Alaska Air Permitting regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alaska Air Permitting: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Construction permits: 18 Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 50.502 to 50.546

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Major source construction permits:

Nonattainment new source review (NSR): 18 AAC 50.302 and 18 AAC 50.311

Prevention of significant deterioration: (PSD): 18 AAC 50.302 and 18 AAC 50.306

Operating permits: 18 AAC 50.502 to 50.546

Major source operating permits:

Title V operating permits: 18 AAC 50.326

Synthetic minor operating permits: 18 AAC 50.225

Other state permits:

General permits: 18 AAC 50.560

Preapproved emission limits (PAEL): 18 AAC 50.230

Other permitting considerations:

Fees: 18 AAC 50.400 to 50.499

Certification: 18 AAC 50.205 and Alaska Statutes (AS) 09.80.010 to 09.80.195

Regulatory Agency

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Alaska has developed an air emissions permit program that requires selected source types and all sources with potential emissions above the state-established thresholds to obtain permits before beginning any construction, modification, operation, or relocation. Major sources of air emissions must also comply the additional regulations applicable to major sources. See the state sections NEW SOURCE REVIEW and TITLE V for major source permitting requirements.

Administration and enforcement. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is authorized to administer and enforce all air permitting regulations in Alaska.

State Requirements


Before initiating any permitting activity, it is important to quantify emissions from the facility and/or the new or modified emissions unit. Having an accurate estimate of emissions will allow the applicant to determine if a permit is required, what type of permit is required, ...

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