Louisiana New Source Review regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Louisiana New Source Review : What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air permits: Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:III.501 to 33:III.551

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Construction permits: LAC 33:III.501, LAC 33:III.503, and LAC 33:III.513

Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): 40 CFR 52.970 and LAC 33:III.504

Nonattainment areas: 40 CFR 81.319

Permitting requirements: LAC 33:III.504

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD): 40 CFR 52.970, 40 CFR 52.986, and LAC 33:III.509

Applicability and exemptions: LAC 33:III.509.I and 40 CFR 52.986(c)

Application requirements: LAC 33:III.509.J to 33:III.509.P, LAC 33:III.509.R, and LAC 33:III.509.AA

Class I areas: LAC 33:III.509.C

Emissions reductions: LAC 33:III.511

Emissions reduction credits (ERCs): LAC 33:III.601 to 33:III.619

Regulatory Agency

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services Permits Division

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Louisiana requires a facility to apply for and obtain a construction permit before beginning construction of a new source or modifying an existing source. 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.

Louisiana currently has several counties that are in nonattainment with one or more of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The provisions of nonattainment NSR apply to new major sources or major modifications in those areas, while PSD requirements apply to attainment areas. Louisiana administers state ...

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