Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

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Bureau of Air Pollution Control

The mission of the Bureau of Air Pollution Control (BAPC) is to achieve and maintain levels of air quality which will protect human health and safety, prevent injury to plant and animal life, prevent damage to property, and preserve visibility and the scenic, esthetic and historic values of the State.

This mission is accomplished through reasonable, fair and consistent implementation of state and federal air quality rules and regulations. The authority for BAPC to implement air pollution control requirements has been established in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 445B.100 through 445B.825, inclusive, and NRS 486A.010 through 486A.180, inclusive.

The BAPC has jurisdiction of air quality programs over all counties in the State except for Washoe and Clark Counties. These counties have their own distinct Air Quality jurisdictions with the BAPC retaining jurisdiction of (only) fossil fuel-fired units that generate steam for electrical production.

Bureau of Air Quality Planning

It is the mission of the Bureau of Air Quality Planning (BAQP) to protect and enhance the environment in order to sustain healthy ecosystems and contribute to a vibrant economy. Our mission is accomplished through reasonable, fair, and consistent implementation of State and Federal air quality rules and regulations, with emphasis on objective and impartial responsiveness to the needs of a growing population and industrial base.

Bureau of Mining Regulation & Reclamation

The Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation (BMRR), in cooperation with other state, federal and local agencies, regulates mining activities in Nevada under regulations adopted in 1989. The Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 445A.350-NAC 445A.447 and (NAC) 519A.010 - NAC 519A.415 were developed to implement the requirements of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 445A.300-NRS 445A.730 and (NRS) 519A.010 - NRS 519A.290.

Bureau of Safe Drinking Water

The mission of the Bureau of Safe Drinking Water is to protect 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.

Bureau of Water Pollution Control

The Bureau of Water Pollution Control (BWPC) protects the waters of the State from the discharge of pollutants by issuing discharge permits; these permits define the quality of the discharge necessary to protect the quality of the waters of the State. In the administration of state's water pollution control laws & regulations, staff also providing technical and financial assistance to permitt holders and dischargers.

Bureau of Water Quality Planning

The Bureau of Water Quality Planning (BWQP) is responsible for several water quality protection functions which include collecting and analyzing water data, developing standards for surface waters, publishing informational reports, providing water quality education and implementing programs to address surface water quality.

BWQP Programs / Branches:

  • The Water Quality Standards Branch — is responsible for developing and reviewing water quality standards; determining total maximum daily loads and wasteload allocations from point sources; and determining load allocations from nonpoint sources.
  • The Monitoring Branch — is responsible for the State's water quality monitoring program. This branch maintains and updates water quality data for the national water quality data base (Water Quality Exchange Network - WQX) and is responsible for preparation of Nevada's Water Quality Assessment Report which is required under Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
  • The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Management Program — is the lead agency for controlling nonpoint sources of pollution in Nevada. Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution results from a variety of diffuse and dispersed human activities.
  • The Lake Tahoe Watershed Program — is the NDEP program collaborating with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region (Lahontan Water Board) to protect Lake Tahoe as a water of extraordinary aesthetic or ecologic value.

Bureau of Waste Management

The Bureau of Waste Management (BWM) operates permitting and compliance programs to ensure the safe management of solid and hazardous waste; the bureau also promotes waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. BWM is composed of the hazardous waste and solid waste branches as well as the agency's recycling program.


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Branch Supervisor

Birgit Widegren


NPDES Permitting Contact

Cliff Lawson


Clean Air Act Permitting Process Supervisor

Jon McRae


RCRA Facilities Branch Contact

Mike Leigh

Burea of Corrective Action Contact

Greg Levato


Bureau of Waste Management SW Branch Supervisor

Jim Trent


Groundwater and Information Services Branch Supervisor

My-Lynh Nguyen