Environmental Assistance and Protection
The goals of the Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection and the Environmental
Assistance and Protection Board are to protect public health and the environment
of Forsyth County by minimizing the impacts of environmental contaminants, educating
the public about pollution prevention and promoting conservation of natural resources
in the community.
Our Triad Air Awareness Program partners with local & State DOTs, PART & the local
community to spread the word about Air Quality.
We model emissions & monitor the air to determine health effects & conformity with
the Natl. Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Code Green, Yellow, Orange, Red or Purple - Our team of trained meteorologists forecast
the air pollution levels you hear daily.
Permits, inspections, and compliance assistance helps businesses comply with the
Clean Air Act and local air quality regulations.
Registration, Inspections & compliance assistance helps small businesses meet Natl.
Emissions Standards for hazardous air pollutants.
We permit, inspect and enforce the rules governing the removal of asbestos and the
demolition of buildings.
We inspect garbage and recycling collection trucks.
The Environmental Assistance & Protection staff responds to your complaints about
open burning, odors, and pollution in streams.
The “Triad Haze Cam” shows haze resulting from air pollution in the Triad area.
Environmental Assistance & Protection has won many state and national awards for
its air quality programs.
The Office of Environmental Assistance & Protection is here to assist you in solving
your environmental problems.
The Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection was established in 1968 at
the request of local industry. Originally formed as the Air Pollution Control Department
to deal with such issues as air quality monitoring, permitting, open burning, and
visible emissions, the name was changed to Environmental Affairs in 1974 to more
accurately portray its involvement in the protection of land and water as well as
air quality. In 1976, the Environmental Affairs Board was established for the purpose
of advising the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and assisting the Department
with topics related to environmental management. In 2011, the name was changed to
the Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection to reflect reorganization
that included merging with the Community Hygiene section, formerly part of the Environmental
Health Division of the Public Health Department.
Environmental Assistance and Protection News
Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new national standard for ground
level ozone. The Clean Air Act requires the US EPA to set national ambient air quality standards
(NAAQS) for ozone and five other criteria pollutants proven to be harmful to public health and the
environment. The US EPA is also required to review the standards every five years to ensure that they
provide adequate protection and to update the standards if necessary.