Announcements for New Source Review
If you have questions about greenhouse gas Title V or PSD permitting in Texas, or obtaining a TCEQ-issued greenhouse gas Title V or PSD permit, please call the Air Permits Division at 512-239-1250.
February 23, 2015: The initial implementation of the Expedited Air Permitting Program began on November 13, 2014. Expedited air permitting was made available for Permits by Rule (PBRs) and Standard Permits (which do not require public notice) through the ePermits system on December 18, 2014. To allow applications for all air authorization types to participate in the initial program, the total surcharge collected for PBRs and Standard Permits (which do not require public notice) was initially limited to $300,000. Through the first few months of the program, there has been significantly more interest in expediting case-by-case new source review permit application reviews. Therefore, the Air Permits Division is no longer holding a specific amount of surcharge for PBRs and Standard Permits (which do not require public notice) and allowing requests for all types of authorizations until the fiscal year 2015 appropriations limit is reached.
To request the expediting of an application review, submit the TCEQ Form 20706 APD-EXP . Additionally, the Initial Implementation of the Expedited Permitting Program guidance document is available .
If you have questions about expediting the review of an application for an air authorization in Texas, please call the Air Permits Division main phone line at 512-239-1250.
November 10, 2014: Rules adopted by the commission to implement expedited air permitting in Texas will be effective on November 13, 2014.
To request expediting of an application, submit the TCEQ Form 20706 APD-EXP . Additionally, the Initial Implementation of the Expedited Permitting Program guidance document is now available.
For permits by rule (PBRs) and standard permits that do not require public notice, applicants are required to use the ePermits process to expedite the processing of the application. However, the ePermits system will not be available on November 13, 2014. TCEQ will not be accepting PBRs and standard permits without public notice expediting requests until the system is available. An announcement will be sent as soon as TCEQ and ePermits are ready to begin accepting expedited requests.
If you have questions about expediting an air permit in Texas, please call the Air Permits Division main phone line at 512-239-1250.
- September 23, 2014: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Air Permits Division has updated guidance on Estimating Short Term Emission Rates from Fixed Roof Tanks. This guidance is intended to assist the regulated community in preparing air quality permit applications. This supersedes all previous guidance provided by the TCEQ with regards to short term emissions from fixed roof tanks.
If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact the TCEQ Air Permits Division at 512-239-1250 and ask for a representative of the Chemical Section.
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