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As part of Pennsylvania's initiative to provide wider public access to electronic media, this service offers the most comprehensive online resource for air quality information in the Commonwealth. We welcome the opportunity to develop and extend this service as recommended by users.Krish Ramamurthy, Director

Proposals Open for Comment

2018 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan
The Annual Network Plan (ANP) has been updated to address changes that have been made in Pennsylvania's ambient air monitoring network over the past year and to identify changes that are anticipated to occur in the remainder of 2018 and in 2019. Starting June 16, 2018, the ANP will be available for comment on the eComment system. The comment period will be open for 30 days, closing on July 16, 2018.

Proposals Recently Finalized

Final Industrial Cleaning Solvents Rule

The Department published its final Industrial Cleaning Solvents rule in the Pennsylvania Bulletin (48 Pa.B. 4814, August 11, 2018) 25 Pa. Code Section 129.63a (relating to control of VOC emissions from industrial cleaning solvents) effective August 11, 2018. It was submitted to EPA as a requested SIP revision on August 13, 2018.

Final Certification Of Reasonably Available Control Technology For Control Technique Guidelines Under The 2008 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard And Incorporation Of 25 Pa. Code Chapter 122 (Relating To National Standards Of Performance For New Stationary Sources) Into The Commonwealth's State Implementation Plan

This revision to the Commonwealth's SIP pertains to meeting the reasonably available control technology (RACT) requirements for sources of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions under Sections 172(c)(l), 182(b)(2) and 184(b)(l)(B) of the CAA (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 7502(c)(l), 7511a(b)(2), and 7511c (b)(l)(B)) and the implementing regulations for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) (80 FR 12264; March 6, 2015).

Suspension Of Enforcement Of Summertime Gasoline Volatility

The Department recently announced that it was suspending enforcement of the gasoline volatility requirements in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 126, Subchapter C (relating to gasoline volatility requirements) for the Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley area effective May 1, 2018, through September 15, 2018.

Data Requirements Rule – List of SO2 Sources Identified for Air Quality Characterizations

On January 15, the department submitted a list to the USEPA of large Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) emitting sources in the Commonwealth which will undergo "air quality characterization" as required under the final Data Requirements Rule for the 2010 1-Hour SO2 Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard.

Recent Department Comments to EPA Proposals:

MARCELLUS SHALE LONG-TERM AIR MONITORING PROJECT REPORT

The Department of Environmental Protection undertook a project to examine the impacts from air emissions from unconventional gas production within Washington County. Data was collected over a one-year period in 2012-2013 and results were subjected to a series of analyses conducted by DEP, DOH and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Air quality measurements were collected from 5 Washington County sites, and an additional comparison was performed using data from an air monitoring station in Adams County. Air quality was monitored for ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen sulfide and methane. Additionally, the air was tested for over 60 toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Continuous meteorological data was also collected.

The air data was compared to National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), ATSDR public health comparison values, Air Quality Index (AQI) indicators, and background values found in Pennsylvania. The data was also subjected to a screening-level risk quantification for hazardous air pollutants. The report from ATSDR can be found here.

Grant Availability

Pennsylvania State Clean Diesel Grant Program:

DEP is accepting applications for the FY2017 PA State Clean Diesel Grant from May 19, 2018, to July 6, 2018. Go to DEP's Driving PA Forward website Program Guidelines, Application Instructions, and a link to the online application system.

Grants Awarded

DEP awarded $122,920 to the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) under Round 1 of the FY2014-2016 PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program. BCIU, located in Reading, PA, used the funds to replace six older diesel school buses with six new diesel school buses. These replacements will result in improved air quality in the areas of operation and reduce exposure to diesel emissions for the operators and occupants of these buses.

DEP awarded $75,900 to AKS Inc. under Round 2 of the FY2014-2016 PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program. AKS Inc., located in Etna, PA, used the funds to replace four older diesel school buses with four new diesel school buses. These replacements will result in improved air quality in the areas of operation and reduce exposure to diesel emissions for the operators and occupants of these buses.

DEP awarded $21,723.50 to High Point Baptist Chapel under Round 2 of the FY2014-2016 PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program. High Point Baptist Chapel, located in Geigertown, PA, used the funds to replace one older diesel school bus with one new diesel school bus. These replacements will result in improved air quality in the areas of operation and reduce exposure to diesel emissions for the operators and occupants of these buses.

DEP awarded $200,000 to Shultz Transportation under Round 2 of the FY2014-2016 PA State Clean Diesel Grant Program. Shultz Transportation used the funds to replace 10 older diesel school buses with 10 new diesel school buses. These replacements will result in improved air quality in the areas of operation and reduce exposure to diesel emissions for the operators and occupants of these buses.

Find the Information you Want

Look for these links in the menu to your right, or visit the Air Quality Functions page to find out what we do and who to talk to:

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Advisory Groups —
The Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee, Small Business Compliance Advisory Committee, and the Climate Change Advisory Committee meeting times and materials.

Automobiles —
The Clean Vehicles program, emissions inspection, diesel idling and retrofits, and general automobile emissions information.

Business Topics —
Asbestos, Continuous Emission Monitoring, Emission Inventory, Small Business Assistance, and Source Testing information.

General Information —
Information on the Bureau of Air Quality, other links, Open Burning, and ragweed pollen.

Monitoring Topics —
Acid Rain and Mercury in rain, the Air Quality Index, and ambient monitoring of pollutants in the air.

Permits —
Plan Approvals, Operating Permits, General Permits, Requests for Determination, Emission Reduction Credits, and the control of carbon emissions from power plants.

Pollutants —
The different types of pollutants, their standards in ambient air and as emissions, the amounts being emitted from sources and the transport of pollutants between regions.

Regulations and Clean Air Plans —
Revisions to the State Implementation Plan, attainment of standards around the state, existing and proposed regulations, and Control Techniques Guidelines.