Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
New Air Pollution Registration Permit Available Soon
Are you a manufacturing facility that generates air pollution? Air pollution is generated by activities like: using adhesives, paints, inks, other solvents or solvent containing materials; using a furnace that burns fuels like natural gas, fuel oil, kerosene, or coal; or having any grinding, sanding, welding, material handling, or similar activities that create dust (particulate matter) or fumes. Facilities that generate air pollution are usually required to obtain a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to operate. An air pollution permit will identify rules and regulations that apply to the operations to reduce air pollution.
A registration operation permit (ROP) is a new type of standardized air pollution permit that will soon be available from the DNR. Most facilities with emissions of less than 25% of major source levels will be eligible. Under current rules that emission level is at 25 tons per year of pollutants like volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide or less than 2.5 tons per year of any hazardous air pollutant. Detailed eligibility criteria will be available online from the DNR in late summer. For more information, check the DNR's website.
DNR will hold public hearings and take comments on the proposed ROP permit template during September, 2005. After making any changes based on the comments, the ROPs should be available for use in October of this year.
What Conditions are in the ROP?
What Are the Benefits of a ROP?
The proposed annual fee for a ROP will be lower than traditional permits. It also has more flexibility for some record keeping requirements, where a facility would have to keep certain records less frequently than under the traditional permit.
Another benefit is that the ROP does not expire, resulting in less administrative work. The simple web-based ROP application process will reduce both administrative and turn-around time. In most cases, the DNR will make the decision to grant or deny the ROP within 15 days.
What Are the Drawbacks to ROPs?
What Should I Do If I'm Interested in a ROP?
--Renee Lesjak Bashel
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