New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Air Quality Bureau

Civil Penalty Policy

Alert Notices Here …

The Air Quality Bureau Enforcement Section assures the return to compliance with federal and state regulations and permit conditions by identifying corrective actions that a facility must take. The Enforcement Section calculates penalties for violations in accordance with the Air Quality Bureau’s Civil Penalty Policy. 

  • The section conducts meetings with sources to negotiate settlements, and oversees each facility’s return to compliance. 
  • Cases not resolved by the Enforcement Section are referred to the Office of General Counsel (OGC) for further handling, either by an Administrative Compliance Order or formal complaint in district court.

One of the objectives of the Air Quality Bureau’s Civil Penalty Policy is to ensure fair and consistent determination of civil penalties in enforcement actions.   Download a copy of the Civil Penalty Policy.

Click here to download the Civil Penalty Policy’s Appendix D: Voluntary Environmental Self-Evaluation Policy.

New Mexico Environment Department Announces Air Quality Compliance Assistance Policy and Assessment Program for Small Businesses

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is pleased to announce that the Air Quality Bureau (AQB) has finalized a Small Business Compliance Assistance Policy and developed a compliance assessment program for New Mexico small businesses, except for those located in Bernalillo County or on tribal lands. The program offers free assistance to small businesses who want help in discovering air quality permit violations. The program allows for a small business to voluntarily disclose the violation(s) to the Air Quality Bureau and correct them within a specified timeframe with help from the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program. Small businesses in Bernalillo County should contact the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Division. On tribal lands, small businesses should either contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the tribe directly.


For more information on this program contact the NMED Air Quality Bureau Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, please go to our website at /air-quality/small-biz-eap-2/ or call us at (505) 222-9583. 

Click here to download a copy of the NMED AQB Small Business Compliance Assistance Policy.