Michigan Air Permitting regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Air Permitting: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air permits: Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 336.1201 to 336.1299

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Construction permits: MAC r. 336.1201 to 336.1209, MAC r. 336.1224 to 336.1232, and MAC r. 336.1278 to 336.1290

Applicability: MAC r. 336.1201 and MAC r. 336.1202

Application: MAC r. 336.1203

Exemptions: MAC r. 336.1278, MAC r. 336.1278a, and MAC r. 336.1280 to 336.1290

Action on the Application

MAC r. 336.1206 and MCL 324.5511

Toxic air contaminants: MAC r. 336.1224 to 336.1232

Major source construction permits:

Nonattainment new source review (NSR): MAC r. 336.2901 to 336.2910

Prevention of significant deterioration (PSD): MAC r. 336.2801 to 336.2830

Operating permits: MAC r. 336.1201(6)(b)

Major source operating permits:

Renewable operating permits (ROPs): MAC r. 336.1210 to 336.1218

Other state permits:

General permits to install: MAC r. 336.1201a

Regulatory Agency

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Air Quality Division

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan has developed an air emissions permitting program that meets federal standards. The permits to install authorize the construction or modification of a nonmajor source, as well as operation of the source. The construction or modification of major sources must be done in compliance with nonattainment NSR and/or PSD. Michigan's Title V program was modeled after the federal program, but DEQ refers to the permit as an ROP. DEQ added an air toxics program for new and modified sources that makes the state's rules more stringent than the federal NSR requirements.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Air Quality Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's air ...

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