Permit Programs Section
NEW: NSR Permit Application Fee amounts have been updated for calendar year 2017. The new fee amounts are applied for all new permit applications beginning January 1, 2017. Please make sure to submit the correct fee amount with your applications. Click Here for more information
NEW! Regulated Source Mapping Tool
Electronic GIS mapping tool of permitted sources in New Mexico. RSMToolclick on the above link to access the tool and explore mapped permitted facilities along with their permit documents. If you have questions about the tool please contact Denise Huff at 505-476-4321
New!GCP-Oil and Gas update
Based on comments received by the public, the modeling has been revised to consider more accurate background concentration data and meteorological data.
Please provide your comments in writing by November 1, 2016
Recognizing the importance of permitting to environmental protection and conducting business in New Mexico, the New Mexico Environment Department is undertaking a review of the Department's permitting processes. The initial report summarizes the findings and recommendations related to the Air Quality Bureau construction permit program. This Improving Environmental Permitting Final Report summarizes the improvements made in the Permitting Program of the Air Quality Bureau.
The AQB Permitting Section processes permit applications for industries that emit pollutants to ambient air. The Permitting Section consists of three units:
Industries that wish to build or modify facilities that emit air pollutants (emissions) into the air must obtain an air quality permit prior to constructing. Thus, these permits are called construction permits. These facilities are subject to and the associated construction permits are issued pursuant to the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) regulation 20.2.72 NMAC and 20.2.74 NMAC.
Robert Samaniego, manager - 505-476-4360
The Major Source Unit is responsible for both construction permits and operating permits for both Title V major sources and PSD major sources, each of which has it own dedicated permitting program:
Melinda Owens, manager - 505-476-4341
Title V Operating Permits (under the Title V program) are required for major sources that have a potential to emit more than 100 tons per year for criteria pollutants, or for landfills greater than 2.5 million cubic meters (2.5 million-mg). In addition, TV major sources also include facilities that have the potential to emit greater than ten tons per year of a single Hazardous Air Pollutant, or 25 tons per year of any combination of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP). These facilities are subject to and the associated operating permits are issued pursuant to the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) regulation 20.2.70 NMAC.
Cember Hardison manager - 505-476-4346
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permits (subject to 20.2.74 NMAC) are required prior to construction or modification of sources subject to 20.2.74 NMAC. PSD permit applications may require pre-construction air monitoring before submittal of the application.
Liz Bisbey-Kuehn , manager - 505-476-4338
The Minor Source Unit is responsible for the issuing the following types of minor source construction permits:
Construction Permits are required for all sources with the potential emission rate greater than 10 pounds per hour, or 25 tons per year, of criteria pollutants (such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide). Air quality construction permits must be obtained for new or modified sources prior beginning construction. This program also issues modifications and revisions to minor source construction permits.
The Minor Source Unit also issues industry specific permits such as Streamline Permits (oil & gas compressor stations).
Instead of a regular construction permit or a streamline permit, facilities may optionally apply to register to operate under a General Construction Permit, which is a permit written to handle the needs of a specific industry. GCP numbers 1, 4 and 6 for the Oil & Gas Industry are processed by this Unit.
Facilities that emit less pollutants than cited for a minor source permit still need to report their emissions to the Department if the facility emits more than 10 tons per year of any criteria pollutant. These facilities must be issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) prior to construction.
Facilities that emit less than 10 tons per year of any criteria pollutant do not need an air quality permit nor do they need a Notice of Intent. No permitting action is required of these facilities If for their own purposes, these facilities would like a letter from the Department confirming their determination, they may request a No Permit Required (NPR) externalization from the Department
Kerry Carr, manager - 505-476-4339
The Technical Services Unit is responsible for providing technical support for the entire Permit Programs Section and issuing the following types of minor source construction permits:
Instead of a regular construction permit or a streamline permit, facilities may optionally apply to register to operate under a General Construction Permit, which is a permit written to handle the needs of a specific industry. GCP numbers 2, 3 and 5 (for the Aggregate Crushers, Asphalt Plants and Concrete Batch Plants, respectively) are processed by this Unit.
Relocations for NSR, GCP 2, 3 and 5 Relocations
Notice of Exemptions
Information Technology Project Management
Annual Permit Fees
Qualified Generating Facility Certifications
AQB Permitting Web Site Management
Permit Assignments and Tracking
Refer to "Do I Need a Permit?" for a more complete discussion on permitting requirements, types of permits, and general permitting guidance.