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Reporting Air Quality Problems?

Air Quality Complaints can now be made through
AQMD's on-line complaint system

PLEASE WATCH THIS AQMD VIDEO TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE AIR QUALITY COMPLAINTS

You can help AQMD protect public health in the South Coast Air Basin by calling 1-800-CUT SMOGŪ (1-800-288-7664) to report your observations of smoking vehicles as well as excessive odors, smoke, dust, or other air contaminants. You can also report air quality complaints (except smoking vehicles) on-line.

What is an air quality complaint?
An air quality complaint is any injury, detriment, nuisance, or annoyance occurring as a result of air contaminants or other materials, including (but not limited to) smoke, dust, or odors.

Why you should report air quality problems?
Many businesses operating in the South Coast Air Basin that are sources of air pollution must comply with AQMD Rules and Regulations, Permits and conditions of operation.  These requirements are designed to protect air quality and public health.  Despite a business's best efforts to comply with these requirements, equipment breakdowns and process upsets do occur.  During these conditions, excess emissions may occur that can affect neighboring communities, schools and other businesses.

Do I have to identify myself when I call AQMD to report an air quality complaint?
AQMD staff encourages people to provide their contact information when reporting air quality complaints about businesses, factories and other stationary sources. This information helps us request or verify complaint details with you if needed, and to inform you of the status of complaint investigation activities. AQMD maintains complainant personal information, such as name, address and telephone number, as confidential, to the extent allowed by state and federal law. Such information may only be released under very limited and unique circumstances, if required by the California Public Records Act or if requested under a subpoena or used in court proceedings.

Interagency complaint referral
AQMD is authorized by law to respond only to air quality complaints within its specific jurisdiction. Complaints which allege problems that fall beyond the jurisdiction of the AQMD and are best resolved by contacting the appropriate agencies.