clean air permit Articles

  • A Critical Evaluation of the South African Air Quality Offsets Guideline

    There is wide recognition in South Africa to the link between the quality of life and quality of the air we breathe. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) attempts to improve air quality through two key regulatory tools; emission limits, which regulate the maximum concentration of certain pollutants permissible within certain, ‘listed’ industrial stacks or vents, and ambient ...


    By WKC Group

  • The tailoring of greenhouse gases to the clean air act – challenges for PSD and title v permitting ahead?

    In anticipation of the promulgation of Clean Air Act (CAA) regulations to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, EPA published the proposed PSD and Title V GHG Tailoring Rule. The proposed GHG Tailoring Rule was published in the Federal Register on October 27, 2009 and has a 60-day public comment period; thus comments are due by December 28, 2009. The proposed GHG Tailoring Rule attempts to ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Clean air and fast return to operation

    Zero styrene in the Renovation of Industrial Processing plants and Storage tanks Renovation without hassle In industrial processing and chemical storage plants the continuity of operation is of major importance. Plant downtime may have significant financial implications. Also equipment breakdown may negatively affect plant safety as in many cases dangerous ...


    By HMT Inc.

  • Not So Fast - Getting That Air Permit Won`t Be As Easy As You Think

    Most of the air regulations promulgated by U.S. EPA are developed and implemented to achieve compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The NAAQS represent ambient air concentration levels that are established by U.S. EPA to ensure that the general public and sensitive subgroups of the general public are not adversely affected by air pollution.  The various ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • Permit Compliance Monitoring for the Power Generation Industry

    The Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 authorized EPA to develop regulations requiring facilities to monitor the adequacy of emission control equipment and plant operations. This paper discusses the various methods available for coal-fired power plants and gas turbine installations to demonstrate a reasonable assurance of facility compliance with emission limitations, and ensure that control ...


    By Mostardi Platt Environmental

  • EPA Issues Final Tailoring GHG Permitting Rule

    EPA estimates that Title V permits would be required for over six million sources not now subject to the program. On June 3, 2010, EPA issued a final rule addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This controversial rule set thresholds for GHG emissions that define when permits under the New Source Review Prevention of Significant ...


    By Acta Group

  • New permitting requirements for sources in Indian country

    In a June 10, 2011 signed rule (published in the Federal Register (FR) on July 1, 2011) , EPA finalized a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for “Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country.” The rules, originally proposed by EPA on August 21, 2006, establish a minor New Source Review (NSR) program (minor preconstruction permits) and a major nonattainment NSR program for ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Addressing New Source Permitting and Visibility Issues

    Within the past decade-- and especially in the past year-- several important developments have occurred, which affect new or proposed emission sources in virtually every region of the country. These developments include the availability of new, more accurate techniques for assessing air quality impacts, significant increases in the areas subject to assessments of pollutant impacts on Class I, ...


    By AECOM

  • `Air Permitting for a New Coal-Fired Power Plant,` published in Power magazine, November

    Prevention Of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Construction of any new source, including a greenfield power plant, is subject to New Source Review (NSR). If the source is located in an attainment area, it will also trigger Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting, as required by the Clean Air Act (CAA) for major stationary sources of air pollution in attainment areas. A major ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • GHG regulation under the clean air act – recent developments

    EPA’s GHG Tailoring Rule and Senate Action On October 27, 2009, EPA published the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Tailoring Rule in the Federal Register, followed by a 60-day public comment period that ended on December 28, 2009. The proposed rule represents EPA’s effort to decrease the number of sources subject to major source ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Clean air research multi-year plan 2008-2012

    The Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) Multi-Year Plans (MYPs) describe what research ORD proposes to accomplish over the next 5-10 years in a variety of areas. The MYPs serve three principal purposes: to describe where the research programs are going, to present the significant outputs of the research, and to communicate the research plans within ORD and with stakeholders and clients. ...

  • Evolution of marketable permits: the US experience with sulphur dioxide allowance trading

    The Sulfur Dioxide Allowance Programme, created under Title IV of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, is the first national market-based approach to environmental management employed in the United States and represents a radical departure from both the traditional regulatory approach to environmental policy and from previous emissions trading efforts. This paper reviews the goals of the SO2 ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Regulation of greenhouse gases under section 115 of The Clean Air Act

    Section 115 of the Clean Air Act, among the various options under the current act, may offer EPA the most effective, flexible, economically reasonable, and legally supportable means by which to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The authors argue that Section 115, the section explicitly crafted to address international air pollution, has the potential to provide an appropriately flexible path ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • New Source Permitting and Visibility: Strategies for Developers of New Emissions Sources

    Several recent developments have occurred which affect thousands of new or proposed emission sources in virtually every region of the country. These developments include the availability of new, more accurate techniques for assessing air quality impacts, and the increasing influence of Federal Land Managers (FLMs). Proposed facilities that are major emissions sources subject to Prevention of ...


    By AECOM

  • Return of the clean air interstate rule—The court does CAIR

    In summer 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a dramatic decision to vacate the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) in its entirety (North Carolina v. EPA, No. 05-1244, D.C. Cir., July 11, 2008). Following a petition for rehearing, it seems the previous vacatur was just a temporary detour, as the Court reinstated CAIR on December 22, 2008. The reinstatement appears to turn ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Big Clear Sky – A short history of the Clean Air Act

    Major advances over 50 years have led to cleaner air and groundbreaking technology. The detrimental impact of industrialization to air quality in the United States went unchecked through federal legislation for most of the first half of the 20th Century. But following the 1948 industrial catastrophe in Donora, Pennsylvania – where a cloud of smog killed 20 and injured thousands – regulation of ...

  • Legal lookout: EPA issues final “tailoring” GHG permitting rule

    EPA estimates that Title V permits would be required for over six million sources not now subject to the program. On June 3, 2010, EPA issued a final rule addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This controversial rule set thresholds for GHG emissions that define when permits under the New Source Review Prevention of Significant ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The US Clean Air Act: Improving air quality and tracking greenhouse gas emissions?

    The US Clean Air Act is a federal law designed to reduce air pollution in order to improve the nation’s overall air quality. The intent of the federal law is to identify and reduce harmful substances that weaken the stratospheric ozone layer and continue to contribute to global climate change.Many of these pollutants, refrigerant gases, or Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) can be found within companies, ...


    By Verisae

  • The natural way to clean wastewater

    John Todd founded Ocean Arks International in the 1980s, where he started to experiment with processes that mimic natural ways to purify wastewater. He built a greenhouse and ran sewage through a series of tanks, with plants suspended in the flowing waters, and constructed marshes made of sand and gravel. No chemicals were added, but plenty of aquatic creatures from snails to small fish were ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • EPA proposes new greenhouse gas emission standard under the Clean Air Act

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed a new GHG emissions program designed to further regulate the amount of greenhouse gas produced in the US. The proposed Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule would require large facilities to obtain operating permits for their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Large facilities are defined as ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

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