NTAA: Air Topics

NTAA Air Topics:


Tribal New Source Review (NSR) Rule

ATTENTION: The NTAA and EPA have formed a Tribal NSR Workgroup to assist in developing appropriate guidance documents, model permits and to answer the many questions regarding implementation of the rule. The workgroup has been holding calls - to read the notes from those calls and get more info, please click here.

Overview
Congress established the New Source Review (NSR) permitting program as part of the 1977 Clean Air Act Amendments. NSR is a preconstruction permitting program that serves two important purposes.



NSR permits are legal documents that the facility owners/operators must abide by. The permit specifies what construction is allowed, what emission limits must be met, and often how the emissions source must be operated.

Significance to Tribes
Title I of the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires that the New Source Review (NSR) program be established to protect public health and welfare, national parks, and wilderness areas as new sources of pollution are built or existing sources modified. The program is designed to ensure that new sources of pollution are constructed to be as clean as possible, recognizing that facility construction is typically the most economical time to incorporate state-of-the-art pollution prevention practices or air pollution control technologies. The EPA is filling a regulatory gap by developing New Source Review Rules for Indian country, which will establish a preconstruction permitting program for minor stationary sources throughout Indian country and major stationary sources located in nonattainment in Indian Country. Final promulgation of the Tribal NSR FIP is expected in the final quarter of FY 2010.

Related Documents
DRAFT EPA DOCUMENTS FOR REVIEW (see NSR Workgroup page for more details)
Draft NSR Guidance Outline (Comments being sought)

NSR general permit Gas Station Stage 1 - DRAFT (comment being sought)

NSR general permit Gas Station Stage 1 " Stage 2 - DRAFT (Comments being sought)

EPA OUTREACH MATERIALS
Tribal New Source Review Implementation Manual (May 16, 2012)

EPA PowerPoint - Proposed NSR Rules for Indian Country (November 6, 2006)

Federal Register - Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country; Proposed Rule - (August 21, 2006)

EPA Fact Sheet - Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country (August 8, 2006)

Related Links
EPA New Source Review (NSR) website

RACT/BACT/LAER Clearinghouse (RBLC)