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Old EPD Title V Database Has Said "Au Revoir"

Thursday, August 06, 2015

As of August 1, 2015, EPD no longer accepts changes to the old database and all Air Branch applications are required to be submitted through the new Georgia Environmental Online System (GEOS). The Watershed Branch will require all municipal NPDES applications to be submitted through GEOS by January 1, 2016. EPD is conducting GEOS training sessions in various places throughout the state over the next few months. Please note that EPD is not planning on transferring information from the old Title V database into the new system. It is recommended that the Responsible Official (RO) go ahead and create a GEOS Account as soon as possible to ensure that facility information and processing can be completed before an application will need to be submitted through the system. For additional details and scheduling of training events, please see the official GEOS website.

Energy Assessment Deadline Rapidly Approaching

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The deadline for completion of the energy assessments required for boilers and process heaters by EPA's Boiler MACT (40 CFR 63, Subpart DDDDD) is rapidly approaching. The Boiler MACT requires a one-time energy assessment (EA) for major sources to be completed by January 31, 2016 and for area sources that was due March 21, 2014. EPA mandates that the EAs be completed by a qualified energy assessor (QEA).

Trinity Consultants has extensive qualifications to assist you in these assessments. We have 10 registered certified energy auditors (CEAs) nationwide, including one CEA located in the Atlanta local office. The CEA certification is given by the Association of Energy Engineers to qualified professionals with demonstrated expertise and experience in the field of energy auditing.

The Atlanta office alone has completed Boiler MACT EAs for several major sources and area sources in industries such as power generation, petrochemical, fiber manufacturing, automotive and wood products. An overview of the EA process consists of visual inspections of the boiler and process heater systems, evaluation of operational characteristics of the boilers, process heaters and major energy use systems, review of the facility's energy management practices, identification of energy conservation measures along with estimates of savings potentials.

To learn more, call Anu Krishnan at Trinity's Atlanta office at (678) 441-9977, ext. 231.

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.

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.