Division of Air Quality

The Division of Air Quality consists of programs responsible for protecting the State's air quality resources and for ensuring the control of radiation. Staff scientists, engineers, technicians, and meteorologists also provide technical assistance during environmental matters and emergency response efforts.


Our Mission

The mission of the North Dakota Department of Health is to protect and enhance the health and safety of all North Dakotan's and the environment in which we live.

To accomplish our mission, the North Dakota Department of Health is committed to improving the health status of the people of North Dakota, improving access to and delivery of quality health care, preserving and improving the quality of the environment, promoting a state of emergency readiness and response, and achieving strategic outcomes within available resources.

Environmental Health Section and EPA Vision Statement

The North Dakota Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are committed to protecting and enhancing North Dakota's public health and the environment.

Our Core Values

  • We are public servants employed on behalf of the citizens of the state of North Dakota and dedicated to serving them by protecting public health and the environment.
  • Our decisions are based upon strong science and applicable law.
  • We do not let process get in the way of results.
  • We believe economic development can be compatible with protection of public health and the environment.
  • We promote the conservation and recycling of our limited resources.
  • We believe there can be more than one answer to any challenge; we strive to find the optimum solution.
  • We prioritize transparency in our actions, accountability for our decisions, consideration of all concerns, and clear and consistent communication.
  • We will be accessible and provide timely response to the public.
  • We encourage the building of partnerships.

We Value

  • Excellence in providing services to the citizens of North Dakota.
  • Credibility in providing accurate information and appropriate services.
  • Respect for our employees, our coworkers, our stakeholders and the public.
  • Creativity in developing solutions to address our strategic initiatives.
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in achieving strategic outcomes.

Outdoor Air Quality Program

The Outdoor Air Quality Program is responsible for protecting and fostering the State's air quality resources. This program promotes clean air activities and initiates enforcement actions to correct air pollution problems.

Program staff members' primary responsibilities include:


Radiation and Indoor Air Programs

The Radiation Control Program performs and monitors the development and use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation sources to protect the health and safety of North Dakotan's and the environment. The Indoor Air Program involves the evaluation and mitigation of Asbestos, Radon, Lead-Based Paint, and other Indoor Air Quality concerns as well as implementing a public awareness and education program concerning these health risks.


Division Goals and Accomplishments

  • Maintain attainment status for all State and National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

  • Comply with all federal program requirements and maintain federal delegation responsibility for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs.

  • Responsible for North Dakota being one of only a handful of states that consistently meets all Federal Ambient Air Quality standards.

  • Evaluate approximately 75-100 applications annually for construction permits (PTCs) to determine their effects on air quality.

  • Respond to and/or assist in the mitigation of environmental emergencies.

  • Enact and implement medical X-ray operator training requirements for non-registered technologists.

  • Oversee EPA grants for replacing older diesel school buses with funds for new clean diesel buses or retrofit technology.
  • Play an active role in distributing environmental information to the public and providing public education and outreach by holding public information meetings, scheduling discussion sessions with local public health units and participating in college and other agency seminars directed at providing education to the public on a variety of environmental issues.

  • Conduct education and outreach activities to keep the public informed about environmental issues specific to air and radiation.

  • Ensure industry is operating in compliance with all air quality rules and regulations.

  • Provide responses to indoor air quality concerns by direct intervention and assistance to local public health personnel.

  • Coordinate training programs to improve radiation technology education for facilities that offer such services to the public.

Last Updated: 10/10/2016

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