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EPA Finalizes GHG Tailoring Rule Step 3 and GHG PALs

On June 29, 2012, U.S. EPA issued a final rule that retains the GHG major source and major modification thresholds from Steps 1 and 2 of the Tailoring Rule:  100,000 tons/yr CO2 equivalent (CO2e) major source threshold and 75,000 tons/yr CO2e for major modifications at GHG major sources.  EPA had considered applying PSD and Title ...

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EPA Proposes Revised PM2.5 NAAQS

Under a court-ordered deadline, on 06/14/2012, EPA proposed revised particulate matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS): Lower the annual PM2.5 standard to within the range of 12 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) to 13 μg/m3. The current annual standard (from 1997) is 15 μg/m3. Retain the existing 24‐hour PM2.5 standard (from 2006) at 35 ...

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Georgia EPD Issues PSD Guidance for Public Comment

Georgia EPD issued extensive new guidance for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit applications on 06/11/2012.  EPD is issuing this guidance to address common issues found during the PSD application process.  Topics include: PSD Applicability Elements of a PSD Application BACT Ambient Air Quality Analysis Additional Impacts Analysis Application Submission and Review Procedures Facilities that ...

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Georgia Industrial Storm Water General Permit Effective June 1, 2012

The 2012 Georgia Industrial Storm Water NPDES General Permit was issued on April 16, 2012 and is effective June 1, 2012. Compliance deadlines approach for existing industrial permittees, including: July 1, 2012: Submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage under the new permit. August 30, 2012: Update the facility Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan ...

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EPA Issues White Paper for 1-hour SO2 NAAQS Implementation

EPA has prepared a white paper to solicit feedback on the options to determine if an area is meeting the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), including modeling, monitoring, or a combination of the two methods: http://www.epa.gov/airquality/sulfurdioxide/pdfs/20120522whitepaper.pdf EPA will accept written comments on the white paper through June 22, 2012. EPA ...

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Boiler MACT, NHSM Rule, and CISWI NSPS In OMB Review

The final Boiler MACT standard, NHSM Rule, CISWI NSPS, and Boiler Area Source NESHAP amendments are in OMB review, indicating that these rules could be released in the next few weeks.  EPA stated that they planned to issue the rules by May 2012.  However, it appears that the final rules will be released in June ...

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EPS Launches Updated Website

EPS is pleased to announce the launch of our updated website.  The new site provides a more complete summary of our services and our people.  Visit our News & Events page for ongoing updates on regulatory developments and events.  Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Linked In.  See the links provided on our home ...

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EPA Issues Final Ozone Nonattainment Area Designations

On April 30, 2012, EPA issued the final nonattainment area designations for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).  In 2008, EPA set the NAAQS for ozone at 75 ppb (8-hour average).  Of the 45 nonattainment areas, only 3 are new.  The remaining areas are part of existing nonattainment areas for the 1997 ...

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Georgia EPD Issues Final Industrial Storm Water General Permit

On April 16, 2012, Georgia EPD issued the final 2012 Industrial Storm Water NPDES General Permit.  The new permit will be effective June 1, 2012.  Facilities subject to the general permit are required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for coverage under the new permit by July 1, 2012.  The existing general permit remains ...

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