Rules on air pollution in Boston
The Air Pollution Control Commission protects residents against several forms of air contaminants that:
- cause a nuisance
- are harmful to people, animals, vegetation, or property
- unreasonably affect residents’ right to enjoy life or conduct business.
- the burning of coal, residual fuel oil, distillate fuel oil and gas
- the density of smoke particulates that can be produced
- the use of abrasive blasting and chemicals to clean buildings
- the open burning of material (contact the Fire Department to see if it's legal)
- the dust and noise from construction sites and other sources
- exhaust from idling vehicles, and
- the parking freeze initiative.
We work with state and federal agencies to improve air quality in New England. We do this by enforcing ordinances, giving permits, and holding public hearings.