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                                          Air Quality in Philadelphia
          1962                      2011                              

We all deserve clean air to breathe, and to be free from noise, smoke and other nuisances. 

As the local air pollution control agency, Air Management Services monitors air pollutants and enforces city, state and federal air quality standards.


Air & Noise Concerns »
We inspect, evaluate, and respond to concerns regarding dust, odor, noise, idling, smoke, and vibration nuisances from industrial/commercial facilities and diesel trucks/buses.

Air Monitoring Lab »
We monitor the city's ambient air and analyze samples for pollutants of concern under city, state, and federal air regulations. Data is uploaded to EPA’s database and is available for download.

Air Permitting Forms »
We issue air pollution permits and licenses to install or operate equipment that emits or controls air pollution.

Asbestos Control Unit »
We regulate all asbestos related activities performed in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Diesel Difference »
A public-private partnership aimed at reducing diesel pollution in the greater Philadelphia area.

Public Meetings & Notices »
Opportunities for Philadelphians to stay informed and get involved in air management issues.

Regulations, Requirements and Guidelines
Documents & Reports

Volkswagen Settlement Information
What Can I Do to Improve Air Quality?

In the course of our daily activities, each of us can do some small things that will improve our air quality. Many things that we take for granted have an impact on our air and on our health, including activities such as driving, lawn mowing, house painting, barbecuing and even polishing fingernails. Motor vehicle exhaust creates one-third to one-half of all of the ozone-forming pollution found in the world today. If you want to make a big impact on the environment, here are some tips:

  • Keep your car's engine tuned up. It will run better and emit less pollution.
  • Use a car or vanpool, mass transit, bicycle, or walk whenever you can.
  • When you do need to drive, plan ahead so you don't make extra trips.
  • Try to park in a central spot so you can walk to each of your errands.
  • Stay within the speed limit - cars emit less pollution at 55 mph than at higher speeds.
  • Lower the thermostat in winter and raise it in summer.
  • Use fuel efficient vehicles.
  • Use electric mowers, blowers and trimmers instead of gas.
  • Do not top off the gas tank.