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Indoor air quality is important for employee health and comfort. Poor air quality can lead to several negative health effects, including irritation, coughing, and fatigue. More serious health hazards such as occupational asthma, specific organ toxicity, or cancer can also occur, depending on the chemicals being handled on site. Because of this, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed permissible exposure limits (PELs) for several dusts, fumes, and vapors from various chemicals. These PELs, found in 29 CFR 1910.1000 Table Z-1, identify the maximum concentrations of different chemicals and materials an employee can be exposed over the course of an 8-hour work shift. Employees exposed to airborne concentrations of a material above a PEL may be at risk for serious health hazards. Continue reading “When Should You Retest Your Indoor Air Quality?”

Every year, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) requires that certain Title V major source facilities submit their air emission data to the state. EPD submits this emission data to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the National Emissions Inventory (NEI) released every three years. The NEI is a comprehensive and detailed estimate of air emissions comprising of data from State, Local, and Tribal air agencies across the country. This data is used by the agencies for rule development, attainment/nonattainment designations, and State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for attainment and maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Continue reading “2019 Air Emission Inventory Reporting – Georgia”

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) have issued a draft of the “Air Permit Application & Annual Permit Fees” manual and associated proposed rules update. The fees manual is released annually detailing application fees, annual permit fees, and procedures for calculating the fees and emissions for facilities. With this change, the annual air permit fees will increase effective July 1, 2020 and will apply to the fees due on September 1, 2020. Additionally, the fees for air permit applications will increase effective March 1, 2021. This proposed change is still open for comment. The GAEPD held an online public meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm. There were no comments received during the meeting. Written comments can still be submitted, but must be received by 4:30 PM on Monday, April 6, 2020. The proposed updates will then be voted on at the Board of Natural Resources meeting on May 19, 2020.
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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) has issued a draft “Air Permit Application & Annual Permit Fees” manual. Under this manual, the annual permit fees will be increasing, effective for fee payments this year. The fees for NSPS and Synthetic Minor Sources will be increasing by $500 and Title V Sources will now have an additional annual maintenance fee of $800. The GAEPD is also proposing to double the Air Permit Application fees, beginning March 1, 2021.

The GAEPD is hosting an online public hearing on these proposed amendments on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm. We at CTI will be participating in the public hearing and will post updates accordingly.

Check back with our blog for updates.

Combustible Dust Hazards and NFPA Compliance for Storage Equipment — Real World Insight from Team of Industry Experts on Dust Testing, Analysis and Recommendations for Deflagration Venting and Suppression

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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Environmental rules and regulations include deadlines for submission of reports, plans, fees, training, inspections, and analytical testing. Some of these tasks need to be submitted to the U.S. EPA, some to the State Regulatory Agency, and some to both. Some tasks are only required to be kept on file. We hope that this list of deadlines will assist your facility in maintaining compliance.
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nfpa.org, is an organization tasked with developing and maintaining fire protection and life safety standards in the United States and worldwide. In addition to subjects such as sprinkler design, flammable liquid storage, and emergency exit requirements, NFPA has standards that deal specifically with combustible dust; a topic that CTI has been focused on for over a decade. There are several NFPA Standards that address combustible dust: NFPA 652 – Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, is the overarching standard that applies to all facilities, and there are also several commodity-specific dust standards (e.g. 61 for agricultural and food, 664 for wood products, 484 for metals). CTI is a principal member of both the NFPA 61 Technical Committee for Agricultural Dust and the NFPA 664 Technical Committee for Wood and Cellulosic Materials Processing and has worked with several of the other committees. All of these standards have updated in 2018 and 2019, and CTI is here to help our clients understand what that will mean for them.

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