Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
Under Sections 201-228 of the Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho, certain facilities that emit air pollutants are required to obtain an air quality permit to construct. Because most concrete batch plants have similar types of equipment that generates air emissions, DEQ has created a streamlined permitting process whereby these operations may obtain a general rather than a facility-specific permit to construct.
Prior to submitting an application for a new or modified concrete batch plant, the applicant is advised to contact William Rogers or Eric Clark (See contact information at right.) in DEQ's Air Quality Division to learn about the permitting process and to set up a pre-application meeting.
The pre-application meeting may be held in person or via conference call. During this meeting, the applicant will be expected to provide an overview of the proposed project and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the permitting process. DEQ staff will advise the applicant on applicable state and federal regulations and explain the options for conducting air quality impact analyses (called modeling analyses) that are used to determine the required setback distance for the concrete batch plant. (See modeling information below: Step 5.)
The general permit fee is $1,500, which includes a $1,000 application fee and $500 processing fee. This is a one-time fee. (Additional fees may apply if the permit is changed in the future.) The fee may be paid by check, credit card/E-check, or bank wire transfer.
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Before an air quality permit may be issued, an air quality impact analysis must be performed to demonstrate compliance with applicable air quality standards. Air quality dispersion modeling is used to estimate concentrations of pollutants resulting from emissions generated by operation of the proposed facility.
Emission rates developed from information provided on the permit application will be used to develop a modeling scenario, which will in turn be used to establish the minimum setback distance for the concrete batch plant.
The applicant may choose from two modeling options based on whether the facility is intended to be portable throughout the state or stationary in a specific site. Setback distance requirements vary based on the modeling option selected.
The primary driver when establishing the setback distances is NOx emissions associated with the engines. Some things that may reduce required setback distances are higher stacks on the engines or adding NOx controls.
For modeling protocol questions, contact Kevin Schilling (See contact information at right.) in DEQ's Air Quality Division.
After modeling has been conducted, DEQ will advise the applicant on the required setback distance. If the required distance setback is satisfactory to the applicant, DEQ will proceed with development of the general permit. Prior to issuance of the permit, the permittee will have the opportunity to review the draft to verify equipment descriptions and confirm numerical values; no substantive changes will be made at this point in the permitting process.
If the required distance setback is problematic, the applicant may advise DEQ to proceed regardless or withdraw the application and resubmit at a later date. DEQ will provide suggestions and recommendations on home to improve the modeled setback distance for the next submittal. If the application is resubmitted, the applicant will be required to pay the $1,000 application fee again; the $500 processing fee will not be required a second time.
It is DEQ’s goal to issue a general permit within 30 days of receipt of the application and fees. However, a 15-day opportunity for public comment is required by Idaho’s air rules and will be initiated by DEQ upon receipt of the application package. If a member of the public requests a public comment period, approximately 45 days will be added to the processing timeline.
If the engine or engines were constructed, modified or reconstructed after June 11, 2005, they are subject to 40 CFR 60, Subpart IIII. If the engine or engines were both constructed or reconstructed on or prior to July 11, 2005, they are subject to 40 CFR 63, Subpart ZZZZ. It is possible that both subparts may apply. They both would apply if one engine is subject to IIII and the other is subject to ZZZZ, as the general permit allows for the use of up to three (3) engines. For further details, refer to the Statement of Basis Template under "Regulatory Review."
Air Quality Permitting Hotline1-877-5PERMIT (1-877-573-7648)Call to set up a meeting or ask air quality permitting questions.
Stationary Source Permit Program CoordinatorBill RogersDEQ State OfficeAir Quality Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dispersion Modeling CoordinatorKevin SchillingDEQ State OfficeAir Quality Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) email@example.com
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