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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

rainbow The Air Resources Division is responsible for achieving and maintaining air quality in New Hampshire that is protective of public health and our natural environment. ARD is committed to promoting cost-effective, sensible strategies and control measures to address the many complex and inter-related air quality issues facing the state. These issues include, but are not limited to, ground-level ozone, small particle pollution, regional haze (visibility), mercury contamination, climate change, acid deposition, and air toxics. The components of New Hampshire's Air Quality Program are designed to respond to the many complex air quality issues through such tools as local, regional and national collaborations, data gathering, analysis, and control efforts.

ARD regulates and limits air emissions from a variety of stationary sources within New Hampshire through a Statewide Permitting Program. The permitting program ensures that new and existing sources of air pollution abide by a wide range of state and federal air pollution control regulations. The Compliance Program is responsible for ensuring that entities in New Hampshire are in compliance with all air pollution laws, rules and permits. Major activities of the compliance program include on-site inspections, compliance assistance, compliance stack testing, asbestos management and licensing, compiling air emission inventories, and enforcement. The Air Toxics Control Program is designed to promote public health by controlling and regulating releases of toxic air pollutants to the ambient air, thus reducing human exposure to these toxic chemicals. The Atmospheric Science and Analysis Program simulates the flow of air pollution in the atmosphere and is used to predict health and environmental impacts of air pollution from in-state and upwind sources.

ARD operates a network of Air Quality Monitoring Stations throughout the state to measure meteorological parameters and levels of ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, small particle pollution, and other pollutants of concern in the outdoor (ambient) air. ARD uses monitoring and meteorological data, in conjunction with regional modeling results, to forecast daily air quality conditions and issue air quality action days to the public as appropriate.

The Energy/Climate Change Program supports efforts to: reduce energy use and mitigate the causes of climate change through energy efficiency and lower carbon energy alternatives including renewable energy sources; and increase the resiliency of the state’s natural and built environment to impacts of climate change. The staff oversee market-based efforts, such as emission trading programs, to reduce a range of emissions, including greenhouse gases. Staff provide technical support to legislators and assist municipal decision makers gain access to data and technical assistance to be prepared for the impacts of a changing climate. ARD staff work with other organizations across the state to deliver educational workshops on energy efficiency and climate change preparedness.

The Mobile Sources Program is engaged in a number of strategies and control programs to reduce air pollution from mobile sources (e.g., cars, trucks and buses). Many activities are related to regulatory programs, such as vehicle inspection/maintenance programs and land use/transportation planning. The mobile source program also includes numerous voluntary, collaborative pollution prevention initiatives, such as the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition, the Granite State Clean Cars Program, and clean school bus idling campaign.

The Environmental Health Program within ARD protects public health and the quality of life in New Hampshire by investigating, preventing and reducing impacts that may result from exposures to chemical contaminants in the environment. Through data analysis, health risk assessment and health education the public is kept aware of human health risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals.

The DES Air Resources Division maintains an air quality monitoring station atop Pack Monadnock Mountain in southwestern New Hampshire.

Craig Wright, Director
(603) 271-1370
(603) 271-1381 (fax)

NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-3503 | TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 | Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm

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