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From: U.S. EPA
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Subject: News Brief: Flexible Air
Permits Proposed to Prevent Pollution and Paperwork
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– Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007)
Protection Agency (EPA)
Flexible Air Permits Proposed to Prevent
Pollution and Paperwork
Contact: John Millett, (202) 564-4355 / email@example.com
EPA is proposing changes to air quality permitting rules to encourage pollution
prevention; provide increased flexibility, enable industrial facilities to make
rapid changes to respond to market demands; save resources for state permitting
authorities, and improve public information.
The proposed changes would affect both EPA's operating permits and New Source
Review (NSR) programs. Under the proposed changes to the operating permits
program, a facility with a flexible permit would explain its operational plans
and possible changes to those plans for the duration of the permit term –
typically 5 years. The state, local or tribal air quality permitting authority
would include permit conditions to ensure protection of public health and the
environment for all of those operating conditions. These flexible permits do
not provide approval for operational changes not within the scope of conditions
considered at the time of the permit application, and facilities would still be
required to meet their requirements under the Clean Air Act.
The proposed revisions to the NSR program would govern when advance approvals
of certain changes would be appropriate.
EPA and states have been testing many of the flexible permitting approaches for
more than a decade. Based on the agency's evaluation of pilot projects, EPA
expects that these proposed changes will promote significant environmental and
economic benefits, while reducing administrative workload for both permitting
authorities and facilities.
EPA will accept comment on this proposed rule for 60 days after it is published
in the Federal Register.
More about the proposal: http://epa.gov/nsr/actions.html#aug07
Information about EPA's New Source Review program: http://epa.gov/nsr/
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