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NSR/PSD Compliance Workshop

This 2-day course benefits plant and corporate environmental professionals with compliance, auditing, and air permitting responsibilities. The course covers essential topics such as permit applicability assessments, key regulatory definitions, types of modifications, exemptions, and emissions netting/emissions change calculations and thresholds. It also addresses best available control technology (BACT)/lowest achievable emission rate (LAER) assessments, dispersion modeling, Class I areas, and non-attainment offsets. The course includes “real life” case studies and group exercises to maximize understanding of this challenging material.


Course topics

Key program definitions and interpretations

  • PSD applicability assessments and exclusions
  • How to conduct a netting analysis
  • History and evolution of the PSD rules
  • Technical requirements of the permitting process.
  • Determining appropriate emission rates for NAAQS and Increment analyses
  • Relationship between major NSR and the operating permits program
  • EPA enforcement initiatives, including CAA Section 114 information requests
  • Achieving operational flexibility through effective use of exclusions and permit procedures

EPA’s Latest NSR Reform Elements and Considerations

  • Definition of Ambient Air
  • Plant Wide Allowable Limits
  • Dispersion Modeling Reform
  • “Actual-to-Projected Actual” assessments and guidance (Netting, etc.)
  • Project Aggregation
  • Greenhouse Gas Significant Emission Rate
  • Routine Maintenance Repair and Replacements
  • Changing Synthetic Minor Limits (“Sham” minor permits and NSR circumvention considerations)
  • Top-down Best Available Control Technology (BACT) Clearinghouse
  • Proper Accounting of Project Emissions
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Feb 24 - 25, 2021 -- Orlando, FL
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Apr 27 - 28, 2021 -- Houston, TX
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sep 21 - 22, 2021 -- Columbus, OH
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What others are saying about this course
  • Comprehensive resource for take away. Not only did I get a great introduction to the topics, but now I have something that I can read to deepen my understanding.
  • Great broad overview with appropriate deep dives. A lot of material to cover and course outline was effective.
  • Presenter was well-versed in the topic and made the atmosphere open to learning.
  • The instructor was engaging, extremely knowledgeable and excellent at simplifying complicated information. Not only was this the best PSD training I've had, it was also the best training I've had, period. The instructor did an excellent job at breaking down a very complicated topic.
  • The course materials were exceptional.
  • The instructor did an excellent job of explaining complicated material. i.e., I have heard a few high level explanations of "MERPs" and how they are applied, practically speaking, in the permitting process, but the instructor's explanation was the first one that I have understood! The examples provided throughout the class were also very helpful.

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Title V Compliance Workshop

This course is for new and experienced professionals interested in learning how to minimize the impact of Title V operating permits, reduce duplicate or unnecessary monitoring, and standardize permits across agencies. It provides strategies on how to ensure compliance while minimizing operational intrusions required by Title V permits. Example permit conditions are discussed to illustrate how agencies and companies have approached compliance demonstration requirements. Information on when to re-open a permit and the modification process will be provided.

Nov 12, 2020 -- Phoenix, AZ
Feb 26, 2021 -- Orlando, FL
Apr 29, 2021 -- Houston, TX
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