California New Source Review regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California New Source Review : What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air pollution control districts: 26 California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC) 40000 to 41357

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Protect California Air Act of 2003, 26 CH & SC 42500 to 42507

Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): 40 CFR 51.165 and 40 CFR 52.24

Federal nonattainment areas: 40 CFR 81.305

State nonattainment areas: 17 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 60100 to 60114, 17 CCR 60201 to 60210, 17 CCR 70200, 17 CCR 70200.5, and 17 CCR 70300 to 70306

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD): 40 CFR 51.166, 40 CFR 52.21, and 40 CFR 52.270

Class I areas: 40 CFR 81.405

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Local air districts

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In addition to permitting nonmajor sources, each of the 35 local air districts in California has also adopted New Source Review (NSR) regulations for permitting new major sources or major modifications to existing sources located in nonattainment areas that have been incorporated into the state implementation plan (SIP). These SIP-approved regulations usually incorporate both the applicable California provisions and the federal nonattainment NSR requirements into one or more regulations. See the state section AIR-GENERAL for additional information on SIPs and the local air districts and the national section NEW SOURCE REVIEW for additional guidance on the requirements of nonattainment NSR.

New major sources or major modifications to existing sources located in attainment areas must comply with the provisions of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD). ...

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