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.
Our five-member Board of Directors establishes the policies and oversees the operations of the agency.
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.
Our professional agency staff provides technical, engineering, compliance, education/outreach, administrative and clerical support.
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.
As a courtesy, here are links to other local public agencies.