North Carolina New Source Review regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina New Source Review : What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Registration: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 2D.0202

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Construction and operating permits: 15A NCAC 2Q.0101 and 15A NCAC 2Q.0301 to 2Q.0317

Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): 15A NCAC 2D.0531

Nonattainment areas: 40 CFR 81.334

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD): 15A NCAC 2D.0530, 40 CFR 51.166, 40 CFR 52.21, 40 CFR 52.1770, 40 CFR 52.1772, and 40 CFR 52.1778

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: 15A NCAC 2D.0544

Class I areas: 40 CFR 81.422

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ)

Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency

Forsyth County Environmental Affairs Department

Mecklenburg County Department of Environmental Protection

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina requires sources emitting specified pollutants to receive construction and operation permits. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issues one type of permit that covers both construction and operation of a source. The DEQ may also request that any source be required to register with the agency.

Currently, all areas of North Carolina are designated attainment or unclassifiable for all National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Therefore, new major sources or major modifications to existing major sources must comply with the applicable provisions of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), depending on the type and quantity of air pollutants emitted. North Carolina administers state implementation plan (SIP)-approved programs, which means the provisions of federal nonattainment New Source Review (NSR), PSD, and any amendments are ...

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