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Dispersion Modeling Guidelines and Other AQB Modeling Publications

An air dispersion modeling analysis must be submitted with each air quality permit application. New Mexico Air Quality Bureau has developed guidelines to aid the dispersion modeler in developing an acceptable analysis and to facilitate the Bureau staff in expediting the review process.

Guidelines, associated documents, and highlights of changes are available for download in MS Word (DOC) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, below.

List of Documents:

Document Description

New:

2017 Modeling Guidelines (PDF)

(For historic reference:

2016 (September 1) Modeling Guidelines (PDF)

2014 Modeling Guidelines (PDF)

2011 Modeling Guidelines (PDF))

Appendix A (PDF)

Revised 2017 Guidelines were updated to incorporate changes in EPA’s Appendix W. 

2016 Guidelines notes: NMED AQB does require 1-hour NO2 and/or SO2 modeling demonstration for minor source New Source Review Permit Applications. The Bureau also requires 1-hour NO2/SO2 modeling for PSD major sources.

Updated background concentrations from 2013-2015 are included.  (Hobbs PM2.5 background was updated Aug. 8)

Notes that AERMOD output is expressed at standard temperature and pressure, and few results now need elevation correction before comparing to air quality standards.  

PSD Pre-application Guidance Memo

(DOC) (PDF)

Pre-construction monitoring may be required before a PSD application is submitted.
NewAir Dispersion Modeling Waiver Request Form (DOC) Form for requesting a modeling waiver.
EPA 1-hour NO2 Modeling (PDF) EPA guidance on modeling 1-hour NO2 standard
2005 Modeling checklist (DOC) (PDF) List of items required to complete modeling.
Sample modeling protocol for point sources (DOC) (PDF) Point source protocol template.
Sample modeling protocol for fugitive sources (DOC) (PDF) Fugitive source protocol template.

New modeling report form (UA4_DOCX)

(Outdated Sample modeling report (DOC) (PDF))

Modeling report form to take place of the modeling report.

(Old Sample report prepared by AQB modeling staff based on submitted modeling.)

Sample particle sizes for plume depletion (XLS) Particle size distributions that may be used for plume depletion.

Please contact Eric Peters at the Air Quality Bureau by email at eric.peters@state.nm.us or by phone at (505) 476-4327 with any questions or comments concerning this page.

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