Friday, March 30, 2018

DEP Invites Comments On GP-5, 5A General Permits Setting Air Pollution Limits On Natural Gas Development Operations

The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the March 31 PA Bulletin inviting comments on Air Quality General Permits 5, 5A and changes to the Air Quality Permit Exemptions List for unconventional natural gas well, compressor stations, processing plants and transmission stations.
DEP had an initial comment period on these proposals that ended in June 2017 that generated more than 10,000 comments.  Based on those comments, DEP made significant changes to the proposals.
The general permits include emission limits, testing, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements designed to keep the facility operating within all applicable State and Federal air quality requirements.
The general permits also include the fee required to authorize the construction and operation of sources. The term for general permit is 5 years and authorization can be renewed before the expiration date.
These documents will be available on the Bureau of Air Quality’s General Permits webpage and by contacting Frank Zarefoss, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, 717-787-4325 or
Comments will be accepted until May 15, and copies of the proposal will be available, through DEP’s eComment webpage or by email to:  Written comments may be mailed to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.
Click Here to read the PA Bulletin notice for all the details.

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