
It gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) the responsibility for setting national ambient air quality standards to protect public health, while giving states the job of determining how best to meet those standards.
The EPA also has the task of developing tailpipe standards for new cars and trucks and national emission standards for many kinds of industrial activities, including those that contribute to acid rain and toxic air pollution.
States, in turn, have the responsibility to ensure compliance with emission standards by industry.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the lead agency responsible for implementing the Clean Air Act in Florida. The Department is assisted in this effort by county air pollution control agencies in Broward, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.
Note: The federal Clean Air Act should not be confused with the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, the purpose of which is to protect the public health, comfort, and environment by creating areas in public places and at public meetings that are reasonably free from tobacco smoke. Learn more about the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, which is administered by the Florida Department of Health.
Last updated: April 19, 2012