Comment Periods Now Open
Proposed SIP Revision: Proposed Maintenance Plan and Redesignation Request for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 Standard: Lancaster Area
The comment period is now open for this proposed SIP revision. Documents related to this proposed SIP revision can be found on the Pa SIPS page, under the heading "Reducing Fine Particle Pollution."
Advisory Committee Meetings
Agendas and materials are posted approximately two weeks before each meeting.
Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee
Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee
111(d) Listening Sessions
In anticipation of proposed guidelines, the department invited interested parties to two listening sessions to obtain their views on the design of a State Plan should EPA move forward with the promulgation of Emission Guidelines for the reduction of carbon dioxide from power plants. Statements were received from 10 environmental groups and general public participants on Dec. 9th. On December 16, 2013, 12 participants from the regulated industry and organizations provided statements and comments for consideration by the Department.
DEP Finalizes Air Quality Permit Criteria for Unconventional Gas Well Sites
The Department of Environmental Protection announced on Aug. 8, 2013, that operators of unconventional gas wells will no longer be unconditionally exempt from seeking an air quality plan approval for well sites. Plan approval authorizes the construction and temporary operation of air emissions sources. Revised technical guidance, released by DEP today, explains that the agency may grant such operators a permitting exemption, provided that they implement controls and practices more stringent than federal rules.
DEP Conducting Long-Term Marcellus Shale Air Monitoring Study in Southwestern Pennsylvania
The Department of Environmental Protection announced in July of 2012 that it had begun a long-term, one-year air monitoring study of Marcellus shale development. The study, which was to take place in Washington County, would 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.
On Aug. 1, 2013, DEP released the Technical Support Document that outlines the methodology, study goals and technical information about the study.
Final 2017 Annual and Ozone Season CAIR Nitrogen Oxides Allowance Allocations; Final 2017 New Unit Allowance Allocations; Final Redistribution of 2011 Allowances for Certain Facilities; and Extension of CAIR Nitrogen Oxides Set Aside Program for Offsetting Sulfur Dioxide Emissions
On Saturday, May 11, 2013 and Saturday May 25, 2013, Notice was given in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (Department) 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. 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.
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.
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 Comments on Revisions to the US EPA's proposed "Revisions to Federal Implementation Plans to Reduce Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone"
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)
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).
2014 Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan
The commonwealth’s Air Monitoring Network Plan outlines DEP’s proposed changes to its air quality monitoring network. First, the department intends to continue a correlation study on the PM2.5 monitoring equipment, namely the comparison of the manual Federal Reference Method and automated Federal Equivalent Method Beta Attenuation Monitor readings at certain sites. Secondly, DEP is planning to install a new PM2.5 monitoring site in Lancaster County to meet monitoring requirements in this area pursuant to 40 CFR Part 58, Appendix D. Third, DEP will continue the long-term air monitoring study in Washington County in areas that are close to permanent natural gas processing facilities. Finally, the plan describes a proposal to relocate a volatile organic compound sampler from Springville in Susquehanna County to a site in Wyoming County to monitor areas near shale gas related drilling activities.
Notice of the availability of the plan for public review and comment was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on May 4, 2013 (43 Pa. B. 2514). During the public comment period, which closed on June 4, 2013, DEP received comments from 22 interested parties that are addressed in the below Comment and Response Document.
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 2013 is $85/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.