The primary law governing the Department of Energy (DOE) air pollution control activities is the Clean Air Act (CAA). This law defines the role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state, local and tribal air programs in protecting and improving the nation’s air quality and stratospheric ozone layer by regulating emissions from mobile and stationary sources. The CAA contains titles that:

  • Strengthen measures for attaining air quality standards (Title I)
  • Set forth provisions relating to mobile sources (Title II)
  • Expand the regulation of hazardous air pollutants (Title III)
  • Require substantial reductions in power plant emissions for control of acid rain (Title IV)
  • Establish operating permits for all major sources of air pollution (Title V)
  • Establish provisions for stratospheric ozone protection (Title VI)
  • Expand enforcement powers and penalties (Title VII)

The Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship established the Clean Air Working Group (CAWG) to provide a forum for DOE site and program representatives to discuss CAA regulations and compliance issues; keep sites updated on new and emerging regulations and policies; share lessons-learned and best practices; coordinate comments in response to proposed EPA policies and regulations; and for identifying and developing guidance and assistance needs on air pollution control-related issues. 

The CAWG provides the following to the DOE community: 

  • Web Teleconferences (meetings); 
  • Air Quarterly Newsletter; 
  • Air Aware and Air Alert (notification and guidance) Emails;
  • Fact Sheets/Information Briefs/and Other Guidance;
  • Technical Assistance; and
  • Comments on Proposed Regulations