Announcements for New Source Review
News and updates on the oil and TCEQ air rules that affect the gas industry.
June 30, 2014: The TCEQ Air Permits Division has developed draft air quality modeling guidelines to provide staff with a process to evaluate and determine air quality impacts analysis requirements for case-by-case permit reviews. While the focus of the document is on the technical review process, it is available to the regulated community and the public to provide an understanding of air quality impacts analysis requirements and processes that affect air permit applications.
The division is soliciting comments on the draft guidance. Please review the draft guidance and provide comments to Modguide@tceq.texas.gov by no later than August 31, 2014. Comments received will be considered as the draft guidance is finalized. Once final, the guidance will supersede Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines, RG-25, February, 1999.
If you have any questions about this draft guidance, please contact the TCEQ Air Permits Division at 512-239-1250.
- November 22, 2013: New Meteorological Datasets are available for use with AERMOD The Air Dispersion Modeling Team has completed the update of pre-processed meteorological data for the state of Texas using AERMET version 12345. These meteorological datasets are replacing the pre-processed meteorological datasets processed with AERMET version 11059.
- June 25, 2013: House Bill (HB) 788 authorizes TCEQ Permitting of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
- June 14, 2013: HB 788, 83rd Legislature, became law. This legislation gives Texas the authority to develop rules to authorize major sources of GHG emissions to the extent required by federal law. Texas is currently subject to a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP), which means that major sources of GHG emissions are required to obtain a GHG permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In order to implement HB 788, several chapters in the Texas Administrative Code relating to air permitting and public notice will need to be amended. After the necessary rule changes are adopted by the TCEQ, they must be approved by EPA as part of the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) before TCEQ can begin reviewing applications and issuing permits for GHG emissions.
EPA will remain the permitting authority for GHG emissions in Texas until rulemaking is completed, EPA approves the SIP and then withdraws the FIP. TCEQ will be coordinating with EPA regarding the transition period for accepting and processing GHG applications, and will make that information available as it develops. If you have any questions about the permitting of GHG emissions by TCEQ, please contact Tasha Burns, Air Permits Division, at (512) 239-5868.
To get the latest information from TCEQ about GHG permitting, sign up for the email group "Greenhouse Gas: Announcements." TCEQ will use this email group to provide information on topics related to GHG including: rulemaking, permitting, policies, guidance, compliance information, and other announcements.
- May 16, 2013: Request for Comments on Proposed Changes to Fugitive Boilerplate Special Condition
The TCEQ Air Permits Division (APD) is soliciting comments from the regulated community on proposed changes to the Fugitive boilerplate special condition (28VHP). To facilitate the review, a summary of changes made to the condition is available, as well as the proposed condition. Please review the proposed condition and provide comments to email@example.com by no later than July 12, 2013.
- September 11, 2012: TCEQ Announces revisions to its SOP program related to the use of IBR of major NSR permits