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  • EPA Proposes GHG Rule Revisions  - 

    On October 3, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule to revise the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) and Title V permitting regulations that are applicable to greenhouse gases (GHGs).  The proposed rule »

  • Amendments to MCAQD Rule 241: Minor New Source Review  - 

    On September 7, 2016, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) adopted amendments to MCAQD Rule 241:  Minor New Source Review (NSR).   MCAQD Rule 241 provides a procedure for the review of new sources and modifications to existing sources »

  • EPA Attempts to Sets Precedent for Opacity Monitoring Technology  - 

    In a recent Risk and Technology Review (RTR) for the ferroalloy industry, the US EPA introduced a provision requiring the use of the digital camera opacity technique (DCOT), in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) »

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  • Air Permitting Stragegy for Complex and Phased Projects  - 

    Permittees should closely analyze air permitting implications for complex and phased projects.  For example, if an application is made for a new process line to replace an existing process line, and the two lines will be operated simultaneously for »

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British Columbia

  • Trinity Consultants Expands in British Columbia  - 

    Trinity Consultants is expanding our services in air quality and aquatic ecology in British Columbia and across Canada, now supporting clients out of our Victoria office thanks to the acquisition of Minnow Environmental.  Trinity's Seattle office »

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  • Hydrocarbon Loading Specialty APEN  - 

    The Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) has released a revised Air Pollution Emission Notice (APEN) for loading of liquid hydrocarbons at oil and gas facilities.  Form APCD 208 is available from the APCD website. All oil and gas APENs are »

  • EPA Releases Final Control Techniques Guidelines for Reducing VOC Emissions from Existing O&G Equipment  - 

    On October 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs) for reducing smog-forming volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from existing oil and natural gas equipment. Note that CTGs are not »

  • Specialty APENs Revised  - 

    The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) recently revised specialty Air Pollution Emissions Notices (APEN) for concrete batch plants, diesel engines, and glycol dehydration units.  The »

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  • Certification of Connecticut's Nonattainment New Source Review Program  - 

    On January 24, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) issued a notice of intent to revise its State Implementation Plan (SIP) by certifying the state Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Program.  The »

  • Final Rules RCSA-22a-174-22e and RCSA-22a-174-22f are Effective!  - 

    On December 22, 2016, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) published final amendments to the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies (RCSA) by adding two new sections:  22a-174-22e "Control of nitrogen oxides »

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  • Upcoming Reporting Requirements for Illinois Facilities  - 

    Semi-Annual Monitoring ReportsMany of the Clean Air Act Permit Program (CAAPP) permits issued within the past several years have updated due dates for Semi-Annual Monitoring Reports (SAMR).  The most common deadlines are now January 31st and July »

  • Reminder – SO2 SIP Requirements Effective January 1, 2017  - 

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) finalized revisions to the Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) State Implementation Plan (SIP) in response to the 2010 1-hr SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) on December 7, 2015.  The »

  • Proposed Permit by Rule for Small Boilers at CAAPP Sources  - 

    On August 23, 2016, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) proposed to the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) rules to allow construction of small boilers under a "permit by rule."  The permit by rule would eliminate the »

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  • Informal Comments on Asbestos Fee Clarification Rulemaking Proposal  - 

    IDNR has requested informal comments on the draft air quality rule for fees associated with asbestos.  Written comments and suggestions on the draft proposal should be provided to Christine Paulson by Friday, December 2, 2016.  More information can »

  • Proposed Rulemaking to Provide Regulatory Certainty  - 

    The Environmental Protection Commission proposed air quality rulemaking to rescind/update rules to provide regulatory certainty and offer uniform rules by making changes that match federal regulations.  Written comments can be sent to Christine »

  • Quarterly Air Quality Client Contact Call Highlights – November 17, 2016  - 

    IDNR provided an update on the expected Title V budget shortfall (also discussed in the recent Title V stakeholder workgroup).  Due to decreasing actual emissions, projected annual fees revenue is not expected to meet the budget needs.  IDNR is »

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  • Upcoming Changes to Maryland's Opacity Regulations  - 

