Clean Air Branch
- Engineering Section
- Monitoring Section
- Enforcement Section
- Regulatory Basis
- Air Issues Handled by Other Agencies
- Permit Application Forms: Agricultural Burning, Covered and Noncovered Source Permits
- Request to Access a Government Record Form (PDF)
At most times and in most places in Hawaii, we enjoy some of the best air quality in the nation. However, we do have air pollution as does any metropolitan area, so the Department of Health (DOH) works diligently to regulate and monitor air pollution sources.
The Clean Air Branch (CAB) is responsible for air pollution control in the state. The primary services of the branch are provided by its three sections: Engineering, Monitoring, and Enforcement. These sections conduct engineering analysis and permitting, perform monitoring and investigations, and enforce the federal and state air pollution control laws and regulations.
Reviews air applications and issues air permits of potential air pollution stationery sources. Evaluates, through application of dispersion modeling, the potential impact of an air pollution source on ambient air quality. Evaluates the control technology, operations, and fuels consumed to assess the types and potential air emissions from the various sources. Compiles and maintains a statewide air emissions inventory for the air pollution sources.
Monitors the activities of the stationary sources for compliance with the applicable rules and permit conditions. Recommends enforcement action where violations have occurred. Conducts annual inspections of major sources and investigates incidents and complaints. In conjunction with the Air Laboratory, establishes and maintains the ambient air monitoring network and conducts special air monitoring studies as necessary. Compiles, assesses, and manages the data retrieved from the monitoring stations producing applicable graphs and reports.
Initiates case development of alleged violations, determines the penalty, drafts and issues the notice of violation, and assists and participates in the conference, hearing, and legal process. Assesses, proposes, or comments on corrective measures, settlement agreements, penalties, and administrative or court actions. Conducts “smoke reading” training classes to provide continuing certification of inspectors in the technique of evaluating visible smoke.
The following are the federal and state laws and regulations that are associated with the control of air pollution and which authorize and direct the Clean Air Branch:
Federal Clean Air Act and Amendments
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, National Primary and Secondary Ambient Air Quality Standards
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 51, Requirements for Preparation, Adoption, and Submittal of Implementation Plans
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 52.21, Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 53, Ambient Air Monitoring Reference and Equivalent Methods
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 58, Ambient Air Quality Surveillance
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 60, Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 63, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories
- Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 70, State Operating Permit Programs
State Law (Hawaii Revised Statutes – HRS)
HRS, Chapter 342B, Air Pollution Control
Administrative Rules (Hawaii Administrative Rules – HAR)
If you have any questions, please contact the Clean Air Branch:
Clean Air Branch Hawaii Department of Health 919 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 203 Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone: (808) 586-4200 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Fax: (808) 586-4359
Toll-free from the neighbor islands. Call the numbers below, then enter “64200”:
- Hawaii: 974-4000
- Maui: 984-2400
- Kauai: 274-3141
- Molokai & Lanai: 800-468-4644
In addition, the Clean Air Branch frequently receives questions about a number of topics that are related to air pollution but are actually the responsibility of other programs. The following is a list of programs which deal with these subjects:
Indoor & Radiological Health Branch, DOH, 586-4700: indoor air quality; asbestos; radiation.
Sanitation Branch, DOH, 586-8000: any restaurant-related problem (e.g., cooking smoke, odors, imu).
Office of Hazard Evaluation & Emergency Response, DOH, 586-4250: health effects; emergency response.
Health Promotions & Education Branch, DOH, 586-4613: tobacco smoke.
Pesticides Branch, Dept. of Agriculture, 973-9401: pesticide & herbicide spraying.