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About Us
Board of Directors
Advisory Council
Agency Staff
Key Agency Programs
Fines Collected for Violations
Regulations & Fees

Our Mission:

"Preserve, enhance and protect Spokane County's air resource for current and future generations."

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About Us

For over 50 years the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has been working to improve air quality throughout the Spokane region. Our work includes air quality monitoring; facility and equipment permitting; enforcing federal, state and local clean air requirements; and providing education and outreach programs. Learn about our key programs.   

Our authority was established under the 1967 Washington Clean Air Act (RCW 70.94) and we became fully activated on January 1, 1969. There are currently seven local air agencies established in some portions of our state. 

Where no local air agency is established, or the air agency cannot perform the statutory duties required under Washington law, the Washington State Department of Ecology has this authority to regulate and enforce issues related to air quality.

Our Board of Directors believes that a fully-funded, technically-capable, and locally-controlled air quality agency is necessary to the environmental and economic health of Spokane County.  

Board of Directors

Our five-member Board of Directors establishes the policies and oversees the operations of the agency. 
 

Advisory Council

Our volunteer Advisory Council, with members representing various fields including business, health, science, and industry, provides input to the Director and Board of Directors on air quality programs and agency business.   

Agency Staff

Our professional agency staff provides technical, engineering, compliance, education/outreach, administrative and clerical support. 

Enforcement

We enforce federal, state and local air quality laws to protect communities and to keep our air healthy. Violations of air quality laws put public health and the environment at risk. Compliance and enforcement efforts also level the playing field by deterring violators who might otherwise have an unfair business advantage over environmentally compliant facilities and businesses.

Here is a five year history of civil penalties assessed by our agency. 

Funding

We are funded by a variety of sources, including including state and federal grants, and fees for certain services. Our projected revenue for fiscal year 2020 is $2.4 million dollars. This comes from:
 
Federal & State - State and local clean air agencies are operating with the same federal grant funding level they got 15 years ago - we’re doing a lot more today than we did back then, but monitors, facilities, equipment, and everything else cost more today. 

Local - Our local funding comes from an annual assessment that Spokane County and its cities and towns pay on behalf of their citizens. The assessment is based on a formula outlined in the state’s Clean Air Act. Our Board of Directors believes that a fully-funded, technically-capable, and locally-controlled air quality agency is necessary to the environmental and economic health of Spokane County.   

Links to other Agencies

As a courtesy, here are links to other local public agencies.

3104 E Augusta Ave, Spokane, WA 99207 · (509) 477-4727 · working with you for clean air

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