Texas Air Permitting
EPA finalized its conditional approval of the Texas Flexible Permit program.
This submittal is a result of EPA and Texas collaborating to identify what additional elements were needed for an updated rule to meet all Clean Air Act requirements. The final rule establishes an air permitting program where emissions caps for air pollutants can be utilized to help minimize emissions while protecting human health and the environment. The rules also are enforceable and compliance must be demonstrated.
The EPA is reopening the original public comment period for the proposed full approval of the Texas Flexible Permit Program of 30 days, which orginally ended on January 30, 2015. The reopening will allow for an additional 30 days for comments to be submitted beginning from April 17, 2015, the date of the new publication. We are opening the public comment period because we neglected to include two supporting materials in Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2013-0542 at www.regulations.gov.
EPA Region 6 Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permitting for Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
On November 10, 2014, EPA published in the Federal Register our final SIP and FIP GHG actions as follows: 1. The final action to rescind a majority of the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) for Texas for greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting, titled “Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Withdrawal of Federal Implementation Plan; Texas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule Revisions;” and 2. The final approval of the majority of the revisions to the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), titled “Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Prevention of Significant Deterioration; Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule Revisions.” A copy of both actions may be found at the Federal Register website available online at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/11/10/2014-26315/approval-and-promulgation-of-air-quality-implementation-plans-withdrawal-of-federal-implementation
“Next Steps and Preliminary Views on the Application of CAA Permitting Programs to GHG Following the June 23, 2014 Supreme Court Decision.”
For information about PSD permitting for major sources of GHGs in the Region 6 states, contact the following regulatory Agencies for information: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/agency/air_main.html
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