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The Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency is one of three local programs in North Carolina. The Agency enforces Air Quality regulations in Buncombe County and the City of Asheville. Regulations cover everything from open burning to asbestos demolition, as well as industrial facilities.

AB Air Quality is responsible for regulating all stationary and area sources of air pollution in Buncombe County and the city of Asheville. Regulatory activities include permitting, compliance inspections, and enforcement proceedings. Stationary sources are categorized into three groups: Title V facilities, synthetic minor facilities, and small facilities.

Other facilities that are regulated by AB Air Quality include gas stations and dry cleaners. Gas stations are regulated through the Stage I Vapor Recovery program, and Dry Cleaners are monitored and inspected annually.

AB Air Quality also has an air monitoring program that measures ozone and particulate matter in the county. The Agency is overseen by an independent board of five members, of which three are appointed by the Buncombe County Commission, and two by the Asheville City Council.

There is one ozone monitor and three PM2.5 monitors that are operated in accordance with EPA requirements. Air Monitoring is an important part of protecting the health of the residents of Western North Carolina.

Board & Schedule

Table: Boards & Commissions
DescriptionThe Air Quality Board's primary responsibility is to govern the overall operations of the Agency, including approval of industrial permits, oversight of the Agency budget, and final judgment on appealed Notices of Violation. In order to accomplish these duties, the Air Quality Board meets bi-monthly and at other times as warranted.
Term Length6
Number of Terms10

Board Members

Table: Air Quality Board
Name Appointment End of Term
Ned Guttman Buncombe County 7/1/2028
Joel Storrow - Chair City of Asheville 7/1/2028
Karl Koon - Vice Chair Buncombe County 7/1/2026
Evan Couzo City of Asheville 7/1/2026
Garry Whisnant Buncombe County 11/1/2026

Air Quality Meeting Schedule

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee
Description The primary role of the committee is to provide any needed or requested assistance to the Agency or the Board. This includes, but is not limited to the following: Assist and promote the work of the Agency and Board, assist with reviewing materials to be released to the press or included on the website, draft editorial letters, etc. when needed, research specific projects and make recommendations at the request of the Board and/or Agency, provide technical information within the expertise of committee members, help gauge public reaction to proposed new regulations and programs.
Term Length4
Number of TermsNA
Meeting Date3rd Thursday of every other Month Feb/April/June/Aug/Oct/Dec
Meeting Time4:00 p.m.
Meeting LocationVirtual

Archived Agendas & Minutes

Annual Reports

Locate & Contact

Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency Advisory Board


Air Quality
Main Line
P: (828) 250-6777
F: (828) 250-6222

Open Burning Hotline
P: (828) 250-6767

Asheville-Buncombe Air Quality Agency
30 Valley Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2749
Asheville, NC 28802


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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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