Governing Law and Regulations
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division Air Protection Branch
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia has developed an air emissions permitting program requiring each source that has the potential to emit (PTE) an air contaminant within the state to obtain both a construction permit and an operating permit from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). In some cases, construction permits and operating permits may be combined into a single document, as can the respective applications. New major sources or modifications to existing major sources must comply with the applicable provisions of nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) and/or Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), depending on the attainment status of the area in which the source is located and the type and quantity of air pollutants emitted.
The entire state of Georgia is currently in attainment with all of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Therefore, the provisions of nonattainment NSR are not applicable at this time. New major sources or major modifications in the state must comply with PSD requirements. Georgia administers a state implementation plan (SIP)-approved PSD program. Therefore, the provisions of federal PSD and any amendments are not ...