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EPA Reverses MACT Once-In-Always-In Policy

On January 25, 2018, EPA issued a guidance memo reversing its long-held policy that a major source of HAP must stay subject to MACT standards, even if it subsequently reduces its HAP emissions to minor (area) source levels (i.e., the “once-in-always-in” policy). Now, EPA is stating that HAP major sources can reduce their emissions to ...

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Georgia DNR Board Adopts Amended Air Rules

Misc. Rules Update:  https://epd.georgia.gov/sites/epd.georgia.gov/files/033117ProposedAmendments_Miscellaneous.pdf Updates VOC definition for exempt solvents; Revises the ambient air standards to be consistent with the NAAQS; Removes the definition of “Regulated NSR Pollutant” to defer back to the federal definition; Adds NSPS XXX (new MSW landfills); Adds fire pumps to the SIP permitting exemption; Eliminates PM2.5 nonattainment area NSR provisions ...

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EPA Proposes to Redesignate Ozone Nonattainment Areas

As published in the Federal Register on 08/27/2015, EPA is proposing to redesignate 36 Ozone Nonattainment Areas, including Atlanta.  Based on the 2012-2014 design value, EPA determined that Atlanta did not attain the 2008 ozone NAAQS by July 20, 2015, thereby triggering a “bump up” in nonattainment classification from marginal to moderate.  The new attainment ...

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EPA Releases Revised Framework for Biogenic CO2 Accounting

On 11/19/14, EPA released a revised framework for assessing biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources. For the Clean Power Plan, EPA expects to recognize biogenic CO2 emissions and climate poly benefits of waste-derived and certain forest-derived industrial byproduct feedstocks, support states’ efforts in using biomass power to met the CPP goals.  EPA also mentions that ...

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Gas-Fired Boiler MACT Facility? Prepare… Now

The compliance date for the Boiler MACT is January 31, 2016, but facilities should be preparing now.  Facilities that are subject to emissions limits (solid fuel and liquid fuel boilers) are likely well under way in their compliance plans, including emissions and fuels testing and monitoring equipment installation.  But, facilities that only burn natural gas (with ...

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