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New Sources of Emissions under the New Source Review Program

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The goal of the Federal New Source Review (NSR) program is to ensure emission increases from new or modified sources (e.g., power plants, industrial and manufacturing facilities) do not exceed state and federal health standards. To accomplish this goal, the NSR program imposes several tough requirements that evaluate and reduce potential impacts. First, the program requires sources to install state-of-the-art control equipment and incorporate less polluting processes that reduce the potential impact from new emissions. Sources are also required to perform a thorough air quality impact analysis using advance emission modeling procedures to ensure compliance with all emission standards.

State NSR Permitting Programs

The Region 1 Air Permits Unit oversees states and tribes in the development and implementation of the NSR programs. The Permits Unit also directly administers the programs in certain areas of the Region. In Massachusetts, EPA administered the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit program from March 2003 through April 2011. In April 2011, an agreement for delegation (PDF) (11 pp, 2.2 MB) of the federal PSD program was executed by EPA Region 1 to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). This agreement sets forth the terms and conditions according to which the MassDEP agrees to implement and enforce the federal PSD regulations as found in 40 CFR 52.21, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). All other states in New England have their own federally-approved PSD regulations.

Public Participation for Federally-Issued Permits

To ensure public involvement, the NSR program imposes a mandatory public comment period for all new draft permits. The comment period gives the public access to the information used by the permitting authority to support their draft permit decisions. The public is also allowed an opportunity to provide recommendations on the draft permit that the permitting authority must address in the final permit issuance. Please refer to the table below if you wish to comment on a draft permit of interest. The Permit Application, Draft Permit and Public Hearing Notice are available for review by clicking on the appropriate link. If there is an open public comment period on a permit you may submit your comments to Ida McDonnell (mcdonnell.ida@epa.gov). You may also review comments made to date under the column titled Public Comment Period and Comments to Date.

EPA has also developed a mailing list that you can request in writing to be put on for notification of any PSD permit issued by EPA New England. If you would like to be put on the list please mail your request to:

Air Permit Clerk
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – New England
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OES04-2
Boston, MA 02109-3912

If you have questions about a facility in your community, please contact your state environmental agency as listed below.

Air Permits Issued by Region 1
Facility:   Project:
Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge Deepwater Port, federal waters of Massachusetts Bay Modification to existing permit LNG** regasification vessel/DWP**
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
10/30/08 Application (PDF) (86 pp, 2 MB)

07/17/09 Amendment (PDF) (3 pp, 30 K)

01/26/10 Amendment (PDF) (19 pp, 1.5 MB)

08/19/11 Amendment (PDF) (24 pp, 10.7 MB)

04/02/12 Amendment (PDF) (16 pp, 4.5 MB)

10/28/14 Amendment (PDF) (26 pp, 4.2 MB)

RG1-DPA-CAA-01M (PDF) (28 pp, 206 K)

Fact Sheet (PDF) (16 pp, 303 K)

02/21/11 USCG Letter to EPA (PDF) (2 pp, 1.5 MB)

04/11/13 EPA Region 2 Applicability Determination (PDF) (3 pp, 4 MB)
11/26/14 Public Notice (PDF) (3 pp, 149 K)    
 
Facility:   Project:
Pioneer Valley Energy Center, Westfield, Massachusetts 431 MW Combined Cycle Turbine
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
Application (PDF) (77 pp, 6.8 MB) 052-042-MA15 (PDF) (15 pp, 144 K)

Fact Sheet (PDF) (74 pp, 3.7 MB)

Community Update (PDF) (1 pg, 47 K)

Bulletin communautaire en français (PDF) (1 pg, 89 K)

Anuncios de comunidad en Espanol (PDF) (1 pg, 43 K)

бюллетеня для сообщества на русском языке (PDF) (1 pg, 109 K)

Biuletyn Wspólnoty w języku polskim (PDF) (1 pg, 90 K)

March 10, 2010 Submittal (PDF) (7 pp, 2.1 MB)

July 12, 2010 Submittal (PDF) (6 pp, 54 K)

October 27, 2010 submittal (PDF) (1 pg, 12 K)

March 9, 2011 submittal (PDF) (12 pp, 116 K)

