Governing Law and Regulations
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Air Pollution Control Division (APCD)
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. Vermont requires specified facilities to apply for and obtain a construction permit before beginning construction, installation, or modification of an emissions 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 where the source is located and the type and quantity of air pollutants emitted.
Vermont is currently in attainment with all of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the various criteria pollutants. Therefore, new major sources and major modifications to existing sources are not subject to the requirements of nonattainment NSR at this time. However, such sources and changes are subject to PSD requirements. Vermont administers state implementation plan (SIP)-approved PSD program. Therefore, the provisions of PSD and any amendments are not effective in Vermont until a SIP revision incorporating provisions at least as stringent as the federal requirements is ...