Operating Permit Overview

Historically, operating permits issued by states were used to track sources, collect fees or confirm compliance requirements for a newly constructed source. They did not impose new requirements and were generally not federally enforceable. The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) created a new federally enforceable operating permit program that brings all control requirements under one federally enforceable permit. The operating permit is designed to be the key enforcement tool to be used by EPA in overseeing implementation of the Act.

The new federally enforceable operating permit program covers both new and existing major sources. Following EPA guidelines, all states and local permitting agencies that were required to develop operating permit regulations have submitted them to EPA. To date, 50 state programs and all 60 local programs have been approved. Under the program, annual fees of at least $25/ton of regulated pollutant must be imposed to cover the state's implementation costs, unless a state is able to show that a smaller fee is adequate to fund this program.

All air pollution control requirements applicable to an industrial source will be incorporated into the federal operating permit. The permit provisions will impose detailed requirements, including emissions limitations, schedules of compliance and monitoring requirements. Increased emphasis will be placed on the self-reporting of excesses or violations by a source owner.

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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