July 12, 2011 submittal (PDF) (12 pp, 750 K)

September 22, 2011 submittal (PDF) (6 pp, 95 K)

October 14, 2011 submittal (PDF) (9 pp, 3.7 MB)

Letter from Fish And Wildlife Service (PDF) (1 pg, 225 K)

Letter from Massachusetts Historical Commission (PDF) (1 pg, 327 K)

CO Emissions During Startup (PDF) (1 pg, 57 K)

Modeled Impact Data for Hourly NO2 (PDF) (1 pg, 25 K)

Results from Interactive Modeling (PDF) (5 pp, 2 MB)
Public Notice 1/12/2012 (PDF) (4 pp, 68 K)

Annonce Publique (PDF) (4 pp, 97 K)

Notificatión Pública (PDF) (4 pp, 70 K)

сообщение для общественности (PDF)(4 pp, 123 K)

Zawiadomienie Publiczne (PDF) (4 pp, 105 K)

12/05/2011 – 1/24/2012
Transcript of Public Hearing, 1/12/2012 (PDF) (74 pp, 173 K)

Pioneer Valley Final Response to Comments (PDF) (40 pp, 420 K)
Pioneer Valley Final Permit Decision 4-12-2012 (PDF) (16 pp, 297 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
Cape Wind Associates, LLC, Horseshoe Shoal, Nantucket Sound Offshore Renewable Energy Project/OCS Air Permit: Massachusetts Plan Approval including nonattainment NSR Appendix A requirements
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
OCS Air Regulations Permit Application, December 17, 2008, Letter from ESS Group, Inc. to David Conroy, EPA, Re: OCS Air regulation (PDF) (56 pp, 7 MB)

Permit Application Revision March 12, 2009 (PDF) (16 pp, 650 K)

Permit Application Revision June 25, 2009 (PDF) (11 pp, 623 K)

Permit Application Revision September 23, 2009 (PDF) (18 pp, 1.2 MB)

Permit Application Revision March 2, 2010 (PDF) (6 pp, 212 K)

Permit Application Revision April 23, 2010 (PDF) (15 pp, 198 K)

Permit Application Revision June 4, 2010 (PDF) (4 pp, 67 K)
OCS-R1-01 Draft permit June 10, 2010 (PDF) (12 pp, 62 K)

Fact Sheet (PDF) (56 pp, 316 K)

OCS Air Regulations NOI, 12/7/07 (PDF) (21 pp, 2.4 MB)

Meeting notes 3/17/08 (PDF) (5 pp, 156 K)

Letter from Robert Varney, EPA, to Glenn Wattley, May 28, 2008 (PDF) (3 pp, 666 K)

Letter from NOAA Fisheries to MMS re: Biological Opinion 11/13/08 (PDF) (238 pp, 13.7 MB)

Letter from FWS to MMS re: Biological Opinion 11/21/08 (PDF) (238 pp, 13.7 MB)

Letter from Save Our Sound to EPA 1/5/09 (PDF) (2 pp, 663 K)

Letter from EPA to MMS Re: Section 106 Consultation 12/1/09 (PDF) (2 pp, 389 K)

Letter from MMS, Re: Section 106 Consultation 12/15/09 (PDF) (8 pp, 2.1 MB)

Letters from EPA to tribal leaders of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council (PDF) (1 pg, 250 K), Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) (PDF) (1 pg, 249 K) , and Narragansett Indian Tribe (PDF) (1 pg, 241 K), May 4, 2010

Letter from ESS, 5/28/10 (PDF) (7 pp, 76 K)

Attachment I, Air Analysis, 6/3/10 (PDF) (6 pp, 1.5 MB)

1-Hour SO2 and NO2 modeling memo 12-21-10 (PDF) (4 pp, 103 K)

Cape Wind, Cape Wind Biological Opinion Cover Letter (PDF) (3 pp, 257 K)

Cape Wind Biological Opinion (PDF) (130 pp, 11.8 MB)

F & WS 12-17-10 ESA Concurrence (PDF) (4 pp, 1.6 MB)
Public Notice 6/8/10 (PDF) (4 pp, 1.2 MB)

