If your facility is planning to add any new process equipment or make changes to existing process equipment, you may first need approval from your State Regulatory Authority. Depending on the conditions of your Air Quality Permit and the magnitude of the proposed modifications, you may be required to submit an air permit application to the State to modify your air permit. In most states, a final air permit for the modification must be issued before you start construction.

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required under the Clean Air Act to conduct a conference to reevaluate Air Quality Modeling every 3 years. The EPA conducted the Thirteenth Conference on Air Quality Modeling on November 14th and 15th of 2023, focusing on proposed revisions to the Guideline on Air Quality Modeling (GAQM). As part of the federal rulemaking process, the proposed revisions are currently available for public comments until December 22, 2023.

Who do these modeling revisions apply to? Continue reading “EPA Guideline on Air Quality Modeling Revisions”

As a new year begins, it is always important for a facility to examine upcoming environmental deadlines. This ensures that the facility maintains current knowledge of its environmental obligations and lays the foundation for annual planning to meet those obligations. The following is a compilation of a wide range of environmental deadlines in 2024 that may assist your facility in preparing to maintain environmental compliance in the upcoming year: Continue reading “2024 Environmental Deadlines”

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When it comes to continuous improvement, the primary focus of the majority of industrial facilities is production. This type of industrial management is a sensible approach, as production can have the greatest impact on the facility’s profitability. However, singularly focusing on products generated by a facility while ignoring waste generation can be costly not only from a financial perspective but also from a regulatory compliance perspective as well.

In order to decrease the possible risks associated with improper waste management, it is beneficial to examine some of the more common mistakes made throughout industry. This ensures that a facility has a solid foundation from which to build out a waste management program that covers the proper handling of all of its waste streams. Continue reading “Common Hazardous Waste Management Mistakes (Part 2): Hazardous Waste Labeling”

When it comes to continuous improvement, the primary focus of the majority of industrial facilities is production. This type of industrial management is a sensible approach, as production can have the greatest impact on the facility’s profitability. However, singularly focusing on products generated by a facility while ignoring waste generation can be costly not only from a financial perspective but also from a regulatory compliance perspective as well.

In order to decrease the possible risks associated with improper waste management, it is beneficial to examine some of the more common mistakes made throughout industry. This ensures that a facility has a solid foundation from which to build out a waste management program that covers the proper handling of all of its waste streams. Continue reading “Common Hazardous Waste Management Mistakes (Part 1): Hazardous Waste Identification”

It is time to complete your Air Emissions Inventory (EI) reporting for Calendar Year 2022. Every year, federal regulations require that all state agencies responsible for regulating air pollution collect emissions data from certain facilities. EI reporting opened on February 6, 2023 and is due by June 30, 2023 for Georgia facilities. All Title V facilities whose potential to emit (PTE) emissions is equal to or exceeds the following thresholds in Calendar Year 2022 are required to submit emissions data: Continue reading “Georgia Emissions Inventories for Calendar Year 2022”

If your facility is operating under a state-issued Air Permit, then there are a number of permit requirements you must meet in order to stay in compliance. Permit requirements can consist of emission/operating limits, testing, monitoring, reporting, and recordkeeping as well as a long list of general provisions. Whether you have a Minor Source Permit, Synthetic Minor/Conditional Major Source Permit, or a Title V Major Source Permit, your permit will contain a combination of, if not all, these requirements.

If your facility has an Air Permit, there is always a possibility for your state agency to conduct an onsite inspection, sometimes unannounced, at any time. It is best to be prepared for an inspection to avoid any violations and potential fines.

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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) calendar year 2022 Annual Reports are due to be submitted by January 31, 2023.  The Annual Reports will need to be submitted through the EPD’s online portal GEOS  located at https://geos.epd.georgia.gov/GA/GEOS/Public/GovEnt/Shared/Pages/Main/Login.aspx.

The new Annual Report format for the 2022 Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP) has not yet been populated in the GEOS portal; however, it should be available early January. In preparation to submit the annual report the Responsible Official (RO) will need to collect compliance data for calendar year 2022 such as: Continue reading “Georgia EPD Annual Reports Requirements”

Staying in compliance and ensuring the proper management of wastewater discharges from industrial facilities can be challenging. The possible impediments that a facility can face are dependent on several factors such as the location of the facility, existing infrastructure, and the facility’s financial forecast. One of the most important first steps to maintaining wastewater compliance involves properly identifying the different wastewater streams at a facility. Wastewater discharges generally fall into one of two categories, Domestic and Industrial. Domestic wastewater discharges come from bathrooms, kitchens, and hand-washing stations and can be characterized as wastewater from personal usage. Industrial wastewater discharges come from industrial and commercial sources and may contain pollutants at levels that could impact water quality and/or interfere with Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW). Industrial discharges are usually generated from different types of industrial processes and are typically segregated from domestic discharges as described above. Continue reading “Management of Wastewater Discharges from Industrial Facilities”