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New Source Review (NSR) Permitting

Best Available Control Technology (BACT) Applicability

Date Title EPA Office Author Issues Addressed
03/30/1978 BACT Applicability for Coke Oven Batteries SSCD Reich, Edward Concerns the applicability of PSD and BACT to a replacement coke oven battery that is serviced by an existing by-product’s plant whose SO2 emissions do not increase as a result of the replacement coke oven battery.
06/16/2004 Brooklyn Navy Yard Clean Unit Determination Region 2

Riva, Steven

Whether existing combustion turbines at the Brooklyn Navy Yard are eligible for a Clean Unit exemption under NSR.
06/01/1978 Interpretation of PSD Regulations as they Apply to CIBRO, Albany, New York SSCD Reich, Edward Addresses a number of questions regarding an ongoing construction project, including:  When a new source incorporates one or more existing facilities, should the emissions from those facilities be considered when calculating potential new emissions for PSD purposes; What would be the result if such existing facilities had been moved to a different location within the same airshed; Could facilities be exempt from BACT requirements simply because they are “pre-existing” sources?
12/11/1978 PSD Applicability - Temporary Emissions SSCD Reich, Edward Whether construction-related emissions should be considered in determining whether a source is subject to PSD review or in determining whether a source is required to undergo second-tier review, and whether BACT should be applied to the emissions associated with the construction.
09/29/1978 BACT Exemptions in PSD Review SSCD Reich, Edward Responds to request for clarification of BACT exemption in 52.21(j)(4) of the PSD regulations for a new or reconstructed source, and whether PSD applies to temporary asphalt batch processing plants.
06/15/1993 BACT Applicability Region 4   Speaks to which emission units are required to undergo a BACT review and resolves an apparent contradiction between EPA guidance and the PSD regulations as it concerns BACT applicability.
06/08/2004 Clarification That BACT Analysis Under PSD is Applicable for A Proposed Modification to the Rotary Kiln Region 6 Neleigh, David Addresses a proposed modification to the rotary kiln located at the Holcim US, Inc., Ada Portland Cement Plant. The project includes replacing a “direct” firing system with an “indirect” firing system and replacing the existing burner within the kiln. Clarifies whether a burner of the indirect firing system is part of the changed emissions unit (the kiln) and thus subject to BACT.
12/24/1997 BACT Analysis for Westvaco Corporation Paper Mill in Luke, Maryland Region 3 Katz, Judith and Smolksi, Robert Pertains to BACT applicability for a modification involving replacement of digesters at a Kraft paper mill and whether to treat power boilers as part of the digester emissions unit for purposes of BACT.
11/30/2000 PSD Questions Associated with Proposed Modification at E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company's Spruance Plant Region 3 Katz, Judith Pertains to a proposed project at DuPont’s synthetic fiber manufacturing facility and discusses how “emissions unit” is defined under the NSR program and how an NSPS can be helpful in defining the scope of the emissions unit for purposes of applying BACT.
02/08/2000 Applicability of PSD to Debottlenecked Sources Region 5 Miller, Robert Relates to the applicability of BACT for emission units that are unchanged and debottlenecked as a result of a physical change or change in the method of operation.
12/13/2000 Southern LNG, Inc., Elba Island Terminal, Savannah Georgia Draft Air Quality Permit and PSD Preliminary Determination Region 4 Neeley, R. Douglas Pertains to a draft PSD permit for reactivation of a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal that involves replacing 5 LNG vaporizers with 5 larger capacity LNG vaporizers. Addresses how to treat emissions units for PSD applicability purposes under EPA’s Reactivation Policy and provides comments on several portions of the draft permit, including the vaporizer BACT, the air quality impact assessment, emission inventories used in the NAAQS and PSD compliance monitoring, and ozone ambient conditions.

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