6/11/10 – 7/16/10
Cape Wind Final Response to Comments 1-7-2011 (PDF) (48 pp, 485 K)

Richard Mahoney (PDF) (1 pg, 10 K)

Melissa Renn (PDF) (1 pg, 10 K)

Mary Readon (PDF) (1 pg, 40 K)

Joanne P.Q. El-Fayoumy (PDF) (1 pg, 15 K)

Don Schaefer (PDF) (1 pg, 16 K)

Francine Nisbet (PDF) (1 pg, 14 K)

David Geyer (PDF) (1 pg, 10 K)

Barbara Wilson (PDF) (1 pg, 14 K)

Joe McGinity (PDF) (1 pg, 10 K)

Nolaa Cloutier (PDF) (1 pg, 10 K)

James Bodurtha (PDF) (1 pg, 12 K)

Diana Morse (PDF) (1 pg, 14 K)

Charles Curran (PDF) (1 pg, 49 K)

Jays Stevens (PDF) (1 pg, 42 K)

Deke Ulian (PDF) (1 pg, 10 K)

Barbara Durkin (PDF) (12 pp, 227 K)

Barbara Durkin #2 (PDF) (16 pp, 81 K)

Barbara Durkin #3 (PDF) (3 pp, 23 K)

Joan Hill (PDF) (1 pg, 11 K)

Ted Giletti (PDF) (1 pg, 11 K)

ESS Group (Mike Feinblatt) with attachment (PDF) (7 pp, 74 K)

Brad Thomas ConocoPhillips with attachment (PDF) (6 pp, 3.7 MB)

Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound with attachments (PDF) (171 pp, 10.1 MB)

Nantucket Hearing Testimony 7/13/10 (PDF) (26 pp, 86 K)

Martha's Vineyard Hearing Testimony 7/14/10 (PDF) (37 pp, 109 K)

Cape Cod Hearing Testimony 7/15/10 (PDF) (57 pp, 155 K)
Cape Wind Final Permit Decision 6-2-11 (PDF) (1 pg, 219 K)

Cape Wind Final Permit 1-7-2011 (PDF) (14 pp, 3.7 MB)

Attachment 1 Cape Wind Permit June 4, 2010 letter (PDF) (4 pp, 1.2 MB)

Attachment 2 Cape Wind Permit September 23, 2009 (PDF) (18 pp, 5.9 MB)
 
Facility:   Project:
Dominion Energy Brayton Point, LLC, Somerset, MA Cooling Water Towers, Dry Scrubber, and Fabric Filter/PSD
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
8/28/2008 (PDF) (206 pp, 8.1 MB)

Amended Application 1 of 2 (PDF) (89 pp, 3.5 MB)

Amended Application 2 of 2 (PDF) (192 pp, 5.9 MB)
052-120-MA13 (PDF) (9 pp, 57 K)

Fact Sheet (PDF) (24 pp, 128 K)

ESA Memo (PDF) (3 pp, 34 K)

Schematic of Cooling Water Towers (PDF) (1 pg, 23 K)

EPA assessment of the air modeling (PDF) (24 pp, 1.1 MB)

Cooling Tower Permit Response to Comments (PDF) (8 pp, 57 K)

Bristol County Broadcasting EAB Petition for Review (PDF) (13 pp, 372 K)

EAB Decision on Permit Appeal (PDF) (6 pp, 257 K)

Notice of Final Permit Decision (PDF) (1 pg, 47 K)

July 20, 2009 Unit #3 Emissions Spreadsheet (PDF) (1 pg, 25 K)

Unit #3 Permit Cover Letter October 7, 2009 (PDF) (2 pp, 74 K)

Permit Comment Withdrawal Letter October 5, 2009 (PDF) (2 pp, 390 K)

Unit #3 Permit Response to Comments (PDF) (3 pp, 171 K)

PSD Permit Appeal Process (PDF) (1 pg, 49 K)
1/28/09 (PDF) (3 pp, 29 K)

1/28/2009 – 2/27/2009
  Cooling Tower Final Permit # 052-120-MA14 04/02/2009 (PDF) (7 pp, 301 K)

