Monday, March 25, 2013

Greenhouse Gas Permitting Authority Approved For Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the State of Arkansas’ program for permitting new and modified facilities that emit significant amounts of greenhouse gas pollution (GHG) into the air. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) developed a state program to replace the existing federal program and submitted it for EPA review in November 2012.

Arkansas’ authority to issue air permits for new or modified GHG pollution sources will become effective in April 2013, four months after the EPA’s proposed approval of the program. Arkansas is the first state in its EPA Region to replace a federal implementation plan with their own State program, which will eliminate the need for businesses to seek air permits from two separate regulatory agencies. EPA will now rescind the federal program for GHG permitting in Arkansas.

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