Program - Frequently Asked Questions
is the difference between demolishing a facility and renovating it?
I know if I have asbestos in my building?
asbestos projects are exempt?
Certain demolitions of individual single family
residential home or apartment buildings with four (4) dwellings or
may be exempt from notification. Residential structures that are
being demolished as part of a reuse project are not exempt
from notification. Examples of reuse projects that are not exempt
include: clearing of highway right of ways, extension of airport
runway clear zones, redevelopment of residential property for
commercial or industrial purposes.
is asbestos notification?
A notification is a written notice of intent to renovate or
demolish. It is required prior to contractors engaging in the
demolition of a building. It is also required for renovations if
there is asbestos containing materials being removed that are
greater than or equal to 260 linear feet on pipes, 160 feet on other
building components, or 35 cubic feet off building components where
the length or area could not be measured previously. The required
notification must be mailed ten (10) working days prior to the start
of any regulated project. The form can be accessed at
Questions can be addressed to the asbestos coordinator
Patricia Tampas at (561) 681-6621 or via e-mail at
need an air pollution permit?
can I do about indoor air quality concerns with mold, lead, volatile
organic compounds, etc.?
the FDEP has no regulatory authority over indoor air quality in
homes and businesses, please contact your county health department.
Agencies and addresses can be found here. Also,
the EPA has a Web site specifically for mold issues at
http://www.epa.gov/airindoormold.html. You may also
contact the American Lung Association at
The ALA may be able to provide free information on indoor air
witnessed the release of air conditioner unit gases (Freon) into the
atmosphere. Who do I contact?
I report noise pollution?
The FDEP has no
regulatory authority over sources of noise pollution. State rules
governing decibel levels emitted by motor vehicles are enforced by
appropriate law enforcement. To voice your concerns, please start
by contacting the code enforcement section of your county, town or
city of residence.
I report dust and odor concerns?
The FDEP and its
delegated local programs enforce state rules that prohibit the
discharge of non-permitted air pollutants. Please contact the
DEP Southeast District Air Program at (561) 681-6659
if your concern is within St. Lucie, Martin or Okeechobee counties.
If your concern is within Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade
counties, please contact the respective county agency.
Palm Beach County Health Department
Palm Beach County Daily Air Quality Update, call (561)
Permitting and Compliance, (561) 355-3136.
Broward County Environmental Protection Department
Broward County Daily Air Quality Update, call (954)
Compliance, (954) 519-1220
Permitting and Planning, (954) 519-1220
Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources
Miami-Dade County Daily Air Quality Update, call (305)
Permitting and Compliance (305) 372-6925
What is ozone?
Is ozone a good or bad thing?
Both! Think of ozone as
"good up high, bad nearby". The
naturally occurring ozone in the stratosphere provides a protective
layer that shields us from too much ultraviolet sunlight.
However, at ground level, ozone can cause problems.
How is the ground-level ozone problem in Florida?
ozone, the main ingredient of smog, is formed when the pollutant
oxides of nitrogen combine with another pollutant hydrocarbon in the
presence of sunlight. When we breathe in air contaminated with
ozone the very reactive ozone will get deep in our lungs and could
cause tissue damage that will interfere with
breathing and lung capacity.
What is air monitoring?
What is the Air Quality Index (AQI)?
What is the
National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)?
What are emission standards?
What is opacity?
What are the air pollutants monitored in Florida?
The six criteria, or most important, air
pollutants are measured: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone,
particulate matter and sulfur dioxide.
What can I do when I see a
It is against the law for a
motor vehicle to put out over five (5) seconds of smoke from the
tail pipe while the vehicle is idling or at constant speed. Record
the make and model of vehicle, date, time and location and report it
to your local county air programs or the FDEP SED office at (561)
How good is the air quality in
What can I do to make our air