Comment Periods Now Open
2014 Annual Network Plan for the Ambient Air Monitoring Network
The 2014 Annual Air Monitoring Network Plan is now available for public review. The network plan addresses changes that have been made in Pennsylvania’s ambient air monitoring network during the past year, as well as changes that are anticipated to occur in 2014. The public is invited to submit comments on this network plan. All comments must be received by the department on or before June 4, 2013. Written comments should be sent to the attention of Nicholas Lazor, Chief, Division of Air Quality Monitoring, Bureau of Air Quality, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468 or by e-mail to email@example.com. Use “Annual Monitoring Network Plan” as the subject line.
Advisory Committee Meetings
Agendas and materials are posted approximately two weeks before each meeting.
Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee
Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee
GENERAL PLAN APPROVAL AND/OR GENERAL OPERATING PERMIT
Natural Gas Compression and/or Processing Facilities
Conditions, Application, and Instructions are all available on the Air Quality General Permits Page.
Final 2016 Annual and Ozone Season CAIR Nitrogen Oxides Allowance Allocations, Final 2016 New Unit Allowance Allocation,
Final Redistribution of 2011-2015 Allowances for Certain Facilities, and Extension of CAIR NOx Set-Aside Program for Offsetting Sulfur Dioxide Emissions
On Saturday, July 28, 2012, notice was given in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing notice of the finalization of the referenced allocations and extension. On December 10, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted a final rule approving the Pennsylvania CAIR State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision (74 FR 65446, Dec. 10, 2009). Therefore, these allocations replace those under the EPA’s Federal Implementation Plan. Please note, EPA has filled the facility accounts with 2013 CAIR NOx annual and Ozone allowances. Questions concerning this notice should be directed to Mr. Randy Bordner, Chief, Stationary Source Section, Bureau of Air Quality at (717)772-3921 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Single Stationary Source Determinations for the Oil & Gas Industry
This policy applies to case-by-case analyses conducted by DEP’s air program permitting staff when determining whether stationary sources at oil and gas facilities should be considered a single source for permitting requirements applicable to air permitting programs including PSD, Non-attainment NSR, and Title V Permits. The policies and procedures outlined in this guidance are intended to supplement existing requirements. Nothing in the policies or procedures shall affect regulatory requirements.
DEP Launches Long-Term Marcellus Shale Air Monitoring Study in Southwestern Pennsylvania
The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it has begun a long-term, one-year air monitoring study of Marcellus shale development. The study, which will take place in Washington County, will measure ambient airborne pollutants in an effort to determine potential air quality impacts associated with the processing and transmission of unconventional natural gas.
The data from the study will allow DEP to assess any potential long-term impact of emissions from unconventional natural gas operations to nearby communities. This initiative will also assist the DEP in its efforts to address the cumulative impact of these operations in the Marcellus shale region.
For more information, call DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality at 717-787-9702.
The 2011 PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program.
The Program opened on Oct. 17, 2011, and closed on Dec. 15, 2011. The Department had $561,977 available for this Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant program. The DERA grants were awarded to the following organizations:
- Convoy Solutions, LLC, of Knoxville, TN
Convoy Solutions, LLC, was awarded a grant of $228,985. Their proposed project includes the installation of a Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) parking facility at the Flying J Travel Center located on U.S. Route 11 near Interstate 81. The specific anti-idle technology being deployed is the IdleAir™ TSE system. The IdleAir™ is TSE single system that is capable of providing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to any truck, regardless of the availability of on-board truck technology.
- Hoopes Turf Farm, Inc., of Ulysses, PA
Hoopes Turf Farm, Inc. (HTF) was awarded a grant of $285,000. HTF has proposed to replace 6 heavy-duty, long-haul, diesel-fueled trucks in their fleet with 6 liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled trucks. The project entails purchasing six 2013 Peterbilt™ Model 388 LNG-fueled tractors. HTF will also purchase a 6,000-gallon Automated LNG Mobile Fueling System that will be made available for public access. HTF’s public-access LNG fueling system will be the first in Pennsylvania.
- Clean Textile Systems LP of Pittsburgh, PA
Clean Textile Systems LP, also known as CleanCare™, was awarded a grant of $47,992. Clean Textile Systems LP will replace 5 diesel-fueled delivery trucks with 5 compressed natural gas-fueled trucks. The 5 new trucks will displace approximately 6,203 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
Contact: Nancy Herb, 717-783-9269.
