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EPD Proposes Amendments to the Georgia Rules for Air Quality Control

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) proposes to amend Rule 391-3-1-.03(8) “Permit Requirements” to remove the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) requirements for the Macon Area and for Floyd County. A public hearing will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, December 5, 2014 in the EPD Training Center located at 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, GA 30354. The public will be allowed to present data and make written or oral comments. The proposed Air Rule Amendments will be considered for adoption on January 13, 2015. This meeting will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the DNR Board Room located at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 1252, East Tower, Atlanta, GA 30334 and is also open to the public.

Redesignation of Georgia (Chattanooga Area) Nonattainment Area

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On September 14, 2012, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) submitted a request to redesignate the Georgia portion of the Chattanooga Nonattainment Area (NAA) to attainment status with respect to the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The Georgia portion of the Chattanooga NAA includes Catoosa and Walker County. Per the Federal Register on November 12, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed rules to approve the request by EPD and to accept EPD’s maintenance plan. Comments must be submitted to EPA by Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Comments may be submitted via email (R4-RDS@epa.gov), Fax (404.562.9019), or mail (see address below). Please visit the following URL for additional information: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-12/pdf/2014-26735.pdf.

EPA-R04-OAR-2014-0267
Regulatory Development Section
Air Planning Branch
Air, Pesticides, and Toxics Management Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 4
61 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303-8960

Georgia Environmental Online System is Coming Soon

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

In a September 12, 2014 presentation at the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA)-Southern Section Conference, Jimmy Johnston with EPD announced that the new Georgia Environmental Online System (GEOS) is scheduled to begin soft rollout in October 2014. GEOS will be a web-based application that will replace the existing Title V database when preparing Title V applications for facilities that operate as major sources with respect to the Federal Title V program. GEOS will initially include applications in Title V and National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, but is expected to incorporate and “phase in” minor source permitting sometime in the future. Full rollout of GEOS is expected by January 2015. The new system offers paperless draft permits, real time application status tracking, and easy emission path grouping. We will keep you updated as rollout begins over the next few months! For more information, you can view the presentation by visiting the URL listed here.

Emissions Fees Due by September 1, 2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Just a friendly reminder that all emissions fees are due by September 1, 2014. All Title V major sources and synthetic minor sources are required to pay annual emission fees. The manual for completing the fee calculations can be found here: http://www.georgiaair.org/airpermit/html/aqrules/fee.htm.

In order to complete the fee assessment, all facilities should use the Georgia Environmental Connections Online (GECO) application, which can be found here http://geco.georgiaair.org/.

EPD Releases GHG Implementation Policy Following Recent Supreme Court Decision

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that portions of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule were not valid as they pertain to the Federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. When finalized, GHGs will not be considered in determining "Major Source Status" with respect to the PSD or Title V permitting programs. The Georgia Rules for Air Quality Control (GRAQC) currently incorporate the PSD regulations by reference. Therefore, per the GRAQC for PSD, subparagraph (v) of the GHG Tailoring Rule is no longer effective. Once the Appeals Court vacates this portion of the federal rules, existing sources may apply to remove GHG-related requirements from their permits. Additionally, if an existing source was permitted as a major Title V operating source due to GHG emissions only, the source may apply to become Title V minor sources. For a closer look at EPD's implementation policy, please visit the following website: http://www.georgiaair.org/airpermit/downloads/sspp/ghg/070214epdghgpolicy.pdf.

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/.