Operating Permits are a type of air permit submitted and approved when new industries or businesses are operating in the city with regard to the facility’s air emissions. The type of operating permit differs based on the type of facility it is being submitted for and the amount of emissions the facility will create. For example, a Title V Operating Permit will be used if a facility has the potential to go over the limit for emissions of pollutants designated by the Department of Environmental Protection of Pennsylvania, which are as follows:
- 10 tons per year or more of a specific hazardous air pollutant or 25 tons per year of a combination of hazardous air pollutants.
- 100 tons per year of any other criteria contaminants (exceptions noted below). Fugitive emissions need not be included in the calculation to determine applicability unless the facility is one of the categories listed in Paragraph (ii) of the definition of “Title V facility in 25 Pa. Code Section 121.1.”
- 50 tons per year of VOCs (in all areas but Southeast Pennsylvania).
- 25 tons per year of VOCs and NOx in Southeast Pennsylvania, which consists of the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia.
Facilities that exceed the Title V applicability threshold, and therefore do not require a Title V permit, are issued a Synthetic Minor Operating Permit or Minor State-Only Operating Permit. Operating permits are generally for a maximum five-year term, unless the regulations require a shorter time or a shorter time is requested by the facility or business. There are currently 129 recorded notices of operating permits in the PA Bulletin article from 2015 to 2019.
[The above featured image is of the Kinder Morgan Terminals in Point Breeze, Philadelphia.]