DEP Comments on Revisions to the US EPA's proposed "Revisions to Federal Implementation Plans to Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone"
Northcentral Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Short-Term Ambient Air Sampling Report
As previously in the northeast and southwest, and in response to the increased number of well sites and concerns about the impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas development activities on air quality, the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection launched a short-term, screening-level air quality sampling initiative in the northcentral region in August 2010, culminating in December 2010. This report includes the findings of the screening air sampling surveys conducted by PA DEP in Bradford, Lycoming, and Tioga Counties, and background sampling conducted in Sullivan County. (PDF 1.3MB)
Northeastern Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Short-Term Ambient Air Sampling Report
As previously in the southwest, and in response to the increased number of well sites and concerns about the impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas development activities on air quality, the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection launched a short-term, screening-level air quality sampling initiative in the northeast region in August 2010, culminating in October 2010. This report includes the findings of the screening air sampling surveys conducted by PA DEP in Susquehanna County and background sampling conducted in Sullivan County. (PDF 2.3MB)
Evaluation of Total Particulate Matter Emissions From Coal-Fired Electric Generation Units
In November 2008, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection initiated a source testing project to evaluate particulate matter emitted from coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs) in Pennsylvania. The study was designed to determine the quality and accuracy of total particulate matter emission testing available to the Department for this source category which includes all coal-fired and waste coal-fired electric utility steam generating units. (PDF)
Southwestern Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Short-term Ambient Air Sampling Report
In response to the increased number of well sites and concerns about the impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling activities on air quality, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP or Department) launched a short-term, screening- level air quality sampling initiative in the southwest region in April 2010; the project was completed in August 2010. (PDF 2MB)
Air Toxics and Schools
response to a USA TODAY Special Report on air toxics and schools, the DEP has
tested the air at Pennsylvania schools "ranked" by the USA TODAY as
possibly the worst. The below news releases and reports detail the findings.
Results of Ongoing Testing Show Air Quality is Safe Near
Schools in Beaver and Erie Counties (9/17/09)
DEP Testing Finds Air Quality Around Schools
be Safe (5/28/09)
Inspects Scrapyards, Steel Plant to Find Source
Elevated Levels of Air Pollutants (4/8/09)
Finds Air Quality Around Schools to be Safe
to Monitor Air Quality Near Schools Cited in
USA Today Report (12/11/08)
TODAY Special Report (12/8/08)
EPA Sampling Reports
Riverside Elementary, Reading
Kreutz Creek Valley Elementary, Hallam
DEP Sampling Reports (PDF)
St. Vitus School, New Castle
Elementary/Middle School, Midland
Muhlenberg CTC, Reading
Grove Mennonite, Lancaster
Academy Charter School, Coatesville
Area Kindergarten Center, Phoenixville
Brook Elementary School, York
Middle School, Erie
Final Report - Pennsylvania Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act (Act 78 of 2008)
The Pennsylvania Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act, enacted on July 10, 2008, mandates the use of renewable fuels and promotion of the production of renewable fuels in Pennsylvania in order to grow the state's economy and reduce it's dependence on foreign fuels. The Act establishes biodiesel and ethanol volume standards once certain production triggers have been met.
The act also requires that an ambient air quality study be completed by an independent third party qualified to conduct an ambient air quality study to determine the impact of the act on the Commonwealth's ability to achieve and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
Report - Special Carlisle Area Fine Particulate Air Monitoring Study
As a result of concerns raised by local residents due to the increased emissions
from truck traffic, Carlisle area residents, the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania
(CAB), and the Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) conducted an ambient
air quality study focusing on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the Carlisle
area. Results of the study and the entire report can be viewed by clicking on
the link above.
of the Air Quality Program
This report, which is required
under Section 4.3 of the Air Pollution Control Act (APCA or Act 95 of 1992), evaluates
the effectiveness of programs adopted to implement Clean Air Act Amendments of
Control Techniques Guidelines This page has information about the Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs) documents
issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1994 through 2008.
The CTGs are documents issued by the EPA to provide States with the EPA’s
recommendation on how to control the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC)
from a specific type of product or source category in an ozone nonattainment area.
EMISSION FEE PRICES In accordance with § 127.705(e), the emissions fee for air pollutants emitted in calendar year 2012 is $57.50/ton of "regulated pollutant" as defined in § 127.705(d).
DIESEL IDLING LAW On
October 9, 2008, the Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act
was signed into law (Act 124). Taking effect 120 days from enactment, the law restricts most
diesel-powered motor vehicles over 10,000 pounds from idling more than five minutes
in any continuous 60-minute period, with a number of exemptions. Click here for information about Pennsylvania's new Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicle Idling Act.
Mine Fire Mercury Study
The DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ)
and the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR) partnered to
study of mercury emissions from a coal mine fire, with financial support from
the United States EPA and OSM. The final report is now available.
Dry Cleaner Compliance Calendar Now Available
AREA AIR MONITORING REPORT DEP is investigating trichloroethylene levels
in the air for two reasons: historic groundwater contamination and nearby air
Information and Raw Data
3rd Report (PDF)(11/17/09)