Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Georgia EPD Proposed Change To Excess Emission Rule

The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has proposed amendments to Georgia’s Rules for Air Quality Control, Chapter 391-3-1.

EPD is proposing changes to Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(a)7; “Excess Emissions,” is being renamed “Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Emissions”; this section describes requirements for minimizing excess emissions during periods of Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction (SSM) for certain Georgia Rules and retains the language of the former Excess Emission Rule. The section is amended to comply with EPA’s Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction (SSM) SIP Call, while addressing process equipment and air pollution control equipment limitations by including the option of complying with alternative work practice standards during periods of startup and shutdown.

A section “Malfunction Emissions,” is being added to allow compliance with source-specific alternative work practice standards during periods of malfunctions.

Rules changes will be submitted as a SIP revision to EPA.

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