Air Division

Cindy Charles, Director
740.354.5156
cindy.charles@epa.ohio.gov

Anne Chamberlin, Permit Specialist
Matt Freeman, Permit Specialist
Robert McCann, Engineering Technician
Darrell Pennington, Instrument Technician
Carla Shultz, Administrative Secretary/Fiscal Officer

The Air Division, or the Portsmouth Local Air Agency (PLAA), works as a contractual representative of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The PLAA monitors the compliance status of the businesses and industries with air pollution sources in the four-county region (Adams, Scioto, Lawrence, Brown, and Highland).
Additionally, the PLAA prepares permits, conducts facility inspections and reviews quarterly deviation and excess emission reports, observes source stack tests, reviews and issues or denies permission to open burn, monitors asbestos removal activities, initiates enforcement actions and responds to air quality complaints.

The PLAA also maintains continuous and intermittent monitors measuring pollutants on a daily basis throughout its four-county area in Southern Ohio. The PLAA performs anti-tampering (vehicle
emission control devices) inspections and observes and validates stack (source) testing that occurs in the four-county area.