Alaska Air Quality Permit - Title V Operating Permit (15-AK-c)
Operating permits are especially useful for businesses covered by more than one part of the Clean Air Act and additional state or local requirements, since information about all of a source's air pollution is in one place. The permit program simplifies and clarifies businesses' obligations for cleaning up air pollution and can reduce paperwork. For instance, a power plant may be covered by the acid rain, toxic air pollutant, and smog (ground-level ozone) sections of the Clean Air Act. Air emissions, including from cooling towers as well as fugitive dust during project construction, are evaluated. The detailed information required by those separate sections is consolidated into one place in an operating permit.
Operation permits are also known as Title V permits. Title V is a federal program designed to standardize air quality permits and the permitting process for major sources of emissions across the country. The name "Title V" comes from Title V of the 1990 federal Clean Air Act Amendments which requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a national, operating permit program. Accordingly, EPA adopted regulations under 40 CFR part 70, which require states and local permitting authorities to develop and submit federally enforceable operating permit programs for United States Environmental Protection Agency approval.See State of Alaska Operation Permit Application Website.
Air Quality Permit - Title V Operating Permit Process
15-AK-c.1 - Apply for Operating Permit Within 12 Months of Becoming Subject to Title V Conditions
15-AK-c.2 - Are Any Emissions Insignificant
Insignificant emissions are listed in Alaska Stat. § 18.50.
15-AK-c.3 to 15-AK-c.4 - Certify all Insignificant Emissions to ADEC and do not Include in Title V Permit Application
ADEC has a list of insignificant activity exceptions that are to be included in the application. See 18 AAC 50.326(d).
15-AK-c.5 - Application for Title V Operating Permit
The applications are available on the State of Alaska Operation Permit Application Website. The forms are new and effective, but not required until March 13, 2013.
15-AK-c.6 to 15-AK-c.7 - Review Application Materials for Completeness
A comprehensive checklist is used in assessing the completeness of Title V applications. The checklist also includes a comments section for each requirement for the department to make notes of deficiencies.
15-AK-c.8 to 15-AK-c.9 - Draft Operating Permit
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation drafts a public notice draft packet consisting of a notice, statement of basis and draft permit.
15-AK-c.10 - Review Final Draft Permit
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation responds to comments and testimony and edits the draft final packet consistent with responses. Then ADEC forwards the draft permit to United States Environmental Protection Agency.
15-AK-c.11 - Does EPA Regional Administrator Approve Final Permit
15-AK-c.12 - Resolve Objections of the EPA Regional Administrator Before Issuing Permit
15-AK-c.13 - Title V Operating Permit
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