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Alaska

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Alberta

  • Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment Endorses New Air Quality Standards for NO2  - 

    The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) recently endorsed new Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The new NO2 CAAQS joins the existing ozone, PM2.5, and SO2 CAAQS.Table 1 shows the new »

  • Alberta's Air Monitoring Directive  - 

    Alberta's Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements of ambient air and emission source monitoring and reporting air quality within Alberta. AMD consists of nine chapters with varying compliance dates:IntroductionAmbient Air Monitoring »

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Arizona

  • Major Sources in Arizona - Different Than What You May Expect  - 

    Per recent ADEQ guidance on air permitting for new sources, ADEQ will generally treat a site as "Major" if the calculated site-wide non-fugitive Potential to Emit (PTE) is within 10% of the major source threshold. For example, if the NOx site-wide »

  • EPA Memorandum Proposes a Shift in NSR Program Applicability  - 

    Late last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum with an improved interpretation of post-project emissions under federal New Source Review Program (NSR). The estimation and management of post-project emissions under »

  • Updates to Maricopa County Adopted Rule 316 and Rule 320  - 

    Maricopa County is proposing to update Rule 316 [Nonmetallic Mineral Processing] and Rule 320 [Odors and Gaseous Air Contaminants] in 2018.The County has held multiple stakeholder workshops for each of the rules and is proposing the following »

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British Columbia

  • New NPD Government's 2017 Budget Update  - 

    British Columbia's new NPD government released Budget 2017 Update on September 11, 2017. The service plans for each ministry were also updated and released at this time, including the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy and the »

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California

  • CARB is Revising the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Regulation  - 

    For nearly two years, the staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has been developing amendments to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation. Currently, the LCFS requires California transportation fuel suppliers to reduce greenhouse »

  • CEQA Exemptions Outside the CEQA Statute  - 

    In June 2018, the State of California Office of Planning and Research published a technical advisory on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions outside the statute (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.). While this technical »

  • Cap-and-Trade May 2018 Joint Auction Results Released  - 

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its May 15, 2018 joint auction results for greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances between CARB and Québec's Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements »

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Colorado

  • Ozone Nonattainment Update  - 

    As reported previously, last month the US EPA issued an air quality designation establishing the 9 county Denver-Metro-North-Front-Range in marginal nonattainment for the 8-hour 2015 ozone standard. The 2008 8-hour ozone standard remains in effect, »

  • Higher Permitting Fees  - 

    The legislatively approved fee increases for APENs and permit processing are now in effect. The APEN fee is $191.13 for each APEN, and the permit processing fee is $95.56 per APEN. Regulated pollutant and hazardous pollutant fees will increase to »

  • Permitting and Emissions Fees to Increase  - 

    The hourly permit processing fee, APEN filing fee, and per ton annual emission fees will likely be increasing this year under new caps approved by the Colorado legislature. In addition, the cap will automatically increase each year by the rate of »

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Connecticut

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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Delaware

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Idaho

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Illinois

  • Update on Illinois’ Metro-East Area Ozone NAAQS Designations  - 

    The USEPA has approved the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's (Illinois EPA's) request submitted on May 8, 2017 to redesignate Illinois' portion of the St. Louis area (i.e., Metro-East area) to be in attainment of the 2008 Ozone National »

  • Update on 2008 Lead Standards for Chicago and Granite City Areas  - 

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published a direct final rule in the federal register to redesignate the Chicago and Granite City areas to be in attainment of the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (2008 Pb »

  • Upcoming Reporting Requirements for Illinois Facilities - Updated  - 

    Annual Emission ReportsAnnual Emission Reports (AERs) are due to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) by May 1, 2018. Subject facilities should have received their forms via e-mail from Illinois EPA. Remember to include »

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Indiana

  • Upcoming Reporting Requirements for Indiana Facilities  - 

    The first half of the year is always the busiest time for environmental reporting for Indiana sources. Following is a summary of major environmental reports to which many sources are subject to help ensure that no reports are missed or become last »

  • Proposed Short Term Backup Unit Permit Exemption  - 

    Imagine this scenario, you need to bring in a backup emission unit or control device to operate while planned or unplanned maintenance work is completed on an existing emission unit or control device. The backup unit is either the same size or »

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Iowa

  • Air Quality Client Contact Meeting - May 2018  - 

    The next IDNR Air Quality Client Contact meeting will held on May 17 at 1 p.m. in the Wallace State Office Building located at 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA. Submit agenda items to Matthew Johnson by April 27.

