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Air Permits: Breaking Down the Decision Process

Between NSR, Title V, PTE, registration, permits, de minimis, PSD, non-attainment, major, synthetic minor, true minor, state rules, federal rules, and more, one thing is true throughout — owners and operators of emission sources must comply with all applicable air quality regulations. Unfortunately, in this instance, ignorance is not bliss. Each authorization mechanism, governed by a variety of regulatory statues, has specific compliance, technical, operational, emission and/or control requirements.  Also, as is the case with engines and boilers (just to name a few), more than one regulatory statute can apply. Now multiply that by the number of different emission sources you may operate at your facility and we are really swimming in the deep end.

As dizzying as all this sounds, the root of all air quality programs is who, what, where, and how much. Whether you are looking to modify operations by increasing production, adding new equipment, or are in the early stages of discussing construction of a new facility, an air permitting authorization is likely needed before any construction begins. The ultimate question, how much, will determine which authorization mechanism is right for your specific situation.

Depending on your level of expertise, the path to how much is not as simple as A + B = C.  This is the point where finding the right environmental consultant can be of great assistance. In addition to helping you understand regulatory applicability, Braun Intertec has a reputable track record of assisting clients with their permitting needs and tailoring them to match their business goals. Are you looking for maximum flexibility? Maybe you are willing to sacrifice flexibility for an authorization with less reporting and compliance requirements? Whatever your goals are, Braun Intertec has the expertise to take those goals into account and provide you with options that not only meet the regulatory requirements and provide you with the required authorization, but position you in an optimal place for sustainable compliance.

Before you reach out to an environmental consultant, or if you’re feeling confident and decide to DIY it, some fundamental information is needed to help facilitate the initial conversation. In the next part of our blog series, we will elaborate on the foundational elements for air quality programs, including a discussion on sources, emissions, usage, and other pertinent information needed to make a decision on the right air permitting mechanism for your operation.