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Emissions Inventories Due by August 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Just a friendly reminder that all emissions inventories are due by August 1, 2014. All Title V major sources are required to complete the annual emissions inventory per 40 CFR 51. Additionally, all major sources in the Atlanta metro maintenance area are required to complete an emissions statement with regards to annual NOx and VOC emissions. In order to complete the emissions inventory and statement, all facilities should use the Georgia Environmental Connections Online (GECO) application, which can be found here http://geco.georgiaair.org/.

EPD Publishes New Antidegradation Analysis Guidelines

Monday, June 02, 2014

As of May 2014, EPD has formally published new Antidegradation Analysis Guidelines pursuant to 40 CFR 131.12 and Georgia's Rules and Regulations for Water Quality Control 391-3-6-.03(2)(b). The new guidelines supercede the 1997 GA Antidegradation Procedures and the applicable portions of the 1999 Domestic Wastewater Systems Planning Guidelines. The new guidelines "spell out" exactly when an antidegradation review is triggered and also provides three (3) basic steps in the review process for industrial point sources of wastewater.

  • Applicant must demonstrate no "lowering" of water quality (No further analysis required if the applicant can demonstrate this to be true).
  • If water quality is lowered, must evaluate the social and economic impacts.
  • Must perform a "reasonable alternatives" analysis to demonstrate that there are no other feasible options for discharge of wastewater into surface water bodies of the state.

The new policy guidelines can be found on EPD's website or by clicking the link below. http://www.acoel.org/post/2012/02/23/The-Fate-of-Georgia-EPD%E2%80%99s-Antidegradation-Policy-is-Muddier-than-Ever.aspx

Bibb and Floyd County Nonattainment Areas Re-designated by the EPA

Monday, June 02, 2014

On May 13 and 14, 2014 EPA designated the Bibb County and Floyd Nonattainment Areas (NAA) as attainment/unclassifiable with respect to the 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), respectively. The finding was based on the determination that Georgia has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment set forth in the Clean Air Act (CAA).

The NAAQS provide the public protection from PM2.5 pollution. PM2.5 can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems in all people and can cause serious health complications for sensitive groups. For areas that are classified as non-attainment, the states must draft a state implementation plan (SIP) that includes recommendations to improve the air quality in nonattainment areas. Recommendations in the SIP can significantly impact the permitting and operational costs of facilities in the nonattainment area.

Updates to the Georgia EPD Website

Monday, June 02, 2014

EPD has updated their website to more closely match the GA Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as EPD is a division of the DNR. The updates also include pages of the various branches of EPD (Air Protection, Watershed Protection, Land Protection). Currently, the Air Protection Branch's page has most all of the links that www.georgiaair.org has, so most of the information can be accessed in two places (http://epd.georgia.gov/air-protection-branch and www.georgiaair.org). You can browse EPD's new website and see the updates by clicking on the following link: http://epd.georgia.gov/.

Georgia VOC Nonattainment Area Rules Change

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

On January 25, 2012, the Georgia Board of Natural Resources tightened standards for VOC-emitting sources in the Atlanta Ozone Nonattainment Area. The revised rules were supposed to “take effect” on January 1, 2015. However, the rules contained a provision stating that they would not be applicable if the Atlanta Ozone Nonattainment Area (which was not in attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone standard) was re-designated to attainment status prior to January 1, 2015. On December 2, 2013, the EPA issued the final rule that re-designated the Atlanta Nonattainment Area to Attainment status with the 1997 8-hour ozone standard. Due to this re-designation, affected VOC sources no longer have to comply with the revised rules, but should continue to comply with the pre-2012 rules. Below is a list that contains the affected rules and the subparagraphs that remain in effect.

Georgia RuleRule TitleApplicable Subparagraphs
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(t)VOC Emissions From Auto and Light-Duty Truck Manufacturing 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(w)VOC Emissions from Paper Coating1, 2, 6, ,7, 8, and 11
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(y)VOC Emissions from Metal Furniture Coating1, 2, 10, 11, 12, and 15
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(z)VOC Emissions From Large Appliance Surface Coating1, 2, 10, 11, 12, and 15
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(ii)VOC Emissions From Surface Coating of Miscellaneous Metal Parts and Products1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(jj)VOC Emissions from Surface Coating of Flat Wood Paneling1, 2, 7, 8, 9, and 12
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(mm)VOC Emissions from Graphic Arts1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 12
Georgia Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(ddd)VOC Emissions from Offset Lithography and Letterpress1, 9, 10, 11, and 14

Updates to the GA Title V Software

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

EPD has announced that a new, web-based Title V application is being developed to streamline the permitting process. EPD’s “target date” for releasing the application is September 2014. EPD is expected to make further announcements in the coming months, so we will have to “stay tuned” for news updates.