Modeling and Effects Review Advisory Group
The Modeling and Effects Review Advisory Group was established in October 2006 by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Air Permits Division (APD). This group is an open participation group that meets on a periodic basis.
About This Advisory Group
The Modeling and Effects Review Advisory Group provides APD staff with expanded knowledge and resources to meet existing and future issues related to air dispersion modeling and effects review related to the air permitting process. The challenges for the group include:
- Issues related to the use of regulatory air dispersion models in the permitting process such as SCREEN3, AERMOD (American Meteorological Society / EPA Regulatory Model), ISCST3 (Industrial Source Complex Model version 3), and CALPUFF (California Puff Model).
- Update of RG-324, Modeling and Effects Review Applicability: When to Conduct a Modeling and Effects Review to address applicable air dispersion models and effects related to emissions from:
- production and maintenance, startup and shutdown (MSS);
- permits by rule;
- standard permits.
- Update of RG-25, Air Quality Modeling Guidelines to address:
- new regulatory air dispersion models;
- new National Ambient Air Quality Standards;
- and effects reviews for Class I areas and Regional Haze.
- Draft Modeling and Effect Review Applicability (MERA) guidance document:
Participating in This Advisory Group
This group is open to the public. Anyone who wishes to join may attend its meetings. We anticipate that the group will consist of public and public interest groups; industry and industry groups; small business owners; professional organizations; government regulators; consultants; attorneys; engineers; individual citizens; and agency staff.
The next meeting of the Advisory Group on Modeling and Effects Review has not yet been scheduled. The time, place, and agenda will be posted here when available.
For more information or to suggest topics for meetings, our main Air Permits Division line, 512-239-1250. You may also e-mail your question or comment to email@example.com. Be sure to put "Modeling and Effects Review Advisory Group" in the subject line of your e-mail.