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Announcements for New Source Review

Announcements of meetings, regulatory changes, and other significant information from the Air Permits Division. List includes all announcements for approximately the past six-months.

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New Information November 8, 2018: Guidance on Changes to the EPA's "Once-In-Always-In" Policy for Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Standards

The TCEQ has developed guidance Adobe Acrobat PDF Document to supplement the U.S. EPA's January 25, 2018 memorandum Adobe Acrobat PDF Document which rescinded the EPA's 1995 "Once-in-always-in" policy Adobe Acrobat PDF Document concerning the applicability of 40 CFR Part 63 MACT standards to major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP). The guidance outlines the basic process by which a major source of HAP subject to a MACT standard can become an area source.


New Information November 1, 2018: New tools and policies are now available to process applications more efficiently and reduce permitting timeframes.

New Direct Assistance Guidance

These are standardized tools created for your use in preparing and submitting applications. There are several now available on our New Source Review Application Tools page and more are in development. We encourage you to check this website whenever preparing an air permit application to utilize all the latest resources available.

NSR Application Workbook

This workbook contains data currently submitted through the PI-1, Table 1(a), and Table 30 for New Source Review Permit Applications. It also guides the applicant through Best Available Control Technology, monitoring, and impacts summary requirements.

The NSR Application Workbook is available now at the above website. At this time, you can submit applications using the PDF or MS Word forms, but we strongly encourage you to start using this workbook now to improve your permitting timeline. It will be required starting on June 1, 2019. At that time, the PDF and MS Word versions of the PI-1 and Table 1(a) will no longer be available.

Electronic Modeling Evaluation Workbooks (EMEW)

These workbooks are the recommended method to submit modeling information. EMEWs are suitable for all minor projects and can be used with all model types. There are two versions: one for SCREEN3 and one for all other models.

The EMEWs are both available now at the above website. At this time, you can submit a modeling summary following the Initial Modeling Summary for New Source Review Projects Adobe Acrobat PDF Document guidance document, but we strongly encourage you to start using the EMEWs now to benefit from an efficient modeling audit process. Starting on June 1, 2019, all minor projects utilizing modeling to complete an impacts analysis must include an EMEW with the application submittal.

Paint Emission Calculation and Impacts Analysis Spreadsheet

This workbook is for all enclosed painting operations. You will be guided through calculating emission rates and conducting an impacts analysis for your project.

The Painting Spreadsheet is available now. We strongly encourage you to start using this workbook now to start benefiting from a streamlined permitting process. Starting on January 1, 2019, all enclosed painting projects will be required to submit this workbook with their application.

New Policies

Impacts Summary Timing

The Air Permits Division now requires an impacts summary with the application submittal for projects requiring an impacts analysis. This allows APD staff to conduct steps of the technical review concurrently rather than linearly, reducing timeframes. This up-front demonstration ensures that the impacts are acceptable before time is spent on the technical review.

Currently, all initial, most amendment, and some alteration projects require an impacts analysis to demonstrate compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Acceptable impacts for a project may be demonstrated through modeling, utilizing the Modeling and Effects Review Applicability process, a qualitative discussion, or some combination of those techniques. The impacts demonstrations can continue to utilize the techniques currently available. Projects which previously did not require modeling will continue to not require modeling.

If modeling is required, either an initial modeling summary or the EMEWs should be submitted with the permit application. The initial modeling summary is like what was requested for a pre-modeling meeting summary but now includes more documentation requirements and preliminary results.

For projects requiring PSD permitting, a protocol will be required with the application submittal. Preliminary results are not needed with the application for PSD projects.

Application forms have been updated as of October 1, 2018 to require an impacts summary with the application submittal. To allow for a transition period, applications will continue to be received and deemed administratively complete even if the impacts summary is not included. Beginning January 1, 2019, projects must include an impacts summary for the project to be declared administratively complete.

Incorporation by Consolidation

Currently, our memo indicates that all Permits by Rule, Standard Permits, and Standard Exemptions must be referenced when the New Source Review permit is next amended or renewed, and consolidation is voluntary. Consolidated authorizations are completely combined into the NSR permit and are voided upon completion of the NSR project.

The current consolidation process requires applicants to provide emission calculations, a BACT analysis, and an impacts demonstration for all consolidated sources. To avoid delays in the permit review process, this information is now required at the time of application submittal. If the information is not provided at the time of submittal, then the reviewer will use our standard template and reference the authorizations in the Special Conditions. This change became effective October 1, 2018.

ePermits

Beginning January 1, 2019, all APD-Certs and all notifications associated with Section 106.264, Replacement of Facilities, must be submitted electronically via ePermits.

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If you have questions about this announcement, please contact us.


June 19, 2018: Updates to Qualified Changes Under Senate Bill 1126 Section 116.116(e) Guidance and PI-E Form

The TCEQ is excited to release an updated Qualified Changes Under Senate Bill 1126 Section 116.116(e) Guidance Document and the PI-E Form and Instructions with the primary intent of clarifying guidance for the implementation of the legislation and Section 116.116(e).

The guidance, instructions, and form include updates to match rule language and intent, clarifying how certain “qualified” facilities may be authorized to make physical and operational changes without a requirement to obtain a permit amendment. Sections 116.10 and 116.116(e) were last amended in 2010 to address deficiencies identified by EPA and subsequently accepted by EPA as a part of the SIP, effective as of October 11, 2016.


May 2, 2018: ePermits Announcement

Starting July 1, 2018, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Air Permits Division (APD) will begin requiring all applicants to submit requests for change in ownership for all New Source Review (NSR) authorizations including registrations under permits by rule or Standard Permits via ePermits.

This requirement will not apply for NSR authorizations involved in a partial sale of a site or Federal Operating Permits (FOP). Submittal of these types is not yet available through the ePermits system.

Need help? A new ePermit webpage, Guidance for STEERS, has been created with helpful videos and other information useful for submitting applications via ePermits.


April 13, 2018: ePermits Announcement

With the latest update to ePermits, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Air Permits Division (APD) will begin accepting case-by-case renewals and confidential information through ePermits.

Need help? A new ePermit webpage, Guidance for STEERS, has been created with helpful videos and other information useful for submitting applications via ePermits.


March 12, 2018: Updates to Modeling and Effects Review Applicability (MERA) Guidance

The updated Modeling and Effects Review Applicability (MERA) Guidance Document Adobe Acrobat PDF Document has now been finalized.

The final document includes changes made in response to the comments received. The updated document includes limited technical changes and additional opportunities for streamlining the health impacts review process while continuing to ensure the protection of human health and welfare.


January 31, 2018: ePermits Announcement

Starting tomorrow, February 1, 2018, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Air Permits Division (APD) will begin requiring all applicants to submit permit-by-rule (PBR) and standard permit (STDP) registration applications via ePermits.

This requirement will not apply to Concrete Batch Plants, Rock and Concrete Crushers, Hot Mix Asphalt Plants, Polyphosphate Blenders, or portables. Submittal of these application types is not yet available through the ePermits system.

For more information on the background and purpose of ePermits, please see the August 8, 2017 approved memo titled Permit-By-Rule and Standard Permit Registration Application Procedures. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

Need help? A new ePermit webpage, Guidance for STEERS, has been created with helpful videos and other information useful for submitting applications via ePermits.


Questions? We Can Help

If you have questions regarding the announcements above, please contact us.