Environmental Permits

As a result of the Environmental Protection Act of 1970, the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) was created. The USEPA sets the standard for air quality in the United States. The USEAP grants authority for state level agencies to enforce USEPA regulations or to enforce stricter regulations as the state may choose to employ. Some states may elect to further delegate this responsibility to the county level, in select cases.

A new energy related project with emissions (i.e., if you consume a fuel and there is exhaust, you will have emissions) must go through environmental permitting.

Depending upon the level of emissions the project may require:
o Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)
o Title V
o Synthetic Minor / Non-PSD
o Registration

In many states, even if there is a local permitting authority, PSD and Title V permits require state approval.

The best bet before contemplating an energy project with an emissions profile is to talk to the permitting authority having jurisdiction for your project, before proceeding with significant work on the project.

Based upon the level of emissions and permit needed, you may be required to submit environmental modeling results and emissions control analysis.

Depending on the nature of the project, its emissions and the backlog of permit applications, typical permit timeframes may be:
o PSD or Title V: 3-9 months
o Synthetic Minor / Non-PSD: 2-3 months
o Registrations: <1 month, if required at all Contact IEA and one of our experts will assist you with the environmental permitting process. PSD Permit are when The potential for emissions from a stationary source greater than 250 tons per year (tpy) any individual “criteria pollutants” listed below considered major sources: • Nitric Oxides • Sulfur Dioxide • Carbon Monoxide • Particulate Matter • Volatile Organic Compounds Some categories host sources have threshold only 100 tpy. Existing can avoid permit by limiting new to less tpy. Synthetic Minor >