A Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division

About Us

The Air Protection Branch is part of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), an environmental regulatory agency within state government.  The work we do protects Georgia's air quality by regulating air pollution from factories, power plants, and vehicles.  We also measure air quality throughout our state to make sure Georgia meets all the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). 

Our responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring Air Quality Statewide
  • Permitting Stationary Sources (Such as Factories and Power Plants)
  • Licensing Users of Radioactive Materials
  • Inspecting Sources Permitted and Licensed by the Branch
  • Auditing and Reviewing Stack Tests for Some Sources Permitted by the Branch
  • Overseeing the Georgia Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program
  • Providing Assistance to Small Businesses
  • Developing State Air Quality Rules and State Implementation Plans (SIPs)
  • Modeling and Emission Inventory Development
  • Fee Collection and Financial Management

We are divided into six Programs.