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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.

Personnel Changes at the GA EPD

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

On April 1, 2014, the Georgia EPD Air Branch made some changes with regards to their personnel. Chuck Mueller, who was previously part of the Air Branch’s Policy and Radiation Program, joined the Land Branch as Assistant Branch Chief. Karen Hays, former manager of the Stationary Source Compliance Program, moved to fill Chuck Mueller’s position. Currently, EPD is looking for a qualified applicant to fill Karen Hays’s former role as manager of the Stationary Source Compliance Program.

Georgia Annual Reporting Reminders

Monday, February 10, 2014

The 2014 environmental reporting season is upon us. Over the next few months, environmental professionals will be busy gathering information, performing calculations, and generating compliance / performance reports to support regulatory and internal reporting drivers. Accurate and timely reporting requires time, careful planning, attention to detail, and diligent documentation. Of course, all of this needs to be completed while you keep your day job. Here are some deadline reminders to help you plan for the reporting season.

  • Tier II Chemical Inventory Report is due March 1, 2014.
  • Biennial Hazardous Waste Report is due March 1, 2014.
  • Toxic Release Inventory is due July 1, 2014.
  • EPA GHG Reporting (Part 98) is due March 31, 2014.
    • Be sure to update your calculation templates to align with recent updates to the reporting rule!

As always, Trinity is standing by and ready to assist you in meeting your reporting obligations or to provide other resources or support to get you through the reporting season. If you have any questions on this reporting requirements, please contact the Trinity Atlanta office at 678-441-9977.

Georgia Biomass Deferral

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Currently, the D.C. Circuit Court has delayed re-hearing the Tailoring Rule case. As such, the "Biomass Deferral" is currently in legal limbo. On November 15, 2013, Georgia EPD issued a letter regarding the state implementation policy for the GHG "Tailoring Rule Biomass Deferral". Per the letter from Eric Cornwell, EPD will implement the "Tailoring Rule" as follows:

  • The "Biomass deferral" will remain in effect in Georgia until (if and when) a mandate from the court is issued officially vacating the July 20, 2011 amendments.
  • Georgia EPD will consider new sources of GHG that acquired non-PSD permits under the deferral as "granfathered" by the deferall provided that they begin actual construction (As defined by 40 CFR 52.21) by the date of the mandate, if any.
  • Facilities that do not begin actual construction prior to the mandate will be subject to the provisions of the mandate and any accompanying EPA guidance (or rule change).
  • Sources grandfathered by George in (2) are still at risk of potential US EPA and citizen actions.

For a complete copy of the letter, please visit: http://www.georgiaair.org/airpermit/downloads/sspp/ghg/
1113biomass%20deferralmemo.pdf
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Updated Version of AERMOD Released in December

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

On December 24, 2013, U.S. EPA released an updated version of the AERMOD model, as well as the meteorological preprocessing program, AERMET.

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/scram/dispersion_prefrec.htm#aermod

The new versions are not anticipated to impact results significantly, rather the changes are more focused on new options associated with NO2 modeling and non-regulatory options for addressing low wind speed in meteorological data. The release of the updates will likely require any ongoing modeling work which has not previously been submitted to the agency, to be redone in the new AERMOD. GA EPD processes their own meteorological datasets which are then provided to applicants for their modeling projects. They have not yet indicated when/if they will be updating their data to the new AERMET version, so there will be much more information associated with this AERMOD update to come.