According to Garry Kaufmann of the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division, based on 2018 monitoring data, the Denver Metro/North Front Range (DMNFR) cannot show compliance with the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for the 2016-2018 time period. This is after removing from consideration high ozone events attributed to wildfire smoke and stratospheric intrusion. There are two potential paths that may be taken; either the DMNFR will be bumped up to serious nonattainment, or a demonstration will be made that the area would have attained the standard but for emissions from outside of the United States. The agency estimates that over 600 facilities have potential emissions above 50 tons per year of nitrogen oxides or volatile organic compounds, and will become “major sources” in a serious nonattainment area unless they take steps to reduce their potential emissions.
If you have questions about attainment status in the Front Range and what the implications are for your business, please contact George Iwaszek or Trinity's Denver office at (720) 638-7647.
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Join us for a complimentary breakfast on November 7, 2018 where we will discuss the re-designation of the ozone nonattainment area in the Denver-Front Range from moderate to serious that will have air quality permitting implications. At a recent meeting, the Air Pollution Control Division mentioned changes to general permits that are already underway. While the effective dates are still uncertain, it's not too early to start planning. We will also be discussing the latest developments with the Emission Reduction Credit program. Click here to register or for more information.