Tennessee New Source Review regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee New Source Review : What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Construction permits: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 1200-03-09-.01

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Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Rule 1200-03-09-.01(5)(b)

Nonattainment areas: 40 CFR 81.343

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD): 40 CFR 52.2222 and Rule 1200-03-09-.01(4)

Class I areas: Rule 1200-03-09-.01(8)

Regulatory Agencies

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Air Pollution Control

Chattanooga/Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau

Knox County Air Quality Management Division

Memphis and Shelby County Health Department

Metropolitan Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County Air Pollution Control Division

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Tennessee requires sources to apply for and obtain a construction permit before beginning construction of a new source or modifying an existing source, unless the source is specifically exempted. New major sources or major modifications to existing major sources must comply with applicable provisions of nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) and/or Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), depending on the attainment status of the area where the source is located and the type and quantity of air pollutants emitted.

Tennessee currently has several counties that are in nonattainment of one or more of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). Therefore, both the provisions of nonattainment NSR and PSD are applicable in the state. Tennessee administers state implementation plan (SIP)-approved programs. Therefore, the provisions of federal nonattainment NSR, PSD, and any amendments are not effective in Tennessee until a SIP ...

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