Friday, May 15, 2020

DEP Invites Comments On New General Permit For Natural Gas-Fired Combined Heat And Power Facilities

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the May 16 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a proposed Air Quality General Permit for Natural Gas-Fired Combined Heat And Power Facilities of less than 25 megawatts.  (formal notice)
The general permit includes Best Available Technology requirements to meet emission limits for oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, non-methane non-ethane hydrocarbons, formaldehyde, total particulate matter and carbon dioxide.
The general permit includes initial and continuous scheduled performance testing requirements, as well as periodic emissions monitoring using portable emissions analyzers. 
The general permit also includes monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements designed to keep the facility operating within all applicable State and Federal air quality requirements, such as: records of maintenance performed; municipal notifications; malfunction reporting; and annual facility inventory reporting. 
All records required must be maintained onsite or at the nearest local field office for a minimum of 5 years. 
The general permit includes an application fee of $1,700 required to authorize the construction of sources subject to New Source Performance Standards and a general operating permit application fee of $375 and an annual operating permit administration fee of $375. 
The general permit also includes an administrative amendment fee of $300. The term for the general permit is 5 years and authorization can be renewed before the expiration date.
Read the entire PA Bulletin notice for more information.  Questions should be directed to David Clark, DEP, by sending an email to: or call 717--772-3942.
[Posted: May 15, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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