  • Iowa Chapter of Air and Waste Management Association May Meeting  - 

    The Iowa Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) is hosting a meeting on May 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gene Taylor, P.E. from Trinity Consultants will be presenting on Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Updates and Common »

  • Linn County Air Quality Ordinance Update  - 

    Linn County Public Health, Air Quality Division is proposing updates to the Linn County Air Quality Ordinance (Chapter 10 - Environment, Article III). The proposed Ordinance is available to the public for review at the Linn County Community Services »

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Kansas

  • Kansas Tip of the Month - Air Construction Approval Thresholds in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties  - 

    Facilities must obtain a construction permit or construction approval from KDHE prior to commencing construction or modification of an emissions unit if the increase in potential-to-emit (PTE) resulting from the project exceeds certain thresholds »

  • Class I Annual Emissions Inventory - HAP Exemption Lowered  - 

    KDHE lowered the exemption for reporting Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) for Class I Emission Inventories from 500 pounds to 20 pounds. Furthermore, all HAPs are subject to this new 20 pound threshold (there are no longer HAPs that must be reported »

  • Kansas Multi-Media Tip of the Month  - 

    KDHE's General NPDES Permit for Stormwater Runoff from Industrial Activity requires quarterly visual inspections of exposed significant materials. This typically consists of inspecting outdoor storage containers, manufacturing equipment, »

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Louisiana

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Maryland

  • MDE Finalizes Changes to Distributed Generation Regulations  - 

    On February 2, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) published the final revisions to Maryland's distributed generation regulations codified in Title 26, Subtitle 11, Chapter 36 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 26.11.36) »

  • MDE Proposes to Allow Interprecursor Trading for NOx and VOC  - 

    On January 19, 2018, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) proposed to amend regulations codified in Title 26, Subtitle 11, Chapter 17 of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR 26.11.17). MDE is proposing to allow interprecursor trading »

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Massachusetts

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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Michigan

  • Upcoming Michigan Legislation for 2018  - 

    The Michigan State Senate is considering a package of three (3) bills that would affect some reform on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The bill package includes Senate Bill Nos. 652, 653, and 654. These bills would establish »

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Minnesota

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Missouri

  • Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference April 11-12, 2018  - 

    Mark your calendar to attend the 5th Annual Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) which will take place April 11-12, 2018 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This conference will provide a regional perspective »

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Nebraska

  • New Policy for Source Trials  - 

    The NDEQ has implemented a new policy detailing how trials of changes to facility processes or controls will be evaluated pursuant to the Nebraska Administrative Code Title 129, Chapter 34 - Emission Sources; Testing; Monitoring. The "Source Trial »

  • Updated Standard and General Air Quality Permit Conditions Now Available  - 

    Final updates to standard and general permit conditions in air quality construction and operating permits are now available on the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality's (NDEQ's) website. The NDEQ drafted revisions to permit conditions in »

  • Reminder of the Low Emitter Rule in Nebraska  - 

    Title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code includes a rule, referred to as the Low Emitter Rule, that offers an exemption from the requirement to obtain an operating permit for certain facilities whose potential emissions exceed operating permit »

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

  • EPA Withdraws Approval of New SIP Revision in New Hampshire  - 

    In November 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its direct final rule published in the Federal Register September 6, 2017 approving the State of New Hampshire's revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) based on a »

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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New Jersey

  • Reminder: CY2016 Title V Emission Fees Due for Payment  - 

    If you are a Title V facility in New Jersey, look out for the CY2016 Title V emissions fee invoices. This fee will be calculated based on the actual emissions you reported to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in the »

  • Proposed New NJDEP Air Rulemaking Might Impact Your Facility in New Jersey!  - 

    On August 07, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published a proposed new rulemaking in the NJ register titled, "Air Pollution Control: Air Emission Control and Permitting Exemptions, HAP Reporting Thresholds, and »

  • New NJDEP Air Rules Adoption Might Impact Your Facility in NJ  - 

    On January 16, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted new rulemaking (originally proposed on August 7, 2017) in the NJ register titled, “Air Pollution Control: Air Emission Control and Permitting Exemptions, HAP »

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New Mexico

  • NMED Releases GCP-O&G  - 

    New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) released the long awaited GCP-Oil & Gas (GCP-O&G) at the end of April 2018. This new form set will be used to register new and existing minor source oil and gas facilities, replacing »

