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​Bureau of Air Quality

General Announcements

Suspension of Enforcement – Oil and Gas 1st Annual Report

The regulations for “Control of VOC Emissions from Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Sources” were published as a final-form rulemaking at 52 Pa.B. 7587 on December 10, 2022 (25 Pa. Code §§ 129.121 – 129.130). The regulations for “Control of VOC Emissions from Conventional Oil and Natural Gas Sources” were also published on December 10, 2022 at 52 Pa.B. 7635 as an emergency certified final-omitted rulemaking (25 Pa. Code §§ 129.131-129.140).

Both regulations require annual reporting of specific compliance information. The initial annual report is due for Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas sources on December 10, 2023 addressing the time period of December 10, 2022 thru December 31, 2022. The initial annual report for Conventional Oil and Natural Gas sources is due December 2, 2023 addressing the time period of December 2, 2022 thru December 31, 2022.

The Department is providing this notice that it is suspending the enforcement of the initial annual report submission under 25 Pa. Code §§129.130(k)(1) for Unconventional and 129.140(k)(1) for Conventional until June 1, 2024, the date when the second report is due. That second report will cover the full 2023 calendar year.

Pennsylvania Bulletin

New Emissions Inventory Instructions have been released. Please review the new Instructions for Submitting Air Quality Emission Inventory Reports prior to submitting your emissions report to the Bureau of Air Quality.

Facilities are able to pay Air Quality Annual Operating Permit Maintenance Fees online through DEP’s Quick Pay system or the ePermitting application on Greenport. Please visit the Air Quality Fee Payment Instructions site for more information.

General Announcement for AQ Permit Holders
Effective January 16, 2021, all air quality applications, Permits, Requests for Determinations and initial Asbestos Notifications will be subject to new and/or increased fees. The Saturday, January 16, 2021 effective date is the result of a three-year regulatory process and will be finalized upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on that date. These fees were last updated in January 2005 and will address the long-term disparity between revenue and expenditures in DEP's Air Quality Program. Any air quality application, Requests for Determination or initial Asbestos Notification received on or after January 16, 2021 must be accompanied by the appropriate new or updated fee. The final rulemaking also includes an Annual Maintenance Fee (replacing the annual administrative fee) due each year for Natural Minor, Synthetic Minor and TV permitted facilities. This maintenance fee does not replace the annual TV emission fees due September 1 by most TV facilities. The Annual Maintenance Fees for calendar year 2021 are due on or before March 17, 2021, 60 days after the January 16, 2021 final rulemaking publication. Subsequent maintenance fees are due annually no later than December 31 for the next calendar year. The maintenance fees are $8,000 for TV Permitted Facilities, $4,000 for Synthetic Minor Permitted facilities and $2,000 for Natural Minor Permitted facilities. Information regarding the Annual Maintenance fee, including a transmittal fee form to be submitted with the fee, will be coming in separate website and email notifications in the near future. The new air quality regulations can be found on the Pennsylvania Bulletin website.

Proposals Open for Comment:

Proposed State Implementation Plan Revision; Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for the Beaver, PA Nonattainment Area for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard; Public Hearing

The Department is seeking public comment on a redesignation request and proposed revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning a maintenance plan demonstrating that the Beaver Area can maintain the 2010 1-hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for  the next 10 years as required under Section 175A(a) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 7505a(a)). Short-term exposure to SO2 has been linked to adverse respiratory conditions in humans.

The proposed SIP revision is available on the Department's website at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment

The Department will provide the opportunity for a public hearing to receive comments on this proposal on Tuesday June 18, 2024, 9 a.m. at the DEP Southwest Regional Office located at 500 Waterfront Drive, Monongahela Room, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Persons wishing to present testimony should contact Amanda Rodriguez at P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 787 7677 or amarodrigu@pa.gov no less than 24 hours in advance of the public hearing to reserve a time. Witnesses will be limited to 10 minutes and should provide two written copies of their comments.

Persons with a disability who wish to attend a hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Amanda Rodriguez at amarodrigu@pa.gov or (717) 787 7677. TDD users may contact the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service at (800) 654 5984 to discuss how the Department can best accommodate their needs.

The Department must receive comments no later than June 21, 2024. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department’s eComment system at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment or by email to ecomment@pa.gov​. Written comments may be submitted to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105 2063. Use “2024 Beaver RR MP 2010 SO2'' as the subject line in written communication.

Recent Department Comments to EPA or other Proposals:

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.