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Air Pollution Control Permits & Registrations - Do You Have or Need One?

Monday, September 19, 2016 Steve Drozdowski

The federal Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 necessitated the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) administering an extensive air pollution control permitting program. NYS amended the Environmental Conservation Law Articles 19 and 70, and the state environmental regulations 6NYCRR Parts 200, 201, 621, and 231 to be able to administer the requirements of the CAAA in New York.

Do you have air contaminant sources that require a Title V Facility Permit or a State Facility Permit, or only require a Facility Registration? In summary (paraphrasing the requirements); for each major stationary source facility the NYSDEC issues a Title V Facility Permit, a comprehensive permit containing regulatory requirements applicable to all sources at a facility; for each non-major source the NYSDEC issues a State Facility Permit; or for selected types of operation as defined by the regulations a Facility Registration may be required for specific emissions.

To obtain a permit a facility owner or operator must apply to the NYSDEC using specific forms and providing specific information on the facility’s emissions, the processes operating at the facility, the raw materials being used, the height and location of stacks and/or vents, the requirements that apply to the facility and the controls being used, and more.

Once permits have been issued or registration completed facilities are required to perform activities to maintain compliance with the specific requirements of their permit and/or registration, including but not limited to reporting, inspecting, sampling, notifying, documenting, and more.

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