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Air Program
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) contracts with the Passaic County Department of Health to conduct environmental programs. Facilities are inspected on a routine basis to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. The Health Department responds to all complaints of an environmental nature.

The Health Department encourages businesses to have an awareness of environmental regulations before starting their operations. Many times a business will start operating not realizing they are creating pollution to their neighbors (i.e. noise from exhaust fan).

Violations do result in an enforcement conference and penalty assessment.

The NJDEP also requires permits for certain equipment such as vapor return at gas stations, boilers and emergency generators with an input of one million btu/hr or greater, dry cleaning equipment, underground storage tanks, woodworking and other types of equipment.

The NJDEP web site, http://www.state.nj.us/dep/aqpp provides online applications for permits.

Some Examples of Pollution
  • An odor from a facility (even a cooking odor)
  • Open burning of rubbish
  • Smoke from a boiler stack
  • Smoke from a manufacturing source
  • Smoke from an emergency generator
  • Noise (from exhaust fans, air conditioners, etc.)
  • Discharge off the facility
  • Solid waste stored on the site
  • Particulates blowing off a storage pile
  • Idling of vehicles

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Passaic County Health Department
18 Clark Street
Paterson, NJ 07505

Charlene W. Gungil
Health Officer & Director
Phone: 973-881-4396
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