DEQ is accepting public comments on our draft Planning Period 2 Regional Haze State Implementation Plan from June 1, 2022, through July 1, 2022. DEQ will also hold a public hearing on Friday, July 1, 2022, from 9a to 11a. For details, view the public notice and Planning Period 2 draft plan on our Regional Haze page 
DEQ is announcing the deployment of the Lead-Based Paint (LBP) electronic form submittal system for LBP and RRP contractors. For more information, visit the Air Forms page
New permitting guidance available to determine the following:
  • Tier I Public Notice Implementation guidance for permitting under the new Tier I public notice requirements, effective September 15, 2021.
  • Representative Sampling: representativeness of sampling used to calculate emissions from oil and gas facilities. Form 100-702 is now required for all oil and gas permit applications.
  • Effluent Water Separator: if a storage vessel qualifies as a vessel operating as an effluent water separator or if the vessel is simply a storage tank.
  • Produced Water: for tanks storing produced water and condensate/oil, updated emission calculation requirements for applications submitted on or after April 15, 2021.
View Guidance and Learn More
With funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement, DEQ has developed several new programs to promote healthier air quality across the state. Learn More about Volkswagen Settlement
In order to facilitate social distancing measures during this time and support industry in their continued compliance with environmental permitting and reporting requirements, AQD is encouraging our industry partners to submit permit applications, annual and semiannual reporting, and any questions through email to the permitting and compliance staff through the following contacts:

Permitting: Richard Kienlen and Phillip Fielder      Compliance: Compliance and Enforcement

What is Air Quality?

The amount of pollution in the air from all sources – natural and human – defines the quality of the air we breathe. Air pollution isn’t limited to our cities; it can blow into any part of Oklahoma from neighboring states.

Bad air quality can affect everybody’s health. It can have direct effects on the lungs, and it can worsen an existing condition, such as asthma. Some people are more sensitive to air pollution than others. These include young children who are growing rapidly and older adults who have reduced immune systems.

Poor public health also incurs economic costs for society, e.g., increased healthcare costs and loss of working days. A clean environment makes Oklahoma an attractive place to live, work and play: something we can all be proud of.

What does the Air Quality Division do?

The Air Quality Division operates various programs to carry out DEQ’s regulatory duties under state and federal law.

Air Monitoring

Measures the ambient (outdoor) air quality across Oklahoma

Air quality forecasts, alerts, and health advisories

Air Toxics

Air Permits

Issues permits to companies with facilities that produce air pollutant emissions

Emissions Inventory

Collects data about emissions released into the air from all Oklahoma sources

Compliance & Enforcement

Inspects air pollution sources based on permits and potential violations


Lead-Based Paint

Certification and accreditation program

Rules & Planning

Reviews and proposes rule changes to the Air Quality Advisory Council

Researches and develops regulatory strategies