Massachusetts Air Permitting regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Air Permitting: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Construction permits: 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 7.02 and 310 CMR 7.03

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Limited plan application: 310 CMR 7.02(4) and 310 CMR 7.02(8)(a)

Comprehensive plan application: 310 CMR 7.02(5) and 310 CMR 7.02(8)

Emergency or standby engines: 310 CMR 7.02(8)(i), 310 CMR 7.03(1), 310 CMR 7.03(10), 310 CMR 7.26(40), and 310 CMR 7.26 (42)

Plan approval by rule: 310 CMR 7.03

Exemptions: 310 CMR 7.02(2)(b)

Major source construction permits:

Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): 310 CMR 7.00 Appendix A

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD): 40 CFR 52.21 and 310 CMR 7.02(5)(d)

Operating permits: 310 CMR 7.02 and 310 CMR 7.03

Major source operating permits:

Synthetic minor operating permits: 310 CMR 7.02(9) and 310 CMR 7.02(11)

Title V operating permit program: 310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C

Other permitting considerations:

Fees: 310 CMR 4.03, 310 CMR 4.04, and 310 CMR 4.10

Source registration: 310 CMR 7.12

Banking and trading emissions reduction credits (ERCs): 310 CMR 7.00, Appendix B

Best available control technology (BACT): 310 CMR 7.02(8)(a)(2)

Environmental Results Program (ERP): 310 CMR 70.01 to 70.04

Regulatory Agency

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Prevention

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts requires that an air quality permit be obtained from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the construction, reconstruction, or alteration and subsequent operation of sources meeting the applicability criteria, unless specifically exempted by the regulations. Air quality permits, referred to as plan ...

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