Local affiliate of the Ohio EPA and Summit County Public Health: Serving Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties of Ohio


Akron Regional Air Quality Management District





Air Quality Index


  Ambient (AAQ)

   Indoor (IAQ)

Air Pollutants

  Fugitive Dust

  PM 2.5

  PM 10



  Sulfur Dioxide



  Source Types


Open Burning




Climate Change








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Mission Statement

The mission of the Akron Regional Air Quality Management District (ARAQMD) is to protect the public from the adverse health impacts of air pollutants and to educate the public about air quality issues.



ARAQMD officially began as a division of the Akron Health Department on January 1, 1965. In January 1971 the operation of the department became county-wide after signing an agreement with the Summit County General Health District. This county-wide monitoring encompassed the counties of Summit, Medina, and Portage. Later in 1971, ARAQMD became a local affiliate of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) charged with enforcement of the air pollution control regulations for the state of Ohio.

Downtown Akron



ARAQMD has three primary air quality focal points: engineering, enforcement, and monitoring.  The engineering section regulates industrial and commercial air pollution sources for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations governing air emissions. It is this sectors responsibility to grant pollution permits related to installation and operations. Although permitting is a large focus of this sector it is also the duty of the engineering sector to inspect air pollution sources and facilities to evaluate and observe compliance or conduct stack testing of significant air pollution sources.

The enforcement aspect of ARAQMD is charged with responding to complaints of odor, dust, and open burning. It is also our responsibility to regulate gas dispensing facilities (GDFs) to ensure compliance with air quality standards. Routine patrols of Summit, Medina, and Portage counties are undertaken to assure both public and private sector air quality compliance. Any violation obtained via patrol or contact is documented for possible local and/or state enforcement. 


Monitoring of air quality is another primary focus at ARAQMD. Our monitoring sector is charged with collecting continuous and intermittent air quality results through the use of various monitoring instruments. Air Quality is based off of the measurement of the ambient air concentrations for four U.S. EPA criteria pollutants: carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5). With these measurements an Air Quality Index (AQI) is created twice daily at 8am and 4pm. It is the responsibility of the monitoring sector to analyze not only ambient air quality (AAQ, outdoor air quality) related to AQI but also in relation to pollen counts. Another type of monitoring that occurs relates to select cases of indoor air quality (IAQ).Types of IAQ concerns relate to presence of mold, dust, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. House calls are rare and testing is done by individuals not ARAQMD. Before a representative from ARAQMD will follow up a complaint in the private sector it is first necessary to receive it from a chain of command, i.e. if there is mold in a school and a teacher is concerned, before ARAQMD will arrive to assess the situation a principal or higher staff needs to request it.



What's New in AQ

A recent national news story regarding laminate flooring sold by a retailer with a presence in NE Ohio, we'd like to provide a few useful links for people to get information regarding formaldehyde off-gassing and what you can do to minimize exposure.





And to see if your flooring from this retailer was among those samples test:



While we have to regulations to enforce in the matter, we are happy to provide as much information as we can to those with concerns.

US EPA Makes Announcement About Ozone Standard - Click here for link to NBC News Article.

We've MOVED!!

After 20 years in our facility at the 

CitiCenter Bldg in downtown Akron, 

we are now located at:


Fairway Center

1867 W Market St

Akron, OH 44313


Our contact information has remained the same. 

Please contact us at 330.375.2480 with any questions.


ARAQMD 2014-2017 Strategic Plan

NEW & Decommissioned 

Gas Dispensing Facility Guidance 

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Latest Air You Breathe newsletter

ARAQMD Contact List 

w/ Phone & Email - Updated October 2014

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

Local Fees

updated Jan 2013



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1867 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44313
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Local: 330-375-2480

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