The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) is responsible for enforcing federal, state and local outdoor air quality standards and regulations in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties of southwest Washington state. Our mission is to preserve and enhance air quality in southwest Washington.

(Outdoor burning is permanently banned in all urban growth areas)
Clark County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Cowlitz County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Lewis County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Skamania County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 
Wahkiakum County  No Burn Ban is in Effect   More Info 


New Climate Report Offers Summary of Climate Science

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - A group of U.S. and United Kingdom scientists has released a new non-technical report presenting the latest climate research for policy makers, educators and the interested public.

The report is intended to serve as a generally accessible guide to the more technical and specialized scientific research underlying the climate change debate. Summaries of well-settled climate issues are included alongside areas that are more uncertain. For example, the authors point to the strong scientific consensus that human-caused climate change is occurring, but note that the correlation between climate change and extreme weather as well as the likely extent of future sea-level rise are both less well understood at this time.

The report, entitled Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, was authored jointly by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.K. Royal Society can be read by clicking here.

SWCAA Woodstove Replacement Program

Saturday, June 01, 2013 - Woodstove Replacement Program now includes Vancouver Urban Growth Boundary!!!

Check it out today. Click here Woodstove Program for details.


EPA's 2012 Toxics Release Inventory Shows Air Pollutants Continue to Decline

Monday, March 24, 2014 - The total release of toxic chemicals decreased 12 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report. The decrease includes an eight percent decline in total toxic air releases, primarily due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions.

The annual TRI report provides citizens with critical information about their communities. The TRI Program collects data on certain toxic chemical releases to the air, water, and land, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities by facilities across the country. The data are submitted annually to EPA, states, and tribes by facilities in industry sectors such as manufacturing, metal mining, electric utilities, and commercial hazardous waste. Many of the releases from facilities that are subject to TRI reporting are regulated under other EPA program requirements designed to limit harm to human health and the environment.

This year's TRI national analysis report includes new analyses and interactive maps for each U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan area, new information about industry efforts to reduce pollution through green chemistry and other pollution prevention practices, and a new feature about chemical use in consumer products.

More information on the 2012 TRI analysis, including metropolitan and micropolitan areas is available at EPA 2012 TRI National Analysis


Get Ready for Earth Day - April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more - all on behalf of the environment.

Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world's population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.

Stay tuned for information on how you can get involved in your community.

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