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Event: State and federal interplay of air permitting regulations for on-shore and near-shore industrial sites   

Deliverables

  • When:  Friday, March 21, 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Where:  World Trade Center Board Room,1815 Bragaw St., Anchorage 
  • Registration: $50 - See attached PDF Form

  • Agenda
           
    • 3:00        PRI Mission and 2014 Priorities
    • 3:05        Introductions: Board, Panelists and Guests
    • 3:20        Panel and Roundtable Discussion
    • 4:45        Summary, Action Items
    • 5:00        Cocktail Reception and Social  

    Panelists
    • Federal  - John Pavitt, Alaska Operations Office, Air Compliance Inspector, EPA Region 10
    • State – Jim Plosay, Air Permits Program, Compliance Section Supervisor, SOA, DEC
    • Moderator:  Theodore Rockwell, Principal, Circumpolar Solutions Roundtable

    Invitees
    • The group is limited to 20 people and will include members of the Board and representatives of regulated, regulating, and research community. 
    Objective
     
    • Identify realistic and achievable actions that could assist permittees to effectively navigate changing regulatory conditions and reduce compliance risks.  What could be done now and in the near future to mitigate unintended consequences of changing State and federal air emission regulations.

    Discussion Topic 

    • EPA’s federal air regulations set emission limits and work practice standards for boilers, incinerators and internal combustion engines, among other equipment types. Compliance with the federal requirements is implemented via State-issued air permits for those facilities with permits, and directly by EPA for facilities without permits.  After a number of revisions and delays to the rules, specific requirements are beginning to play out for affected sources in Alaska, whether or not State air permits fully reflect current requirements.  Compliance concerns have recently surfaced for facilities with boilers, incinerators and internal combustion engines and other facilities are facing unintended consequences.

    Regulations and CFR

    • Engines:  New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (“RICE rules”)
    • Boilers: NESHAP for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers, Area Sources (“Boiler MACT”)
    • Incinerators: NSPS and Emission Guidelines for Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration Units (“CISWI rule”)
    • 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart IIII (Compression Ignition RICE NSPS)
    • 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart JJJJ (Spark Ignition RICE NSPS)
    • 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart ZZZZ (RICE NESHAP)
    • 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart JJJJJJ (Boiler MACT)
    • 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart CCCC (CISWI NSPS)
    • 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart DDDD (CISWI Emission Guidelines)

    Discussion Outputs

    • An optimized approach to plan for federal and State requirements for the same type of issues/equipment/activities;
    • A list of specific actions that could be taken now and in the near future to mitigate unintended consequences of and ensure compliance with the State and federal regulations;

    Background

    • Environmental permitting has been identified as one of the main factors impacting Alaska’s economic growth.  PRI facilitates regular roundtable discussions that bring together key stakeholders of Alaska’s regulatory process to discuss ambiguities in a particular regulation, counterproductive provisions or unanticipated effects of one of its provisions, among other topics.   
    • The group will be asked to comment on the effectiveness of current regulation, what is working well and what could be improved, identify effective compliance strategies, and action items. 
    • Consistent with PRI’s mission, the meeting aims to promote trust and to reduce uncertainly around regulatory risks by facilitating substantive discussions that promote predictable, efficient, rigorous permitting process.

    Publicity

    • The output of the roundtable discussion will be formalized and distributed to all attendees.  It will also be incorporated into a comprehensive press release and forwarded to Alaska’s major business publications, affiliate industry associations, research and NGO organizations to promote follow-on discussion and actions.

    Questions

    • Please contact board member Rada Khadjinova, PMP - info at pacriminstitute.org  

     

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