Hawaii Air Permitting regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Hawaii Air Permitting: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Construction permits:

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Noncovered source permits: Hawaii Administrative Rule (HAR) 11-60.1-61 to 11-60.1-76

Major source construction permits:

Covered Source Permits-Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD): HAR 11-60.1-131 to 11-60.1-132

Operating permits:

Noncovered source permits: HAR 11-60.1-61 to 11-60.1-76

Major source operating permits:

Covered source permits-Title V: HAR 11-60.1-81 to 11-60.1-104

Other permitting considerations:

Fees: HAR 11-60.1-111 to 11-60.1-121

Regulatory Agencies

Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) Environmental Health Administration Environmental Management Division Clean Air Branch

Comparison: State vs. Federal
  • Rules. Hawaii has developed an air emissions permit program that divides air pollution sources into covered and noncovered sources and issues permits to each that incorporate both construction and operating requirements. Covered sources include major sources, sources subject to federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), sources subject to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements. Nonattainment New Source Review is not applicable in Hawaii because there are no nonattainment areas in the state. A noncovered source includes any other stationary source constructed, modified, or relocated after March 20, 1972. See the state sections NEW SOURCE REVIEW and TITLE V for more information on covered source permitting requirements.
  • Administration and enforcement. The Clean Air Branch within the Department of Health is authorized to administer and enforce all air permitting regulations in Hawaii.
  • State Requirements


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