Air Pollution Control — is primarily responsible for overseeing the four facilities that generate electricity from fossil fuels in Clark County; inspecting regulated facilities located outside of Clark County; and providing technical assistance when appropriate. This branch does not process new applications; monitor ambient air quality; or implement the motor vehicle inspection program. Complaints about SMOG stations are sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and questions about Inspection and Maintenance Emission Standards are referred to the Bureau of Air Quality in the Carson City office.
The Air Pollution Control Division of the Clark County is responsible for all other air quality issues in the county.
Corrective Actions Branch — provides technical assistance to owners/operators and other interested parties on projects involving surface or subsurface discharges, the underground storage tank (UST) program and/or environmental restoration. This branch also oversees cleanup activities and uses its enforcement capabilities when necessary to accomplish program goals.
The Southern Nevada Health District is under contract to the NDEP to conduct inspections and to oversee compliance issues and the removal of tanks that have not leaked. Leaks and spills are handled by the NDEP's Las Vegas Corrective Actions Branch. The Southern Nevada Health District also manages the registration of underground tanks and the enrollment of tanks in the state petroleum reimbursement fund. Registration and enrollments information is sent by the county to the Bureau of Corrective Actions in Carson City.
The Bureau of Federal Facilities, which is located in the Las Vegas Office — monitors activities at the Department of Energy (DOE) facilities, except those activities at Yucca Mountain. Staff oversees, reviews and inspects activities involving waste, hazardous waste, water pollution control and low level and mixed radioactive waste. They also prepare permits for all non-hazardous solid waste or domestic waste landfills and oversee the underground storage tank program for all affective federal facilities.
The Waste Management Branch — performs a variety of tasks including responding to complaints involving the illegal management or discharge of a regulated substance, including a hazardous waste; and conducting compliance inspections at regulated facilities, including those classified as large quantity generators. The Las Vegas office does not review permit applications to establish a hazardous waste treatment facility.
The Water Pollution Control Branch — inspects and monitors stormwater systems for the Las Vegas Valley for compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits. Among other activities, this branch also reviews subdivision maps; oversees and monitors operations of publicly owned and privately owned treatment works; reviews and approves plans, specification, operation and maintenance manuals and change orders for treatment works.
The office also eviews and approves effluent management plans for secondary water use; and reviews and develops wastewater or industrial discharge permits for any treatment works.
The Safe Drinking Water Branch ÿ protects the public health of the citizens, tourists and visitors to the State by assuring that the public water systems provide safe and reliable drinking water. Nevada Revised Statute 445A.800 states, "It is the policy of this state to provide for water which is suited for drinking and other domestic purposes and thereby promote the public health and welfare." Nevada's Safe Drinking Water Program dates back many years and continues to strive to accomplish its mission.