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New Pollution Sources
New sources are also discovered every year that require some degree of control to protect public health. Inspectors are constantly on the alert for air pollution sources in the county that may have been previously overlooked. Some of these are also found as a result of complaints filed by citizens.

Regulations require air pollution source operators to test their stack emissions on an annual basis at their expense, and we try to monitor as many of these tests as possible. Our engineers insure that the proper test procedures are followed and that all test equipment is properly calibrated. Once these tests are complete, the source owner submits a complete test report that is reviewed by the compliance engineering staff.

Industrial Pollution Sources
In addition, the Air Compliance Section is also responsible for quantifying Hillsborough County’s industrial source criteria pollutants on an annual basis. Criteria pollutants are identified as particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The results of this compilation are used for air pollution modeling, tracking air pollutants emission trends, and developing effective control strategies.