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New Source Review (NSR) Permitting

Class I Areas

Date Title EPA Office Author Issues Adressed
04/05/1978 PSD Determination - Pittston Petroleum Refinery, Eastport, Maine SSCD

Reich, Edward

Responds to questions raised regarding the emissions and permitting of a refinery that plans locate in close proximity to a Class I area where ships en route to and from the facility may have adverse impact on the Class I increment.  
  Response to Follow-Up Questions from the Hearing on "Air Quality Issues Affecting our Forests and Public Lands" Administrator Reilly, William Responds to several follow-up questions from a hearing, including projecting SO2 and NOx emissions, the impact of the acid rain statutory trading provisions on Class I areas, status of the WEPCO rule, effect of the WEPCO rule on Class I areas, status of the Top-Down BACT policy and its effect on Class I areas. 
10/19/1992 Clarification of PSD Guidance for Modeling Class 1 Area Impacts OAQPS Seitz, John Pertains to the appropriate modeling range for Class I area impacts analyses.
02/26/1981 EPA, FWS, NPS Coordination Procedures for Determining Air Quality Impact in Region IV Class I Areas Region 4 Devine, Thomas Explains EPA Region 4 procedures for coordinating and notifying FWS and NPS when a SIP, PSD permit application, or SO2 variance requests may affect any Class I areas.
11/29/1978 National Asphalt Pavement Association Questions and Answers on PSD CPDD Tyler, Darryl Responds to several PSD questions from a trade association, including: (1) whether asphalt hot-mix plants meeting the requirements of SIP and NSPS, and not impacting on a Class I area or area of a known violation of an applicable increment, must undergo a full PSD review? (2) What is a "safe distance" from a Class I area? (3) whether the 50-ton source requirements apply to nonattainment areas, and does the offset requirement apply to such a source? (4) What is the definition of a known violation of an applicable PSD increment? and (6) How are the emissions for a hot-mix asphalt plant calculated?
09/10/1991 Class I Area Significant Impact Levels OAQPS Calcagni, John Response to request that EPA develop significant impact levels (SILs) for Class I area PSD increments and weighs in on a state’s proposed methodology for developing NO2 and SO2 SILs prior to EPA establishing national Class I SILs.
12/10/2001 Response to September 7, 2001 Letter on PSD OAQPS Seitz, John Regards the modeling method used to track PSD increment consumption and the use of continuous emissions monitor (CEM) data to replace calculated emissions values based on permit limits. Also addresses how the Federal Land Manager (FLM) certifications and variance procedures in the Clean Air Act (CAA) affect increment.
03/19/1979 Notification to Federal Land Manager Under Section 165(d) of the Clean Air Act OAR Hawkins, David

Provides listing of Federal Officials responsible for each of the Class I areas under the jurisdiction of the U. S. Forest Service and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and transmits a letter directing that the Chief of the Forest Service is the delegated authority to act as the FLM for all lands under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service.

03/11/1991 New Source Review (NSR) Program Supplemental Transitional Guidance on Applicability of New Part D NSR Permit Requirements OAQPS Seitz, John Provides guidance on the permitting of new or modified sources in situations where a State does not submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision implementing the augmented Part D NSR provisions of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments by the applicable statutory deadline.
04/23/1982 Department of Interior Procedures for Determinations of Adverse Impact on Certain Federal Lands under the PSD Program OAR Schneeberg, Sara and Wyckoff, Peter Reviews the Department of Interior’s internal procedures for making air quality related value (AQRV) determinations in federal Class I areas and provides an example of DOI applying its AQRV procedures.
04/08/1981 Written Response to National Park Service Regarding Concerns over the Limited Time NPS has to Review PSD Permit Applications for Facilities that may Impact Class I Areas OAR Tuerk, Edward Affirms EPA policy for timely transmittal of PSD permits affecting Class I areas as identified in 3/19/79 Hawkins memo. Also responds to NPS’s request for EPA to initiate rulemaking to ensure NPS has notice of each PSD source with potential Class I area impacts. 

Related Topics: Visibility Assessment and Air Quality Related Values (AQRVs)

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