  • NMED Releases Draft Plan and Proposes Rule on PM10 in Southern New Mexico  - 

    In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Exceptional Events Rule. Under the rule, areas with "historically documented" or "known seasonal" exceptional events are required to develop mitigation plans. In a three year »

  • NMED Releases New Administrative Revision and Title V Amendment Forms  - 

    In a move to accommodate a variety of administrative revisions, reduce the amount of paperwork submitted, and aid the agency in efficiently reviewing requests for change, NMED has developed a new form to be used for administrative revisions to »

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New York

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North Carolina

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

  • Transition of EI Reporting Systems - Redbud to Sleis  - 

    One of the key issues discussed during the EFO's Newsreel on June 21st was ODEQ's plan to replace the EI reporting system, Redbud, with the State and Local Emission Inventory System (SLEIS). SLEIS is currently in use in several other states, »

  • June Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting  - 

    An Air Quality Advisory Council Meeting was held in Owasso on June 20, 2018, and the primary topic involved new and revised rules for aerospace coating operations in Tulsa County. The proposed rulemaking will be presented at the next meeting before »

  • DEQ's Draft SO2 Annual Report Available for Review  - 

    DEQ recently released the draft SO2 Annual Report for public review and comment. The report summarizes annual SO2 emissions from five applicable sources in counties that were designated as attainment/unclassifiable for the 2010 primary SO2 NAAQS »

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Ontario

  • Updates to Ontario's Air Dispersion Models - 2018  - 

    The Ministry of Environmental and Climate Change intends to adopt updated versions of the AERMOD, AERMET and ASHRAE air dispersion models under the O. Reg. 419/05: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality under the Environmental Protection Act. The MOECC »

  • Air Quality Permits March Emission Summary Dispersion Modelling ESDM Report Updates  - 

    Many facilities are required to update their ESDM reports each year by March 31st, using updated guidance from procedural documents and technical bulletins occasionally published by the Ministry of Environmental and Climate Change.On March 8th, 2017 »

  • Site Plan Guideline in Ontario  - 

    As part of the Ontario Ministry's Modernization of Approvals initiative, efficiencies to the approvals process is provided with a more detailed guidance. The Ontario Regulation 255/11, which prescribes minimum application requirements for »

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Oregon

  • TSCA Title VI Formaldehyde Rule Compliance Moved Up to June 1, 2018  - 

    On March 13, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order in the case of Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana vs. Scott Pruitt, which resulted in the compliance date for formaldehyde emission »

  • Draft Cleaner Air Oregon Rules Published  - 

    On October 20, 2017, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) released draft Cleaner Air Oregon rules. The draft rules and supporting documents can be found on ODEQ's website (link). The draft rules require air toxic emissions reports, risk »

  • EPA Issues PCWP ICR to U.S. Wood Products Manufacturers  - 

    On October 6, 2017, EPA announced that the Plywood and Composite Wood Products (PCWP) Information Collection Request (ICR)/survey was sent to approximately 400 facilities via certified mail. The ICR will collect information essential to the Risk and »

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

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Texas

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Utah

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Vermont

  • EPA Issues Final Decision to Deny OTR Expansion Petition  - 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final action on November 3, 2017 (FR Vol. 82, No. 212) to deny a petition to add states to the ozone transport region (OTR) for the purpose of addressing interstate transport of ozone and attainment »

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Virginia

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Washington

  • EPA Issues PCWP ICR to U.S. Wood Products Manufacturers  - 

    On October 6, 2017, EPA announced that the Plywood and Composite Wood Products (PCWP) Information Collection Request (ICR)/survey was sent to approximately 400 facilities via certified mail. The ICR will collect information essential to the Risk and »

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West Virginia

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Wyoming

  • Well Completion Numbers Up in 2017  - 

    A recent update to the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming highlights that more than 580 oil or gas wells were completed in Wyoming in 2017, and more than 80 have been completed so far this year. This is up from the ~ »

  • Wildfire Smoke Information  - 

    Wildfires in southeast Wyoming and neighboring states are creating impacts to air quality throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West.Wildfire smoke is made up of a variety of pollutants, including particulate matter and ozone, which can cause »

  • New Ambient Monitor in Johnson County  - 

    The Wyoming Air Quality Division (WY-AQD) began operation of a new long-term ambient monitoring station in Johnson County on May 14, 2018. The monitoring station is located northeast of Kaycee, in northeast Wyoming. The station objective is to »

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