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This page includes current permit templates, permit general conditions, the basis for permit conditions in the monitoring protocols, historical rule interpretations, and other guidance that ensures consistency in air quality permitting in New Mexico.

Permit Templates

Permit template language and monitoring protocols were developed in collaboration with permit writers, management, the Enforcement & Compliance Section, industry, and the public. Our goal is to keep the permit language consistent:

  1. to apply the science equally to all permittees, so no facility has a commercial advantage over other facilities,
  2. to provide applicants and the public with some certainty regarding what permit language to expect for common situations,
  3. to streamline the permit writing process using quality conditions that have been vetted by stakeholders and approved by management, and
  4. to increase compliance by ensuring permittees with multiple permits have as much consistency between their permits as possible.

Document Change Request Procedure: AQB welcomes collaboration from all stakeholders. If you would like to comment on permit template language or a monitoring protocol, please submit a tracked changes version with your requested changes to the Permit Programs Manager. Add sufficient comments to ensure your point of view is well documented and your arguments are well presented.

New Source Review Construction permits

NSR Permit Template Part A (6/30/2021)
NSR Permit General Conditions Parts B & C (12/1/2022)
NSR Permit History of Template Changes (12/1/2022)

Title V Operating Permits

TV Permit Template Part A (3/20/2022)
TV Permit General Conditions Parts B & C (12/1/2022)
TV Permit History of Template Changes (12/1/2022)

Streamline New Source Construction permits

Streamline Permit Template Part A (3/24/2022)
Streamline Permit General Conditions Parts B & C (12/5/2022)
Streamline Permit History of Template Changes (12/5/2022)

Monitoring Protocols (chronological)

Document TitleVersion DateTemplate Change documentSynopsis of last Significant Change(s)
Monitoring Fugitive VOC & HAPs Monitoring Fugitive VOC & HAP Decision Tree4/19/17Revised 4/19/17Revised the MRR text and added a Decision Tree
Flare Monitoring Protocol – Regulatory11/8/2016Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring IC Engines5/23/2016UpdateThis version includes some minor recommended revisions to the IC Engine and Turbine Monitoring Protocols related to the Periodic Emissions Tests sections in both, specifically, regarding testing frequency and monitoring periods.
Monitoring Turbines5/23/2016UpdateThis version includes some minor recommended revisions to the IC Engine and Turbine Monitoring Protocols related to the Periodic Emissions Tests sections in both, specifically, regarding testing frequency and monitoring periods.
40 CFR 64 CAM Table Format10/31/2013Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring Heaters & Boilers3/20/2013Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring Tanks & Loading11/13/2012Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring Glycol Dehydrators5/23/2011Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring Turbines – Graph9/23/2010Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring IC Engines – Graph3/6/2015Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring Glycol Dehydrators – Graph9/22/2010Initial PublicationInitial Publication
Monitoring Gas-Fired Heaters – Graph5/28/2009Initial PublicationInitial Publication

Guidance Documents (Chronological)