Unit #3 Control Project Final: Permit # 052-120-MA15 October 7, 2009 (PDF) (7 pp, 306 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
Northeast Energy Associates, Bellingham, MA Gas Turbine / Amended PSD*
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
3/28/2008 (PDF) (67 pp, 3.3MB) CR-88-PSD-R-001 (PDF) (16 pp, 61 K)

Fact Sheet (PDF) (14 pp, 245 K)

Oil-Fired Opacity Evaluation (PDF) (3 pp, 233 K)

Oil-Fired Opacity Limit (PDF) (8 pp, 432 K)

Startup & Shutdown Emission Limits (PDF) (14 pp, 392 K)

Additional Information on CO Emissions (PDF) (2 pp, 98K)
10/30/08 (PDF) (3 pp, 20 K)

10/30/2008 - 12/1/2008
  12/23/08 (PDF) (16 pp, 663 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst, MA Central Heating Plant/PSD*
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
3/28/2008 (PDF) (550 pp, 31.4 MB) 050-026-MA11 (PDF) (7 pp, 336 K)

Fact Sheet (PDF) (14 pp, 752 K)

CT Emission Limit (PDF) (1 pg, 37 K)

Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel Availability (PDF) (1 pg, 45 K)
9/24/2008 (PDF) (3 pp, 185 K)

9/24/2008 - 10/27/2008
  10/29/2008 (PDF) (10 pp, 351 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD), Braintree, MA Power Plant/PSD*
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
5/8/2007 (PDF) (8 pp, 198 K) 049-119-MA10

Fact Sheet (PDF) (14 pp, 500 K)
2/28/2008 - 3/28/2008   4/4/2008 (PDF) (8 pp, 310 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
General Electric Aviation (GE), Lynn, MA Test Cell Modification/PSD
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
9/7/2007 (PDF) (49 pp, 448 K) 048-119-MA09

Statement of Basis (PDF) (13 pp, 160 K)
    3/13/2008 (PDF) (21 pp, 680 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
Fore River Station, N. Weymouth, MA Power Plant/PSD
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
3/31/2006 (PDF) (5 pp, 37 K) 047-119-MA08

Fact Sheet (PDF) (10 pp, 51 K)

Calculations (PDF) (2 pp, 14 K)
    12/14/2006 (PDF) (14 pp, 553 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge Deepwater Port, federal waters of Massachusetts Bay LNG** regassification vessel/DWP***
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
2/21/2006 (PDF) (76 pp, 2.2 MB) RG1-DPA-CAA-01

Statement of Basis (PDF) (30 pp, 284 K)

Monitoring Plan (PDF) (4 pp, 52 K)
    5/14/2007 (PDF) (31 pp, 772 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
Neptune Deepwater Port, federal waters of Massachusetts Bay LNG regassification vessel/DWP
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
5/12/2006 (PDF) (76 pp, 1 MB) RG1-DPA-CAA-02

Statement of Basis (PDF) (27 pp, 353 K)

Monitoring Plan (PDF) (16 pp, 583 K)
    7/28/2007 (PDF) (26 pp, 575 K)
 
Facility:   Project:
University of Massachusetts (Umass), Amherst, MA Central Heating Plant/PSD
Application Draft Permit & Supporting Documentation Public Hearing & Comment Period Comments Final Permits
8/1/2004 (PDF) (47 pp, 438 K) 046-026-MA07

Determination (PDF) (22 pp, 131 K)

Fact Sheet (PDF) (3 pp, 53 K)
    7/25/2005 (PDF) (7 pp, 215 K)

Notes:
* PSD (Prevention of Significant Deterioration)
**LNG (Liquid Natural Gas)
**DWP (Deep Water Port)


EPA New England
New Source Review
Contact: Brendan McCahill (mccahill.brendan@epa.gov)
(617) 918-1652

Connecticut
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Bureau of Air Management
(860) 424-3026

Maine
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Air Quality Control
(207) 287-2437

Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Waste Prevention
(617) 292-5515

New Hampshire
Department of Environmental Services
Air Resources Division
(603) 271-1370

Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management
Office of Air Resources
(401) 222-2808

Vermont
Agency of Natural Resources
Air Pollution Control Division
(802) 241-3840

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