The Air Quality Division of the Linn County Public Health is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to implement and enforce the mandate of the Clean Air Act and the Air Quality section of the Linn County Code of Ordinances. It is this divisions objective to achieve and maintain such levels of air quality as will protect human health and safety, and to the greatest degree practicable, prevent injury to plant and animal life and property, foster the comfort and convenience of the people, promote social development of Linn County and facilitate the enjoyment of the natural attractions of Linn County Iowa.
These objectives are accomplished through the following activities:
Issue permits for the installation and operation of sources to persons or companies emitting air contaminants.
Perform uniform compliance inspections at industrial and commercial facilities, in accordance with the EPA's Inspection Protocol for Stationary Sources.
Respond to outdoor air quality complaints, including dusty parking lots, excessive industrial emissions, odor complaints, and general outdoor air quality problems.
Maintain a network of continuous monitors for ambient air in Linn County to measure compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.