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Air Quality program

The Air Quality section includes the Air Pollution Control Registration program and other services that include operating and maintaining 25 air monitors that measure ozone and other air pollutants on a continual basis as required by Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).

The Air Pollution Control Registration program provides registration and educational consultations to large and small businesses to help reduce overall ozone levels and other air pollutants in the San Antonio community.  The program identifies businesses that emit air pollution and works with them on possible steps to lower emissions and improve air quality.  This program also responds to air quality complaints from residents and works with businesses to address those concerns.  Depending on the nature of the concern, the program will coordinate with state and local agencies. 

  • For new businesses needing to make their registration payment:

    • Call 210.207.8732 to set up an account
    • If no answer, leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24-48 hours.
    • Without an account, you are unable to make a payment over the phone or in person. 
    • To make a payment over the phone, send registration paperwork to APCCustomerSupport@sanantonio.gov
    • To mail your payment, send it to City of San Antonio, Financial Services Division, Revenue Collections P.O. Box 839975 San Antonio, TX 78283-3975

    For renewing accounts that received an invoice in the mail:

    • To make a payment over the phone call the Finance Department at 210.207.8667.
    • To mail your payment, send it to City of San Antonio, Financial Services Division, Revenue Collections P.O. Box 839975 San Antonio, TX 78283-3975

AIR POLLUTION CONTROL PROGRAM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT

 

The City’s Air Pollution Control Program (Ordinance 2015-11-19-0967) requires a business facility located within the City that is a source of air pollution to register with the Health department. A registration fee of two hundred dollars per year is required for each facility. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or cause to be operated any business facility unless there is current registration for the facility. A Health Inspector must be contacted to schedule an on-site inspection. The inspection can be scheduled in conjunction with a Certificate of Occupancy inspection by contacting: John Oates (210) 774-1057 or Kyle Cunningham (210) 207-4052.

What are the City ordinances governing air pollution?

Air pollution is covered in Chapter 26 “Pollution Control,” Article II, click here to see the link.

City Ordinance 2015-11-19-0967 (Sec. 26-16). Definitions:

Facility means a business location with one or more discrete or identifiable structure, device, item, equipment, or enclosure that constitutes or contains a stationary source, including appurtenances other than emission control equipment. A mine, quarry, well test, or road is not considered to be a facility.

Air contaminant means particulate matter, radioactive material, dust, fumes, gas, mist, smoke, vapor, odor, including any combination of those items, produced by processes other than natural.

Air pollution means the presence in the atmosphere of one or more air contaminants or combination of air contaminants in such concentration and of such duration that: (A) are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property; or (B) interfere with the normal use or enjoyment of animal life, vegetation, or property.

Examples of facilities required to register include but are not limited to the following: NOTE: Refer to the following link for Industry Specific Permits By Rule (PBR):  https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assistance/air/industrypbrs.html

 

Aggregate Production Operations

Dry Cleaning

Printing Presses (media & garments)

Auto Body

Fleet Maintenance

Surface Coating

Auto Repair

Foundries

Thermoset Resin/Cultured Marble Facilities

Auto Salvage

Metal Finishers

Wood Products Manufacturing

Concrete Batch Plants

Oil and Gas Facilities

Salvage Yard/Metal Recycling/incinerator

 

Q & A About the Air quality Program

1. Why is the City charging my business this fee?

On October 1, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. The City of San Antonio has exceeded the federal standard for ozone, as a result The EPA declared the San Antonio area in nonattainment for ozone.  If within the next three years ozone levels continue to exceed the federal standard, stricter sanctions may be imposed upon businesses. Through registration the City of San Antonio will begin to identify local sources of ozone components, survey and understand how to develop possible steps to lower emissions and improve air quality for residents.

2. What is this fee going to do for the community?

Through this registration fee the City of San Antonio will begin to identify local sources of ozone components, survey and understand how to develop possible steps to lower emissions which will benefit resident and worker health and potentially save money for the businesses.

3. Why is this change taking place now?

The City of San Antonio’s Air Pollution ordinance was added to the City Code in 1959 and was very out of date. It did not reference the Texas Clean Air Act. The updated Air Pollution ordinance passed by City Council November 19, 2015 adopts rules and regulations of the Texas Clean Air Act, Chapter 382 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. This is current state law not additional rules and regulations for business.

4. Why are some businesses not required to register?

This ordinance requires business facilities that have air pollution emissions to register with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (SAMHD). The fee is the same for all businesses with air pollution emissions.

5. What else should I know about the impact my business has on our air quality?

In order to be a good neighbor it is important to know the impact your business has on air quality. Also, for worker safety and to be compliant with laws and regulations that are requirements of operating a business it is important to know the impact a business has on air quality.

6. How will this new program help San Antonio?

Registration will provide information that Metro Health can use in determining strategies to lower ozone levels and other air pollutants so that it can work with businesses in San Antonio to lower emissions. Through registration the City of San Antonio will begin to identify local sources of ozone components, survey and understand how to develop possible steps to lower emissions and improve air quality for residents. This new program will help San Antonio take proactive steps to lower ozone levels and may help San Antonio avoid a nonattainment designation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

7. Can you tell me more about the Air Quality program? 

 

The Air Quality Program, through a contract with the TCEQ, operates and maintains air pollution monitors at multiple sites throughout the San Antonio area.
Monitored pollutants include ozone, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter (PM), which are criteria air pollutants whose limits have been set by the EPA in the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Site photos, meta-data, and links to current measurements to the data being collected are available to the public through the GEOTAM website, maintained by the TCEQ. For continuous monitors (including ozone, NOx, SO2, and PM), data is automatically uploaded from the sites every 15 minutes to the Texas Air Monitoring Information System (TAMIS) which is available to SAMHD and the public through the TCEQ air pollution web pages. This data is also automatically uploaded to the EPA Air Now System, which is also available to the public.
There are four PM monitors for which SAMHD review and validate the data. Once finalized, the data is submitted via email to the TCEQ Data Management Section. For the rest of the monitors, TCEQ staff members review and validate the data. Once complete, all data is uploaded to the EPA Air Quality System (AQS) database by the TCEQ Data Management Section and is available to all members of the public.
The collected data is used in a variety of analyses, at the state and federal levels. The TCEQ has a daily air quality index report available through its website. Monitoring data is used to determine attainment with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which are set by the CAA, and is used by both state and federal authorities to make regulatory decisions. Using a variety of tools, including trend-line analysis and modeling, the monitoring network is reviewed by TCEQ every five years to ensure compliance with regulations and emerging pollution trends.


 

Updated Air Quality Ordinance

In 2015 the San Antonio City Council passed ordinance #2015-­­­­11-19-0967 requiring business facilities with air pollution emissions to register with Metro Health and pay an annual registration fee of $200.00 per facility.  This registration process will help identify local sources of ozone components and develop steps to lower emissions and improve air quality for residents. Below you can find the registration form, a copy of the ordinance and a helpful Q&A.

You can Help prevent ozone pollution

  • Share a ride
  • Take the bus
  • Walk or ride a bike
  • Avoid drive through lanes, if eating out.
  • Wait until after 6:00 PM to fill your car with gas or mow the lawn.

Contact the Program

Program-related questions: 210.207.4052
Payment-related questions: 210.207.8732