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Alaska Air Quality Permit - Title V Operating Permit (15-AK-c)

One of the major initiatives Congress added to the Clean Air Act in 1990 is an operating permit program for larger industrial and commercial sources that release pollutants into the air. Operating permits include information on which pollutants are being released, how much may be released, and what kinds of steps the source's owner or operator is required to take to reduce pollution. Permits must include plans to measure and report the air pollution emitted. States and tribes can issue operating permits. If those governments do not do a satisfactory job of carrying out the Clean Air Act permitting requirements, EPA can take over issuing permits.

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

The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides additional guidance on the air permit process that is available on the EPA Title V Policy and Guidance Database website.

15-AK-c.12 - Resolve Objections of the EPA Regional Administrator Before Issuing Permit

The applicant, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and United States Environmental Protection Agency may work to resolve any issues or objections before the final issue of the permit.

15-AK-c.13 - Title V Operating Permit

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