We're Nevada's deciding body for rules, actions, and programs that affect the quality of the environment
Since its creation in 1973 by the Nevada Legislature, the State Environmental Commission has overseen rules designed to protect Nevada’s air, land, and water. We work like a judiciary for the environment and the communities it supports. Agencies, organizations, and individuals confer with us on rules and government actions. We then make evidence-based decisions to make sure Nevada's environmental laws are realized without fail and that decisions made by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) follow the law.
1. We Make Rules
Environmental regulations define how state programs approach their mission to protect the environment. We review and vote on “regulatory petitions” created by NDEP. They often concern items such as pollution standards, environmental permits, or how federal rules apply to Nevada.
2. We Hear Appeals
Appeals give the public a chance to revisit or dispute NDEP decisions like enforcement actions or environmental permits. In a quasi-judicial setting, we hear appeals to make sure Nevada's laws are upheld and that decisions are consistent with those laws.
3. We Levy Air Penalties
When issued an air quality permit, businesses across Nevada must follow precise standards. We ratify fines proposed by NDEP for facilities that violate air pollution laws.
4. We Issue Orders and Opinions
Anyone from the public can petition us for an order or opinion. While rare, orders and opinions create clarity on the intent of an environmental rule, law, or decision.