Georgia Publishes Notice on Public Hearing for Amendments to Air Quality Control Regulations
On 18 July, 2016 the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources gave notice that it would be holding a hearing on 3 August, 2016 regarding its proposal to amend rules for Air Quality Control under Chapter 391-3-1.
The purpose of the amendment is to have Georgia’s Air Quality Control rules comply with federal regulations. If approved, the rule amendment will be submitted as a State Implementation Plan (SIP).
The amendment will cover three sections of the rules:
1) Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(a)7 titled “Excess Emissions” is being renamed “Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Emissions” and amended to comply with EPA’s Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction (SSM) SIP Call, while also 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.
2)Rule 391-3-1.02(2)(a)9 is being added, which describes requirements for minimizing excess emissions during periods of Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction (SSM) for certain Georgia Rules and will retain the language of the Excess Emission Rule.
3)Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(a)11 titled “Malfunction Emissions” is being added to allow compliance with source-specific alternative work practice standards during periods of malfunctions.
The public hearing will be held at 1:00 PM on 3 August, 2016 in the EPD Training Center (located at 4244 International Parkway, Suite 116, Atlanta, Georgia 30354).
Written comments can also be emailed to EPDComments@dnr.state.ga.us or mailed to:
Branch Chief, Air Protection Branch
4244 International Parkway, Suite 120
Atlanta, Georgia 30354.
The proposed amendments will be considered for adoption by the Board of Natural Resources at its meeting at 9:00 AM on 28 September, 2016. The meeting will be held at the DNR Board Room (2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Suite 1252 East Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334) and is open to the public.
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