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Air Quality - General Permits

Advantages to General Permits

  • Simplified application and permit issuance process
  • Standardized permit conditions providing consistency across industry sectors
  • Additional individual public notice and comment period not required
  • Flexibility to construct or modify equipment without a construction permit
  • Pre-determined eligibility criteria

Below is a list of the Bureau of Air Quality's current general permits:

Asphalt Plants (General Conditional Major)
Hot mix, warm mix, and cold mix asphalt plants may be eligible for a general permit if they only operate asphalt concrete production and the only sources of emissions are:

  • systems for drying aggregate;
  • systems for screening, handling, storing, and weighing hot aggregate;
  • systems for receiving, storing, and transferring virgin aggregate;
  • systems for receiving, crushing, screening, storing and transferring non-virgin aggregate;
  • systems for receiving, storing, and transferring asphalt cement;
  • systems for mixing aggregate with asphalt cement;
  • systems for the storing and dispensing of asphalt;
  • asphalt cement and fuel storage tanks;
  • auxiliary heaters (including hot oil heaters) with a heat input rate less than million each; and
  • associated emission control systems.

Concrete Plants (General State Operating, General Conditional Major, General Construction)
Concrete batch plants, concrete block production facilities, and pug mills may be eligible for a general permit if they are only comprised of the following:

  • sand and aggregate storage;
  • sand and aggregate transfer to elevated bin;
  • cement and/or cement supplement loading;
  • weigh hopper loading;
  • truck loading, central mixer loading, and/or pug mixer loading;
  • loading, transfer or storage associated with emission control systems; and
  • boilers or other fuel combustion devices less than 30 million BTU per hour

Fuel Combustion Operations (General Conditional Major)
Facilities may be eligible for a general permit for fuel combustion operations if they only have the following:

  • boilers;
  • emergency generators;
  • non-emergency generators (for example, peak-shaving generators);
  • fuel storage tanks; and
  • ethylene oxide sterilizers (hospitals).

Petroleum Distribution Operations (General Conditional Major)
Facilities may be eligible for a general permit for petroleum distribution operations if they only are comprised of the following:

  • storage tanks;
  • loading racks and associated control devices where applicable;
  • fuel burning operations;
  • emergency generators;
  • other Department approved equipment.

Textile Operations (General Conditional Major, General State Operating)
Textile operation may be eligible for a general permit if the facility conducts any of the following:

  • staple fibers and filaments suitable for conversion to or use as yarns, or for the preparation of woven, knit, or nonwoven fabrics;
  • yarns made from natural or manufactured fiber;
  • fabrics and other manufactured products made from staple fibers and filaments and from yarn; and/or
  • garments and other articles fabricated from fibers, yarns, or fabrics.

Facilities may be comprised of the following:

  • fuel combustion sources;
  • greige operations;
  • dyeing, finishing, printing and coating operations;
  • slashing operations; and/or
  • storage vessels and tanks.

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