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Air Pollution Control Division

The Air Pollution Control Division of the Canton City Health Department is one of nine local agencies within the State of Ohio that serves its individual community by providing local management and protection of the area’s outside air quality. The primary purpose of the Air Pollution Control Division is to protect Stark County citizens from the adverse health and welfare impacts of air pollution by attaining and maintaining ambient air quality standards. This is accomplished through monitoring levels of ambient air pollutants, Air Quality Index (AQI), implementation of the State’s industrial permit program and enforcement of state & federal clean air regulations.

The division operates a network of air quality monitoring stations throughout Stark County for the purpose of capturing and analyzing ambient air samples which are representative and indicative of the quality of air to which area residents are exposed.

The Division's work activities include preparing permits for stationary industrial air pollution sources, performing facility inspections for permit compliance, performing complaint investigations, and pursuing enforcement actions for non-compliance. In addition, the division performs similar work activities for state & federal regulations governing the removal, handling and disposal of Asbestos as it relates to renovation and demolition of buildings, emissions of perchloroethylene from dry cleaners, emissions from gasoline stations and vehicle anti-tampering, and Open Burning. Air pollution sources include industrial smoke stacks, industrial equipment, roadways and other areas that generate dust.

Management of the county’s outside air quality is centered around the implementation of the State of Ohio’s air pollution permit system and enforcement of permit compliance. Each potential source of air pollution is required to obtain an approved Ohio air pollution permit. Qualification for a permit requires that a source must demonstrate it is operating in compliance with all rules and not emitting excess air contaminants.

The federal 1990 Clean air Act now requires that major industrial sources (those over 100 tons per year of actual emissions) obtain comprehensive Title V air permits or a Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit (FESOP). Canton APCD currently has 26 Title V and 30 FESOP facilities located in its jurisdiction.

One of the major ways to monitor permit compliance is by performing periodic facility inspections. Many inspections are unannounced to ensure the sources are routinely meeting their permit conditions. The priority and frequency of inspections are dependent on complaints received, the size and type of facility, and the type and severity of the pollution problems. Beginning in 2003, the inspections of these 56 high priority facilities meet the requirements of the new, more comprehensive, federal Compliance Monitoring Strategy. This results in full compliance evaluations being conducted for Title V and other high priority facilities every two years.

Stark county residents receive prompt response to their air-related complaints and questions. Such complaints may concern activities of the private or public sector, i.e., plant emissions or neighborhood open burning. All require a thorough investigation with appropriate corrective actions.

Enforcement results from the discovery of violations of permit terms and/or air regulations. Discovery occurs as a result of inspections, stack tests, compliance reports, surveillance activities, complaint investigations, or emission calculations.

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To report open burning, fugitive dust, odor, or facility emissions, please call (330) 489-3385.

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