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Permitting News:

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

DRAFT – GCP – Oil and Gas – REVISED preliminary modeling results

DRAFT – preliminary Modeling Report – 8/15/16

DRAFT – preliminary Modeling Conclusions – 8/15/16DRAFT – Background Modeling Information  – 4/14/16

DRAFT - preliminary Flare Modeling Conclusions and Permit Conditions - 10/17/16

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

 

New 1-hr NO2 & SO2 Modeling Requirements 5/09/16

Guidance on Implementation of the 1-Hour NO2-SO2 Standards

 

Improving Environmental Permitting

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.

 

Permit Programs Overview:

The AQB Permitting Section processes permit applications for industries that emit pollutants to ambient air.  The Permitting Section consists of three units:

  • The Minor Source Unit
  • The Major Source Unit
  • The Technical Services Unit

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.

The Major Source Unit  

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:

1.  The Title V Operating Permits 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.

2.  The Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Program

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.

  1. Any stationary source listed in table 1 (20.2.74.501 NMAC) which emits, or has the potential to emit, emissions equal to or greater than one hundred (100) tons per year of any regulated new source review pollutant.
  2. Any stationary source not listed in table 1 (20.2.74.501 NMAC) and which emits or has the potential to emit two hundred fifty (250) tons per year or more of any regulated new source review pollutant.

 

The Minor Source Unit  

Liz Bisbey-Kuehn , manager -  505-476-4338

The Minor Source Unit is responsible for the issuing the following types of minor source construction permits:

NSR 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. 

Streamline Permits

The Minor Source Unit also issues industry specific permits such as Streamline Permits (oil & gas compressor stations). 

General 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 1, 4 and 6 for the Oil & Gas Industry are processed by this Unit.

Notice of Intent (NOI)

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.

No Permit Required (NPR)

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

 

The Technical Services Unit  

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:

General 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

Administrative Revisions

Equipment Substitutions

Notice of Exemptions

Technical Support Responsibilities:

Information Technology Project Management

Annual Permit Fees

Qualified Generating Facility Certifications

AQB Permitting Web Site Management

IPRA requests

Permit Assignments and Tracking

Do I Need a Permit?

Refer to "Do I Need a Permit?" for a more complete discussion on permitting requirements, types of permits, and general permitting guidance.

Permitting Issuance Statistics

Permitting Issuance Statistics

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