    On November 1, 2016, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) held a stakeholder meeting to discuss plans to update the Maryland visible emissions standards for fuel burning sources.  A fuel burning source as defined in Title 26, Chapter 11, »

  • MDE Finalizes New Permit to Construct Forms  - 

    Effective May 4, 2016, the MDE Air Quality Permits Program finalized updates on two new Permit to Construct application forms:  Form 5T and Form 5EP.  Additionally, the MDE Air Quality Permits Program finalized an Air Quality Permit to Construct »

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  • Air Dispersion Modeling e-Service Now Available  - 

    On September 20th, 2016, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) launched the new air dispersion modeling Electronic Service (e-Service).  This new e-Service allows facilities to submit modeling protocols online, rather than using the AQDM-01 »

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  • Approval of Increase in Missouri Permitting Fees  - 

    In April of this year, Missouri requested revisions to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) with regards to construction and operating permitting fees.  The EPA has recently approved these revisions leading to increased permitting fees going into »

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  • Updates to Nevada Air Quality Permitting  - 

    The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection's (NDEP) Bureau of Air Pollution Control has eliminated the Class III and Class IV Operating Permit programs as of November 2, 2016.  Prior to this date, Class III and Class IV permits were issued to »

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New Mexico

  • Recent Changes to NMED Flare Monitoring Protocol  - 

    On November 8, 2016, the NMED released a new flare monitoring protocol.  This protocol is to be used for flares subject to federal (e.g. 40 CFR §§60.18 & 63.11, NSPS J/Ja, MACT CC, etc.) and state regulations.  Following is a summary of the »

  • NMED Publishes Update to Universal Application Forms  - 

    In October 2016, the New Mexico Environment Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) released updates to the Universal Application (UA) form set.  The UA is used for new sources as well as Modifications and Revisions to Title V, minor source (both TV »

  • Environmental Site Assessments  - 

    Purchasing or leasing a property is one of the most important aspect in our lives, especially when that action will become the foundation of a commercial and/or industrial business.  For that reason, it is important to review the historical uses of »

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  • Ontario Greenhouse Gas Offset Proposal  - 

    The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recently released a document on the emissions offset program being proposed in association with the greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade program.  The intent of this proposal is to »

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  • ODEQ Air Toxics Emission Inventory Request  - 

    Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, launched a new air toxics initiative, Cleaner Air Oregon, in April 2016.  The program will develop new regulations to align industrial toxics regulations protecting human health.  The program is reforming Oregon's »

  • Oregon Toxics Rulemaking Update  - 

    Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, launched a new air toxics initiative, Cleaner Air Oregon, in April 2016.  The program will develop new regulations to align industrial toxics regulations protecting human health.  The program is reforming Oregon's »

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  • Official Ozone Non-Attainment Recommendations for Utah  - 

    On October 1, 2015 EPA reduced the ozone standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb.  The 70 ppb is calculated as the fourth-highest daily maximum, averaged across three consecutive years.  Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, and Duchesne »

  • PM2.5 Reclassification to Severe Non-Attainment  - 

    As the Salt Lake, Provo, and Logan State Implementation Plan (SIP) areas failed to meet attainment for PM2.5 by the December 31, 2015 attainment deadline, EPA will reclassify these areas as serious non-attainment.  EPA was required to reclassify »

  • Final Moderate PM2.5 SIP Amendments  - 

    On Wednesday September 7, 2016 the Utah Air Quality Board (AQB) proposed for public comment revisions to the particulate matter under 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Subparts H. 11, 12, and 13.  The proposed »

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  • Washington's Clean Air Rule Finalized  - 

    On September 15, 2016, Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) finalized the Washington Clean Air Rule to cap and reduce carbon pollution.  The Clean Air Rule was first proposed on January 5, 2016, with a second proposal released on May 31, 2016. »

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  • Updated SO2 and NO2 Backgrounds  - 

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is proposing to update the existing guidance on background concentrations used in air dispersion modeling for permits.  The focus of the updates is the one-hour (1-hr) sulfur dioxide (SO2) and »

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