Document TitleVersion DateDocument Description
Guidance on What is Creditable for PER Calculations1/3/2020This guidance provides clarification on what is creditable for potential emission rate calculations for equipment voluntarily controlled in Notices of Intent.
Guidance on the TSP Repeal5/6/2019This guidance addresses the many questions we have received concerning the Repeal of the TSP NMAAQS. It also addresses many other issues yet to be questioned.
Guidance on Part 72, Subsection 211 – Permit Cancellations7/13/2017The primary focus of this guidance addresses whether Subsection 211 (Permit Cancellations) of Part 72 (Construction Permits) addresses facilities as a whole or whether it applies to individual units as well.
Guidance for Aggregate Handling, Storage Piles and Haul Road Emissions1/1/17Department accepted default values for NOI and NSR applications for Aggregate Handling and Storage Piles calculations and NSR Haul Road calculations
GHG Issues and Answers5/20/16How to address GHG applicability in permit applications
Guidance on Implementation of the 1 hour NO2 and SO2 Standards5/09/16NMED Air Quality Bureau is implementing additional dispersion modeling requirements for future permit applications submitted under the construction permit regulation, 20.2.72 NMAC.The National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) include a 1-hour nitrogen dioxide (NO2) standard of 100 parts per billion (ppb) and a 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb). Because of inadequate modeling methods for demonstration of compliance with these standards, NMED initially did not require applications for minor source air quality permits to include compliance demonstrations for these pollutants. Since then the computer model and modeling guidance has improved, so it is reasonable to require modeling for these standards. NMAC requires permit applications to include a compliance demonstration for each applicable air quality standard.
No Permit Required (NPR) – Guidance and FAQ5/12/16For an owner or operator who believes his source is not subject to 20.2.72 NMAC or 20.2.73 NMAC, a NPR determination is a courtesy review provided by the Air Quality Bureau to determine if, based on the information provided, the Bureau agrees that a facility is not required to have an air quality permit or Notice of Intent (NOI). There is no regulatory requirement or deadline for the NMED to review or issue a NPR determination
Guidance and clarification Regarding Applicability of 20.2.35 NMAC3/4/2016This guidance explores the issue of natural gas processing plants utilizing acid gas injection (AGI) and the applicability of “sulfur released in plant processes” to permitted SSM/M.
Public Notice Guidance & TemplatesVariousThe Public Notice guidance and templates are specific to the application types. They are available on those web pages and may be included within the application forms.
Permitting Guidance for Non-Road Engines4/2/2014This guidance explores the issue of whether the Department has the authority to regulate Non-Road Engines and comes to the conclusion that it does.
Air Curtain Incinerators (ACI) Permitting Guidance: ACI Permitting Guidance (Nov 10, 2014) 2008 EPA ACI Guidance (Oct 16, 2008)11/10/2014The 11/10/2014 version of the “ACI Permitting Guidance” is a major update and should be read in its entirety. The 2008 EPA ACI Guidance document clearly specifies that Title V permits are required for Air Curtain Incinerators.
Guidance for Determination of Occupied Structure3/14/2014Clarification of Occupied Structure definition as listed in
PSD Pre-application Guidance3/7/2014Pre construction monitoring may be required before a PSD application is submitted
Cooling Tower Particulate Emissions9/9/2013Calculating TSP, PM10 and PM 2.5 for Cooling Tower Particulate Emissions
Vasquez-Beggs Flash emissions calculation Spreadsheet7/2/2010Oil & Gas Vasquez-Beggs Emission Factors
Single Source Determination Guidance5/7/2010How to address Single Source Determination for permit applications
Permitting Checklist for Concrete Facilities2/1/2007For regular NSR permits (not GCP-5) using the Universal Application Form
Link to AP-42 Emission FactorsEPA web siteEmission Factors

Startup, Shutdown and Maintenance Guidance Documents (Chronological)

Implementation Guidance for Permitting SSM Emissions and Excess Emissions6/7/2012How to address emissions during routine or predictable Startup, Shutdown and scheduled Maintenance (SSM) in a permit application
SSM guidance for submitting a reduced form set application8/24/2011
Startup, Shutdown, Maintenance Emissions in Permits7/29/08


These procedures are intended to serve as general guidance and are in no way a formal statement of Department policy. Unique operating conditions may result in different determinations and may require a site-specific analysis to accurately determine requirements and applicability.

Procedure SubjectAQB Procedure Number
Applicability of 20 NMAC 2.18, 2.33, and 2.3402-005.01
Use of Proper Forms for New Source Review Permit Applications02-011.00
Turbine/Reciprocating Engine Derating02-002.00
Air Quality Bureau Announcement of Inspections02-009.00
Electronic Kill Switches02-003.00
New Source Permit Review Applications – Ruling Administratively Incomplete, Requesting More Information, Denials, and Extensions02-013.00
Guidance For Operating/Production Limitations02-004.00
Guidance for Pre construction Activities02-006.01
Initial Testing Requirements02-008.00
Replacement of Identical IC Engines and Turbines02-007.00
Air Quality Bureau Civil Penalty Policy (10/14/2016)02-010.00
Exemption Policy02-012.00

If you are not familiar with air quality permitting in New Mexico, we suggest a pre-application meeting with our staff prior to you putting effort into the application process. Use the Contact Us link to schedule a pre-application meeting.

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Air Quality Bureau contacts

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