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New Source Review (NSR) Permitting

Minor NSR Basic Information

Minor NSR is for pollutants from stationary sources that do not require Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) or nonattainment NSR permits. The purpose of minor NSR permits is to prevent the construction of sources that would interfere with attainment or maintenance of a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) or violate the the control strategy in nonattainment areas. Also, minor NSR permits often contain permit conditions to limit the sources emissions to avoid PSD or nonattainment NSR.

States are able to customize the requirements of the minor NSR program as long as their program meets minimum requirements. The permit agency's minor NSR program is part of the State Implementation Plan (SIP).